PhD in Diversity Studies

Updated: about 1 month ago
Deadline: 22 Mar 2024

PhD scholarship in Diversity studies

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a PhD fellowship in Diversity studies with a focus on the intersection of gender and religion at the Department of Business Humanities and Law (BHL). 

The PhD position is a 3 year full-time contract connected to the Carlsberg Foundation research project “Women’s Employment Journey in Danish Multinational Enterprises in the Arab Middle East” led by Associate Professor Claudia Eger. See more information about the project here . The project will last for three years, and the team will consist of a PhD, a Postdoc, and a research assistant. The envisioned starting date of the PhD position is September 1, 2024.

Examples of research topics that the PhD project may cover: 

  • Connecting religious studies and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) scholarship
  • Sensemaking and identity work of female managers and employees
  • History, development and institutionalization of EDI policies and practices in Saudi Arabia and the Arab Middle East
  • Women’s employment experiences in Danish multinational enterprises in Saudi Arabia

Core research areas of the Department of Business Humanities and Law are organized into different research Units: Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership; Governance, Culture and Learning; and CBS Law. Faculty within these groups have research backgrounds in all areas of law, political science, sociology, philosophy, history, anthropology, literature, theology, aesthetics, design and innovation, tourism and leisure management, cultural economics, leadership and strategy, pedagogic study, and other areas.

The position will be affiliated with the Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership unit. What unites faculty is an overriding concern for the organization of the human within its multiple environments: work, nature, economy, civil association, the state, and corporation. BHL also participates in numerous interdisciplinary cross-CBS activities. In line with this concern, the PhD should demonstrate a capacity to bridge across several of these environments and place the human at the heart of the project.

About the PhD programme

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme, .  

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are in high demand.

CBS is committed to ensuring excellence, transformative and relevant teaching and research. Candidates who wish to join us must be interested in working in an organisation of this type and it is expected that the applicant shows an interest in joining the department's research environment.It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, see here .

Qualifications and admission requirements

The department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

To be considered the applicant must

• have successfully completed the Master's degree before commencing the PhD at CBS (corresponding to the 3 + 2 Bologna process)

• have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master's thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale ( )

• have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the bachelor's and master's degree combined or alternatively a weighted grade point average must be at least 9.5 for the master's degree alone. If the grade point average is not met, documentation for being in the top 40% of the class is also accepted. 

• have an educational background in the social sciences 

• master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking and laguage proficiency in Arabic is a plus.


Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below. 

Applications must include: 

  • Research proposal (maximum 5 pages).
    This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan. 
  • Copies of Bachelor and Master’s degree certificates or other certificates of a corresponding level along with a grade transcript
  • Concise curriculum vitae (CV)
  • List of papers and publications
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis)
  • Documentation for English and if applicable, Arabic language skills
  • More information can be found here:

    The PhD student is enrolled in the CBS PhD School. Further information about PhD scholarships and the PhD programme can be found at .

    Forfurther information please contact Associate Professor Claudia Eger, email [email protected] . Information about the department can be found at .

    Employment and salary
    A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years. The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 28,993 up to DKK 35,015 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 %. 

    Salary level and employment take place in accordance with the Ministry of Taxation's agreement with the Academics' Central Organization.

    Recruitment procedure 

    The Recruitment Committee shortlists at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. Applicants are informed whether their application has proceeded for assessment.

    Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and will receive their personal assessment later. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. Please note that a positive assessment does not automatically result in an interview. Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application. 

    The application must be sent via the online link below. 

    Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see above), by the application deadline.

    Details about Copenhagen Business School are available at .

    Closing date: 22 March 2024.

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    CBS is a globally recognised business school with deep roots in the Nordic socio-economic model. Our faculty has a broad focus on societal challenges, and we have earned a reputation for high-quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and education. 

    We are located at Frederiksberg and have approximately 20,000 full and part-time students, 800 full-time faculty members, 200 PhD students and 700 administrative staff, and a full portfolio of bachelor, master, MBA/EMBA, PhD and executive programmes taught in English and Danish. 

    Our global profile carries the obligation to address critical challenges in our research and to develop the transformational capabilities of students, graduates and business leaders via our educational activities and opportunities for lifelong learning. Complex challenges call for joint action, and therefore our strategy focuses on strengthening current and starting new partnerships with other sciences, the business community, authorities and civil society.

    CBS is working continuously on becoming a diverse and inclusive organisation, and we encourage all regardless of gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religious beliefs, LGBT+ status, cultural background etc. to apply.
    Reach out to us if you need assistance in the application or recruitment process, if there is something we should know, or if as a person with disability you wish to make use of your preferential access.

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