The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is inviting applications for three three-year PhD scholarships starting on 1 September 2023.

The Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies is home to research and teaching in the areas of English, French, Italian, Spanish and German languages and their associated literatures, cultures and societies. Read more here: 

The department is advertising one Carlsberg Foundation Humanities PhD Fellowship. The scholarship can be applied for within all of the Department’s subject areas. Please note that a Danish Master’s degree is required to apply for this fellowship.

The department is advertising two other scholarships also within all of the department’s subject areas. For one of these scholarships, special interest will be given to a project that uses digital methods in one of the department’s research areas, or enquiries related to Spanish and Latin American language, culture, literature or history/society.

It is possible to apply for both Carlsberg PhD Fellowships and the department’s scholarships with the same project description if you meet the criteria. When you submit your application, you will be asked to choose which scholarships you are applying for.

PhD studies consist of research programmes at the highest international level that qualify students for independent research, knowledge dissemination and teaching. The main emphasis is on PhD students organising and conducting their own research project (under supervision). The programme culminates in the submission of a PhD thesis, which the student must defend in public. The programme is prescribed to 180 ECTS credits, corresponding to three years of full-time study.

A PhD degree opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. As well as writing a thesis, PhD students work in active research environments in Denmark and abroad. They contribute to the academic environment, take research training courses, and convey the results of their research in teaching, at academic conferences and to the general public.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must have a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent and, as a minimum, have submitted a Master’s thesis for which they have received pre-approval at the time of application.

The qualifications of applicants with non-Danish Master’s degrees will be assessed to ascertain whether they correspond to the Danish level. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education and Research:

Applicants must have skills in written and spoken academic English at a high level. Applicants with projects within French/Francophone, Italian, Spanish/Latin American, and German studies are expected to master the relevant language, both written and spoken, at a high level. The department may request that applicants document their English or other language skills.

All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply now” at the bottom of this page.

The application must include:

Project abstract
(max.1,200 characters with spaces)

Personal statement (max. one page)
In their personal statements, applicants are encouraged to:

  • outline how the PhD project relates to other research activities at the department, including the availability of supervisors
  • describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.

Applications must be accompanied by a CV (max. one page) and a list of publications, where relevant.

Documentation (diplomas and transcripts)
Applicants must upload the following:

  • A copy of their Master’s degree diploma or similar (if this is not available by the application deadline, applicants must document pre-approval of their Master’s thesis)
  • A copy of their Master’s degree transcript
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript.

Applicants with a degree from a university where the working language is not English or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcripts approved by the Danish embassy or consulate in the country where the original document was issued. These documents must be translated into English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. An official description of the grading scale (and a diploma supplement where relevant) must also be attached.

Chinese applicants must attach a China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee (CDGDC) certificate. Read more about CDGDC here

Project description
Applications must include a detailed project description covering the problem formulation, overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable (max. five pages/12,000 characters, incl. spaces, excl. bibliography).

Applicants who anticipate incurring extraordinary expenses (related to questionnaires, fieldwork, extended stay(s) abroad, equipment, etc.) must include brief comments about this in their project description.

Guidelines and good advice on project descriptions are available here

Other relevant material
Statements of consent, e.g. regarding access to special archives and approval of studies abroad, may be submitted along with the applications. It is not necessary to include commitments from supervisors.

Please do not upload or submit recommendations, publications, theses, etc.

Assessment criteria
The following criteria are applied when assessing PhD applications:

  • The quality, originality and feasibility of the PhD project
  • Research qualifications, as reflected in the attached CV and project description
  • Competencies and knowledge of relevant fields of academic research
  • Level (grades obtained) of Bachelor and Master’s studies.

Please note that only a few scholarships are awarded at each call for applications and competition is intense.

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 whether or not they have been shortlisted. After this, the Head of Department sets up an expert Assessment Committee to assess the shortlisted applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. Individual applicants will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced. The assessments are expected to be completed by the end of April 2023.

It is a prerequisite for employment that successful applicants enrol at the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

For further information about the structure of the PhD programme, please refer to:

For further information about the guidelines for PhD studies at UCPH, please refer to:

Remuneration and terms of employment
Appointment as a PhD Fellow is subject to the collective bargaining agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

According to the agreement, the PhD fellow is required to carry out tasks at the relevant department to an extent corresponding to 840 working hours (6 months).

We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 20 February 2023, at 23:59 CET.

Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

However, changes may be made to the submitted application right up until the deadline.

For further information about the application procedure, please refer to the University of Copenhagen website:

For further information about the structure and rules of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD Administration at South and City Campuses, email:

If you have any questions about the academic content of the PhD programme, please contact PhD coordinator Professor Christian Benne, e-mail:   

Questions about the recruitment process can be addressed to HR, email Please refer to ID number: 211-1299/22-2H #1.APPLY NOW

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.


Application deadline: 20-02-2023

Employment start: 01-09-2023

Department/Location: Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies

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