Applications are invited for PhD scholarships at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. Enrolment will be at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences.
The position starting date is 1 September 2021.
At the Department of Political Science, we strive to explore the present and shape the future by educating PhD students at the highest academic level. This we do by creating a pluralistic and engaging research environment that brings together PhD students, researchers and the surrounding society in innovative ways. Daily life at the Department reflects the easy-going nature of life in Copenhagen. Faculties interact with students and each other in a relaxed atmosphere that invites deliberation. Here researchers can share experience and insights, and experiment with combining approaches and bridging gaps on an interdisciplinary level.
In line with this, the 2019 international evaluation panel concluded that the Political Science Department offers outstanding resources as well as a collegial work and research environment to its PhD fellows. PhDs highlighted that they feel accepted and respected as staff, that they have resources to fund research trips as well as opportunities to invite scholars to offer additional PhD training and that they are part of a research environment in which critical feedback is offered in a supportive way. The PhD scholars are comparatively well paid as a PhD student is regarded as a member of faculty holding a full time job.
The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training, which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching, and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:
Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities.
Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Political Science.
Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:
- The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions
- In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013
- Please note that normally there is strong competition for these scholarships, and only a few can be awarded each term
Scholarship in the 5+3 or in the 4+4 PhD study programme
The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies. The Phd fellow is expected to seek funding for fieldwork as this is not included in the scholarship.
How to apply
Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply for position” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.
- Project abstract (Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.)
- Cover Letter (detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project )
- Project description (recommended no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography)
- Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
- Time schedule
- Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)
Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file.
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about the application process, and enclosures to include with your electronic application:
The recruitment process
Further information on the recruitment process at University of Copenhagen can be found here: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/
The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:
1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.
2. Quality and feasibility of the project.
3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Political Science disciplines.
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.
5. Department of Political Science can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.
Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process here .
An Equal Opportunity Workplace
The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see https://employment.ku.dk/working-at-ucph/eu-charter-for-researchers/
The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/
Additional information about the position can be obtained from Professor Lene Holm Pedersen, e-mail: email@example.com , phone +45 35 33 58 28
Information about the recruitment process is available from Pernille Lykke Paulsen,HR, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org , please refer to ID number: 211-0669/21-2H #1
The closing date for applications is 23:59 CEST, 3 May 2021.
Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.
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