Become a member of SULF – the association for doctoral candidates, researchers and university teachers

The Swedish Association of University Teachers and Researchers (SULF), is a non-political organization and the only professional and union association that is completely dedicated to the professional and work related issues of doctoral candidates, research staff and university teachers. We have more than 20,500 members. Swedens most educated members are in our union – become one of us! As a member of SULF you will get access to our helpline, advice and support, influence and membership benefits!  We know higher education!

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Membership benefits

With a membership in SULF you will get access to all the knowledge and competence in the unique conditions that exist within the higher education system. You will also get a income insurance specially adapted to the needs of SULF members. It is one of the best income insurance schemes on the market. Welcome to SULF – it pays to become a member!

  • One of the best income insurance schemes on the market is included in your membership. The insurance policy is specially adapted to the needs of SULF members. In order to be covered by this insurance, you must have been a member of the union for at least 12 months and also a member of the unemployment insurance fund (AEA) for at least 12 month.
  • In the other income insurance schemes, periods on scholarships or full-time doctoral studies with no employment position cause problems, but we have anticipated these situations and you are able to disregard certain periods which improves your chances of receiving benefits. We also maximize your potential to combine support from the Job Security Foundation with SULF income insurance. For example if you are entitled to 44 days of benefit from the Job Security Foundation, you can then carry on with all 150 days of SULF income insurance.
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  • Additional insurance. Members can now take out an individual addition insurance policy on top of the basic insurance cover that is included in membership. This additional insurance must be taken out by each member individually and provides payments for an additional 150 days. Monthly premiums vary according to income from SEK 33 to SEK 198. Contact Folksam for more information.

Group and Life Insurance for members at Folksam
As a member of SULF you can get access to collective insurance at preferential rates through Folksam for you and the family:

  • Life insurance
  • Health endowment insurance
  • Health and medical insurance
  • Accident insurance
  • Health insurance

As a new member, you will automatically receive insurance coverage that’s valid starting your first day. The first three months are free of charge, and you won’t need to submit a declaration of health. Read more here. 

Film about the Folksam insurance for new SULF members (with English subtitles:

Group Insurance for members at Folksam
As a member of SULF you can get access to collective insurance at preferential rates through Folksam for you and the family. Collective insurance provides comprehensive cover at lower premiums than individual policies. SULF membership insurance includes special rates for life insurance, accident insurance, health insurance, family protection cover, seniors insurance, children’s insurance and pregnancy insurance.  As a new member, you will automatically receive insurance coverage that’s valid starting your first day. The first three months are free of charge, and you won’t need to submit a declaration of health. Read more!

Home insurance from Trygg-Hansa
As a member of SULF, you are entitled to preferential terms when you take out home and car insurance. We offer particularly favourable home insurance terms for doctoral candidates and their dependents.

  • Always at least 10 per cent discount on your home insurance
  • A first-year discount of 10 per cent on your car insurance and 20 per cent on your home insurance. In addition, you can receive Trygg Hansa’s special discount for multiple insurances.
  • In case of involuntary unemployment, you will not have to pay the premium for your home insurance and car insurance for up to one year

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You can take out a mortgage at a preferential interest rate with Danske Bank and SEB.  You can also apply for a member loan through one of SULF’s member loan banks at a low interest rate  as a member: (in Swedish only)

SULF members have access to the SULF helpline. The SULF helpline puts you in direct contact with the Association’s officers if you have any questions or need advice. But before you contact us – have a look at the Facts – we have compiled some of our knowledge here.

Call us!
Call us on  08-505 836 00.  The helpline is staffed by union officers at 9.00-11.30 every weekday. Please note that the helpline is for SULF members only, so you will need to provide your personal identity number or your membership number.

Online support!
The SULF online support service allows members to send questions to our union officers. Click here to submit a question. We aim to answer all questions within 24 hours, though this may vary during holidays and weekends.

In order to answer your question as fully as possible, we need the following information:
1. Your membership number or personal identity number
2. The subject of your enquiry
3. The email address to which you would like us to reply or your telephone number

Many SULF-members work abroad during periods, SULF provides special benefits for you who are going to work abroad during a few years.

Membership service abroad
Member service abroad. If you are a member of SULF and work temporarily (maximum 2 years) in Finland, Norway, Denmark, or the UK, Canada or Irland, you are entitled to member service from SULF’s sister association in each respective country. Read more here.

Swedes Worldwide
As a member of SULF you will receive a 20 percent discount on membership in Swedes Worldwide, you will than pay 400 SEK. SW gives you  advice on issues of interest to Swedes living abroad. As a member you have access to advisors who have special knowledge about pension, tax and legal issues. You can subscribe to their newsletter and magazine.

Through the web site, magazine and Facebook you will get information and create contacts between Swedes around the world.

Read more about Swedes Worldwide

SULF arranges a large number of local seminars and courses. For more information, se the calender!

Universitetsläraren  is SULF´s magazine for members. It is issued 8 times annually and a subscription is included in your membership fees. This magazine is the leading arena for higher educational political discussions in Sweden – also an important advertising channel within the higher education field.

SULF salary statistics
Every year SULF compiles salary statistics. Statistics concern relevant salary levels for doctoral candidates in employed positions, postdocs, research assistants, lecturers, senior lecturers and professors in public sector agreement areas.

Saco Lönesök
Saco Lönesök gives you access to unique profession-specific salary statistics. Here there are average salaries and data on the distribution of salaries for  different age groups, graduation year, qualification, employment sector etc.

FAQs

SULF membership FAQs. Please feel free to contact the SULF Membership Register if you do not find the answers to your questions below, phone 08-505 836 00 or send us an e-mail medlem@sulf.se. Join us today!

University teachers, researchers, doctoral candidates and comparable staff at universities and research institutes. If you have questions concerning your possible membership, simply contact us at the SULF Membership Register. Please contact us on 08-505 836 00 or send us an e-mail medlem@sulf.se

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SULF is the only union that is fully focussed on the academic world. You gain full access to our expertise on conditions specific to the university sector, including  membership of one of our professional sections. You help SULF to promote higher education policy issues. SULF provides security, support and guidance through its fact bank, membership helpline and support to your local Saco-S and SULF association. You gain the opportunity to influence as well as access to membership benefits. Learn more about membership benefits, which also include SULF income insurance.

Please note that membership of the unemployment insurance fund AEA (Akademikernas erkända a-kassa) is not included. SULF recommends that you supplement your SULF membership with a membership of AEA.

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Yes, one of the best income insurance policies on the market with Folksam is included in SULF membership. This insurance is specifically tailored to the needs of SULF members: for example, a period on a post-doc scholarship or research studies full time without an employment position can be disregarded when calculating the time period for eligibility.

We also provide Additional insurance. Members can now take out an individual addition insurance policy on top of the basic insurance cover that is included in membership. This additional insurance must be taken out by each member individually and provides payments for an additional 150 days. Monthly premiums vary according to income from SEK 33 to SEK 198.

Read more about the income insurance and additional insurance here.

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If you are a member of another union you must cancel your membership there. Find out what date your withdrawal can be scheduled and use this for your admission application to SULF so you will be a member from the same date, provided your SULF application is received during the month you wish to enter.

If you have been covered by an income insurance scheme in another trade union, your period of membership in that scheme may be counted towards the qualifying period if the membership is valid at the time you join SULF. If you become unemployed before you have been a member of SULF for 12 months, you will require proof of membership from your previous union.

  • Other Saco unions. If you are a member of another Saco union, you can (in most cases at no, or very small, additional cost), become a double member and join SULF so you get membership of the two unions for basically one fee. This provides access to two magazines, membership benefits from two unions etc. Learn more about our double-membership charges for professionals and doctoral candidates. Contact SULF Membership Register for further details.
  • Swedish Association of Health Professionals. If you are a member of this union and work as a teacher of nursing science you may become a member of SULF only and at the same time remain as non-negotiable member of the Swedish Association of Health Professionals. Contact them for discussions on your continued membership and indicate that you are SULF member.

No, Akademikernas Erkända Arbetslöshetskassa, AEA, is an independent organisation and membership requires a separate application. SULF recommends that you become member of AEA. Apply for membership here. The monthly fee for membership of AEA is currently SEK 110.

For questions about unemployment insurance, ring directly to AEA on 08-412 33 00.

SULF members belong to the Akademikernas erkända arbetslöshetskassa, AEA. If you wish to join the AEA you must complete a separate application for admission. Please note that membership of the AEA is not included in your SULF membership. SULF recommends that you supplement your SULF membership with a membership of AEA.

If you are switching from another insurance fund should find out what date your withdrawal is scheduled and state this on your admission application to AEA. You should also request what is known as proof of transition which will enable your membership period in your previous insurance fund to be credited by the AEA.

When you get your proof of transition from your previous unemployment fund, submit it to AEA. This is important because your membership of unemployment insurance must be continuous if, in the future, you become unemployed and apply for payments from them.

When you log in to My Pages, you can see you membership data and are able to update the information. You can also see your invoices and your membership number. 

We update all members’ address information automatically through SPAR, a register linked to the Swedish Population Register. If you would like to receive your post an address other than the one at which you are officially registered, choose yes in the field marked other postal address.

It is your own responsibility to ensure that all your other membership data is correct. You can find  SULF’s charter here.

Log in to My Pages and then click contact us at the top of the page.

You are welcome to remain a member of the union even after retirement at a reduced fee, 600 SEK/year. You can then continue to exert influence on the university world. Membership also allows you to follow developments in higher education in the Universitetsläraren magazine, newsletters and you also get to retain discounted insurance and other membership benefits.

Log in to My Pages to update your details. Please note that we need to receive and process your membership, so the changes will not be shown immediately on your SULF pages.

Leaving the union

Request your exit from SULF by logging into My Pages. Login requires a Bank ID.

No Bank ID? Ordering a Bank ID differs between banks, usually they can be ordered directly from the relevant Internet bank, if not please ask your bank. For more information on Bank ID, read here!

When you are logged in, click on “Contact”. For our statistics, please fill in the reason for your leaving.

Membership ends on the last day of the month SULF receives your request.

Membership fees are charged as usual until the date of exit. Then SULF cancels invoicing or direct debit instructions. If you pay by direct debit, please remember that union fees are deducted in arrears.

Before you leave we would like to remind you about some of the membership benefits that will come to an end

Membership insurance cover
If you are unsure whether you are insured or not, please contact the relevant insurance company as you pay directly to them.

Life and accident insurance: Folksam  Ring: 0771–950 950 business days 7.30–21.00, weekends 09.00–19.00

Home and non-life insurance: Trygg Hansa.  Ring: 0771–111 667 business days 8.00-19.00, weekends 9.00-17.00.

SULF income insurance  is included in your membership fee and will cease when you leave.

If you are changing union, the period you have been a member of SULF can be counted for qualification on the condition that your SULF membership ends directly before you join the other union.

Unemployment Insurance Fund
If you wish to leave the unemployment insurance fund, AEA you have to request your exit directly to them. Remember that it takes twelve full months to gain full insurance cover if you leave the fund and then wish to join again.

Double membership
If you are a double member in SULF and any other Saco union, your double membership ceases and you must notify the other union yourself whether you wish to remain there or not. According to the double-membership agreements in place, you cannot be a retired member, a foreign member or a guest member and are solely a member of SULF.

Retiring?
You are welcome to stay as a member of the union even after retirement at a reduced fee of SEK 600 per year. You are then able to continue to influence the university world in the right direction. Membership also allows you to continue to follow developments in the union magazine Universitetsläraren and newsletters and you also enjoy discounted insurance and other membership benefits.

Moving abroad and perhaps returning to Sweden?
Instead of leaving SULF, take membership as a foreign member or guest member. Contact us and we can tell you more.

Fees

SULF membership fee is SEK 240 per month, including income insurance. It is easiest to pay your fees by e-invoice or by direct debit. A charge of SEK 19 per invoice will be added (valid from 2019) for a paper invoice.

Fees to unemployment insurance funds are not included. In order to receive payments from the income insurance, you must be entitled to income-related unemployment benefits from the unemployment insurance fund. This means that you need to have been both a member of SULF and an unemployment insurance fund for at least 12 months in order to take advantage of the insurance. SULF therefore recommends that members also become members of the Akademikernas a-kassa, AEA.

Fees

Category Fee/month
Ordinary member SEK 240
Paid position as doctoral candidate SEK 125
Retired SEK 600/year
Dual membership
SULF has dual membership agreements with18
other Saco associations.
Membership fees are set by specific agreements
between SULF and the relevant association.
For more information about dual membership,
please contact SULF’s membership service

Read more under “Reduced membership fees”
if you can apply for reduction

(Charge for paper invoices to be introduced in 2019)

Payment

SULF respects the environment! If membership fees are paid electronically by all SULF members, this will make a difference to the environment and this is also in compliance with the union’s environmental policy. So, for the sake of the environment, please choose direct debit or e-invoice.

Additionally, if you choose direct debit or e-invoice, it will be easier for both you and the union. And you will avoid the paper invoice charge!

There are three ways to pay membership fees: direct debit (monthly) or e-invoice (monthly or yearly) or by having a paper invoice sent to you. For paper invoices, a fee of SEK 19 is charged per invoice.

  1. Direct debit means that SULF members give SULF the power of attorney to deduct membership fees monthly from their bank accounts. To sign up for a direct debit, please contact your internet bank. Select SULF as payee. If your bank requests a payment number or similar, enter your 10-digit personal registration number without hyphens. SULF fees are payable in arrears and deducted on the last banking day of each month.
  2. E-invoice: If you are a customer of a bank that can receive e-invoices and have a payment service through your internet bank, you may pay your membership fees through an e-invoice. This is a simple and easy way to pay and means that the invoice is sent to your internet bank instead of sending it by regular mail. The electronic invoice contains the same information as a paper invoice. Most major banks in Sweden are affiliated. To obtain an e-invoice, log in to your internet bank and complete the registration.
  3. Paper invoice. You can choose to have a paper invoice posted to you for your membership fees for an entire year or one for each month. A charge pf SEK 19 is added per invoice sent.

For pensioner membership, pay monthly by direct debit or yearly via paper or e-invoice. Paper invoices mean an additional charge of SEK 19.

Payment from abroad:
IBAN number: SE15 8000 0890 1191 4326 5990
Bank BIC: SWEDSESS
Currency: SEK

Swedbank is SULF’s bank. State your personal registration and invoice number as payment reference. You are liable for any bank/transaction charges.

 

From July 2018, trade union membership fees are tax deductible. The deduction takes the form of a tax reduction of 25 per cent and is calculated on the annual membership fee, provided that the fee is at least SEK 400 per year. As a member, you do not need to do anything yourself, as the deduction is made automatically when SULF provides the relevant information to the Swedish Tax Agency. The money will be returned as a tax refund the following year

Membership fees at  SEK 240 cover a number of benefits, including the SULF income insurance. Unemployment insurance is additional, sign up for it separately at AEA.

SULF is an environmentally-aware organisation – Swedish university teachers and researchers take care of the environment! If membership fees were paid electronically by all SULF members, this would make a difference to the environment and, furthermore, be well in line with the union’s environment policy. Add that this payment method is easier for both you and the union, then the answer is clear – choose an electronic payment method:

There are three ways to pay your fees: a bill sent to your home, direct debit (monthly) or e-invoice (quarterly/annually).

Please note that if you currently pay by direct debit and wish to switch to e-invoicing, let us know so we can remove your direct debit authorisation E-mail us then remove your direct debit authorisation at the bank.

Direct debit
Your membership fee is deducted automatically every month from your bank account.
Log on to your online bank to register direct debits.

E-invoicing
You receive a bill presented electronically to your online bank account and you just accept it. All the data concerning your payment is already complete. Log on to your online bank to register for e-invoicing.

Bill  monthly/annually by post.

SULF membership fees are SEK 240 per month including income insurance. Here you can see how the membership fees are used . Overall costs of premises, staff and It is distributed among the different categories.
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Academic careers bring a variety of employment conditions so SULF has chosen to reduce its membership fees for doctoral students or members who are on a scholarship.

Reduced fees also apply to members who have been unemployed for a such a short time that they aren´t covered by unemployment insurance or income insurance. If you have a dual membership you can’t have reduced fees.

Limited reduced fees

  • Doctoral candidates with scholarships
  • Work abroad without paid position from Sweden (except members who have access to guest membership in Canada, Irland, Great Britain, Denmark, Norway or Finland for a period no longer than 2 years
  • Unemployed members who have not been members long enough to qualify for compensation from the unemployment insurance fund (A-kassa) or the SULF income insurance.

Any questions about your membership fees? Please contact the membership register by
e-mail.

Notify SULF that you wish to pay reduced membership fees. The reduction applies for a limited period, with the exception of fees for retirees.

Let us know that you wish to apply for reduced fees by sending an e-mail to medlem@sulf.se. Specify membership number/personal registration number and the type of reduction relevant.

Note that fee reduction is not granted retroactively. Any questions about your membership fees? Please contact the membership register by e-mail or telephone on 08-50583600. Phone hours for the membership register: 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on normal working days.

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