PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Theology - AMRAM

Updated: 5 days ago
Deadline: 04 May 2021

The Biblical Studies Section of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Copenhagen, is offering a fully funded 3-year PhD scholarship commencing 1 June 2021.

The PhD is a part of the three-year research program “AMRAM: Apocalypticism: Manuscripts, Rewriting, and Authority Management,” (2021-2024) funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. AMRAM investigates how apocalyptic texts appropriate, maintain, renew, and claim authority. The Aramaic composition Visions of Amram (4Q543-547), found among the Dead Sea Scrolls from Qumran, serves as case study and as the starting point for an investigation, which is designed to enrich and develop our understanding of ancient apocalyptic literature, its emergence, character, and functions. AMRAM employs transdisciplinary approaches, combining paleographical and linguistic methods, literary and rhetorical analyses, methods from cognitive science, and digital humanities. The research team of AMRAM comprises the PI, a second senior scholar, two postdocs, and the PhD fellow.

The PhD scholarship includes three tasks:

  • The PhD fellow will be responsible for completing a PhD thesis based on a sub-project provisionally entitled “Visions of Amram as testament.” As a part of AMRAM, the PhD fellow will carry out an investigation of the testament setting as a vehicle and manifestation of authority in Visions of Amram and related literature, in conversation with existing scholarship, and taking full advantage of recent developments in genre theory.
  • Moreover, the PhD fellow will contribute, in close cooperation with the rest of the AMRAM research team, to a new digital text edition, with commentary, of the five fragmentary manuscripts of Visions of Amram. This part of the AMRAM project will involve regular working sessions with participation of all team members.
  • Finally, the PhD fellow will partake in the common endeavor of the AMRAM team, contributing, by way of discussions and input, to all parts of the project, including sub-projects which are the main responsibility of the other team members.
  • The place of employment will be the Biblical Studies Section at the Faculty of Theology. We offer stimulating working conditions in a dynamic research environment.

    The candidate will have a Master’s degree in theology or an equivalent degree, and command of ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Mastering of Aramaic or, alternatively, willingness and capacity to quickly acquire reading skills in the Aramaic of the Dead Sea Scrolls, is a requirement. Previous experience in working with texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls including paleography will be an advantage.

    For more information on the AMRAM project, see:


    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 granting of the PhD scholarship will take place under the agreement in force between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC. Under this agreement, a PhD scholarship holder is entitled to carry out relevant duties amounting to a total of 840 hours over the three-year period. The scholarship holder must also be prepared to take an active part in the Faculty’s research environment.


    To be considered, applicants must have a Master’s degree in Theology or any other relevant Master’s degree or similar qualifications. Besides attention to the scientific quality and the feasibility of the proposed PhD project, the assessment will put emphasis on the talent for independent research demonstrated by the applicant usually through a Master’s thesis or similar. 

    Duties and Responsibilities

    Further information about the PhD programme is available on our website:

    The Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities can be found here:

    Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Faculty before submitting their application. Further information can be found here:

    How to apply

    The application must be made on a special form (see link at bottom of page). The application must be accompanied by the following appendices (scanned electronically):

    • Documentation for the Master’s degree
    • Short CV
    • Time schedule
    • Project description
    • Draft outline of the study programme
    • Budget for the three years of study
      If available, the following documents should also be submitted as appendices:
    • Master’s thesis
    • Master’s thesis assessment
    • List of publications
      Application and documentation can be submitted either in Danish or in English. 

    The draft outline of the study programme must contain a description of the planned research project (max. 5 pages/12.000 key strokes incl. spaces) and a realistic plan for the fulfillment of requirements under the Ministerial Order on PhD degrees with regard to participation in courses and periods of study at other institutions. The Faculty expects the project to be kept within the usual annuum for a PhD fellowship, but any other major expenses must be mentioned explicitly in the application (e.g. travelling, field work, equipment, or external expert assistance necessary for the project). 

    The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications for the scholarship from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. 

    The recruitment process

    After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the 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 at   

    The Ministerial Order on PhD degrees and other relevant documents can be downloaded from the faculty homepage at:  or by contacting  the Faculty of Theology, Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 Copenhagen S. If you have questions concerning the PhD scholarship please contact Head of the PhD school Carsten Pallesen ( If you have technical questions concerning your application, please contact

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    Contact information
    Information about the recruitment process is available from Mette Christensen, HR, E-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-0707/21-2H #1.

    For further information please contact Principal Investigator Jesper Høgenhaven,, who will be supervising the project.

    The closing date for applications is 4 May at 23:59 CET

    Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

    Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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