To be eligible for acceptance to this special doctoral programme one must fulfill both the basic acceptance requirements for graduate studies as well as the specific acceptance requirements. The basic acceptance requirements stipulate that the candidate have an advanced degree (Masters or Magister) and completed at least 240 university credits (or equivalent to Swedish university credits), of which 60 credits must be at the advanced (Masters) level, or in some other way have acquired the equivalent, either inside or outside of Sweden. The specific acceptance requirements are (1) completion of a Magister degree (or equivalent) in the intended subject area and (2) relevance to the focus area of the special doctoral programme.

Candidates must be able to attest that they fulfil both the basic and the specific acceptance requirements to the graduate programme of one of the following subjects:
Ancient Greek, Arabic, the languages and cultures of Asia (Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Central Asian Studies), the Baltic languages, bilingualism, comparative linguistics, computational linguistics, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, language development, Latin, pedagogy of language, Portuguese, Scandinavian languages, sign language, Slavic languages, and Spanish.

Candidates who have already completed a Ph.D., or who have started a doctoral programme, will not be accepted to the Special Doctoral Programme in Language and Linguistics.

The main selection criterion for applicants is whether they have the capacity to benefit from the training. Factors considered in the selection process include the applicant’s previous study results, research plan and other merits, such as work experience and postgraduate publications.