The PhD school is inviting applications for PhD scholarships at each of the departments mentioned below:

Department of Arts and Cultural Studies (2 PhD scholarships)

Department of Communication (3 PhD scholarships)

Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (2 PhD scholarships)

Department of English, German and Romance Studies (2 PhD scholarships)

Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (2 PhD scholarships)

SAXO Institute (2 PhD scholarships)

The proposed PhD projects must relate to or enhance a research field at one of these departments. To read more about each department’s research areas, please click on the relevant links above.

Please note that applications that do not meet the formal requirements (for more information, see ‘Admission requirements’ and ‘Application requirements’ below) will not be considered. 

Applicants may amend their applications at any point up until the deadline.

The scholarships are fully funded for three years and will begin on 1 September 2021.  

Admission requirements
Applicants must hold a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent.

Applicants must have already submitted their thesis and at least attach pre-approval of it with their application.

For applicants with a non-Danish Master’s degree, the Ministry of Higher Education and Science will assess their qualification in order to establish whether it is equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree. For more information, see the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s website: https://ufm.dk/en

Qualification requirements
Qualifications are evaluated on the basis of their general educational and academic background, taking into account grade average, thesis grade, language proficiency, publications and other academic activities.

The proposed PhD project and study plan will also be evaluated with regard to originality, choice of theory and method, academic relevance and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to current research activities at the department.

Communication skills
Excellent communication skills in English are essential, and applicants must speak and write academic English. The administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process.

Application requirements
Applications must be submitted online via the “Apply now” link at the bottom of the page. All files must be in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP files may not be used.

Please note that each field in the application form may only contain one file (max. 20MB).

The application must include:

Project abstract
(1,200 characters with spaces)

Cover letter


Please attach a complete CV, including a list of publications, where relevant.  

Diploma and transcript of records 
Applicants must upload the following:

  • A copy of their Master’s degree diploma (if this not available before the application deadline, pre-approval must be submitted) 
  • A copy of their Master’s degree transcript (including an official description of the grading scale) 
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma 
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript (including an official description of the grading scale).

If the Master’s diploma and/or transcripts are in a language other than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, the application must also include a translation into one of these languages.

The diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be translated by, or the translation of them approved by, the Danish embassy or consulate in the country where the original document was issued. 

The administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework.For more information, visit: https://europa.eu/europass/en/diploma-supplement

Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate. Read more at this page: http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn/xwyyjsjyxx/aboutus/structure/evaluation/265843.shtml

For more information about admission and application requirements, visit: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/how-to/application-requirements/  

Project description
The project description should outline the overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable for the project.

The description must not exceed five standard pages, corresponding to max. 12,000 characters including spaces (including curriculum, title, punctuation, figures, footnotes and references, but excluding bibliography/bibliography). Applications that do not comply with these guidelines will not be considered.

Please adhere to the guidelines at: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/how-to/application-requirements/project-guidelines/

Other relevant material
Statements of consent can be submitted along with the application. These may include an agreement regarding access to special archives or an exchange agreement with a university abroad, etc. Do not upload or submit recommendations, publications or your Master’s thesis.

The recruitment process
After the deadline for applications the Head of Department considers advice from the Appointment Committee and then selects applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified, regardless of whether or not they are shortlisted. An Assessment Committee is then appointed and the shortlisted applicants notified of its composition.

Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment committee’s assessment of their application. The assessments are expected to be completed by 1 May 2021.

A selection of qualified candidates will then be invited for interviews, which will be held at the beginning of the summer holiday. Please note that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.

For further information on the recruitment process, please see the University of Copenhagen website: https://employment.ku.dk/faculty/recruitment-process/

Enrolment is based on admission to the PhD School at the Faculty of Humanities.

As a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours spread over six semesters. You must complete PhD courses worth a total of 30 ECTS. At the end of the PhD programme, you must submit and publicly defend a thesis.  

For more information about the structure of the PhD programme and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Humanities, see: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/become-phd-student/what-is-it/

For more information about the PhD School, visit: https://phd.humanities.ku.dk/

Terms of employment
PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

Under the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three-year period. These tasks will primarily take the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic work.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. As a general rule, applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will not be considered.   

As an equal opportunity employer, the University invites applications from all interested parties, regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

Contact information
For any further questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR employee Mette Christensen (email: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk), citing reference number 211-0572/20-2H.

For more information about the PhD programme, contact the PhD administration (email: phd@hrsc.ku.dk).

Application deadline
Applications must be submitted online no later than 25 February 2021 at 23:59 (11:59 pm) (CET).


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