PhD scholarships in Economics, Department of Economics

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Feb 2024

26 Jan 2024
Job Information

Copenhagen Business School
Research Field

Economics » Labour market economics
Economics » Management studies
Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

29 Feb 2024 - 23:59 (Europe/Copenhagen)
Type of Contract

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Not funded by an EU programme
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Offer Description

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a number of vacant PhD scholarships in Economics. The expected start date is September 1, 2024

The Department of Economics provides research, teaching, and knowledge exchange within the core areas of economics, i.e., microeconomics, macroeconomics, and quantitative methods. The Department is especially active in business-related, applied economic research, and comprises three research centres: Copenhagen School of Energy Infrastructure (CSEI), Centre for Innovation (CFI), and Pension Research Centre (PeRCent).

Core research areas of the Department of Economics are:

  • Behavior, Incentives and Economic Design
  • Design Employment and the Functioning of Labor Markets
  • Energy, Environment and Resources
  • Firm Behavior, Innovation and the Functioning of Markets
  • Growth, Unemployment, and Inflation
  • Globalization, Migration and Urbanization; 
  • Quantitative/Empirical Methods and Data Science
  • Welfare: Education, Health Care and Pensions

The Department of Economics has a strong research focus and has been successful in fundraising activities. It is currently hosting research projects supported by the Danish/EU research councils, as well as private foundations and companies.

Teaching responsibilities of the Department include undergraduate and graduate teaching in microeconomics, macroeconomics, quantitative methods, and field courses.

The 5+3 PhD scheme: The regular three-year PhD programme at CBS gives you the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of CBS’s associate professors and professors, supported by research related PhD courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time at another research institution 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. You can read more about the department's research here: .

Application and admission requirements
The department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities. To be considered the applicant must

  • have a basic education at master's level (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.
  • have completed the master's programme before starting the PhD programme at CBS.
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking.

The 4+4 PhD scheme: For admittance to the 4 + 4 PhD scheme, the applicant must have completed a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and have passed subjects corresponding to 60 ECTS in a relevant master's programme within the CBS' subject areas. The minimum weighted grade point average is 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the entire programme (i.e. for the full bachelor and one year of the master studies together), and at least the grade 10 for the bachelor thesis or equivalent final examination project. If the grade point average is not met, documentation for being in the top 40% of the class is also accepted. Applicants who are not enrolled in a master's programme at CBS will be assessed by the Admissions Office.

The application (see link below) must include a five-page project description. The project description must include:

  • a presentation of an original research question.
  • a description of the initial theoretical framework and method.
  • a presentation of the proposed empirical material.
  • a work plan for the three years.

More information can be found here:

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • diploma for bachelor's and master's degree or other certificates at an equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts.
  • documentation for being in the top 40% of the class (if grade requirements are not met).
  • a concise curriculum vitae (CV).
  • a list of articles and publications (if applicable).
  • one example of a selected written work (e.g. master's thesis).
  • documentation of English language skills.

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

For further information please contact Professor Dolores Romero Morales, email [email protected] . Information about the department can be found at .

Employment and salary
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of three years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent to six months’ work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The monthly salary is currently approximately DKK 28,993 up to DKK 35,015 depending on seniority and a pension contribution totaling 17.1%. The scholarship includes tuition fees, office space, course and travel costs (according to the current CBS agreement). 
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 .

Information meeting
There will be an online information meeting regarding this call on February 13, 2024, from 4pm to 5pm Copenhagen, Denmark time. There will be a presentation of the Department of Economics and an opportunity to ask questions. To receive a link for the meeting, please sign up at:  

Research Field
Economics » Labour market economics
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

Research Field
Economics » Management studies
Education Level
Master Degree or equivalent

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Solbjerg Plads 3
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