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12 PhD Scholarships at University of Copenhagen

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for four PhD scholarships at each of the three departments: Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies (EnGeRom), Department of Media, Cognition and Communication (MEF), and Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS). The scholarships commence 1 September 2018 for a period of up to three years.
Application deadline: Tuesday 6 February 2018 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CET).
The submitted PhD projects must be related to a research area in one of the following departments:  
Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Department of Media, Cognition and Communication
Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics  
The applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship are evaluated by taking into account the applicant’s general educational and academic background such as the applicant’s grade average, thesis grade, language competencies, publications and other academic activities given by the curriculum vitae as well as the duration of study especially during the applicant’s MA programme.
In addition, the proposed PhD project and study plan will be evaluated by taking the following into consideration; originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months.
Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to the research activities and the academic profile of the department in which they wish to be affiliated with.
A short description of the research areas and departments of the Faculty of Humanities is available at their website via the links above.
Please note that applications which do not fall within the research areas of the above mentioned departments will not be taken into consideration for a PhD scholarship.
Furthermore, please note that applications, which do not adhere to the formal requirements (read more in the two sections ‘Admission requirements’ and ‘Application requirements’ below) will not be taken into consideration for the PhD scholarships.  
Admission requirements
Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent. Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university declaring that you have been awarded the master degree.  
Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website: 
Excellent communication skills in English is considered essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary.
Application requirements
Project description  
The application must include a detailed project description containing the overall objectives, reflections on the project's method and design as well as a timetable.
Please note: The project description must not exceed 12,000 characters (including title, table of content, punctuation, spacing, study plan, figures, footnotes, and references etc., but excluding bibliography). If the extent is exceeded your application will not be taken into consideration. Please specify the amount of characters used at the top (left/right) of your research proposal. Please send the research proposal in an editable format.
Furthermore, please note: Text in additional application documents (e.g. a CV) which could be considered as supplementary text to the project description will be included in the calculation of the characters in the project description.
Guidelines on how to make a research proposal are available here:
CV including a list of publications, if available, must be submitted with the application.  
Statement of consent  
Statements of consent can be submitted with the application. For example, agreement of access to special archives, agreement of exchange at an international university, or a statement of consent from a potential supervisor/ co-supervisor etc.  
Recommendations and publications  
Do NOT upload or submit cover letters, recommendations, publications or your Master thesis.  
Diploma and transcript of records  
The following documentation must be submitted:
  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)  
  • A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)  
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma  
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)  
If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made by or approved by either:
  • A state-authorized translator and interpreter  
  • The embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made  
  • A Danish consulate/embassy  
The PhD 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, click here.
Chinese applicants is required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate. Read more here.
Please read about admission requirements and application requirements on our website at:  
The recruitment process
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are passed on to assessment or not. Whereafter, the Assessment Committee is appointed by the Dean and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application. We expect the assessment process to be concluded by mid-May 2018.  
Afterwards selected qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. The interviews are expected to be conducted before the beginning of the summer holidays. Please be advised 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 Copenhagen University’s website: 
Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar.
As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete courses totalling approximately 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD programme you must submit a PhD thesis in order to document your research effort.
Read more about the structure of the PhD programme and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD student via this link:
For more information about the PhD School, click here:
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. According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years.
For further information on employment, please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Please read more here:
Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.  
For any further questions, please contact the PhD Administration, HR South and City Campus, University of Copenhagen via this e-mail:
As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.
Applications must be submitted electronically no later than Tuesday 6 February 2018 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CET).  
You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires. No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

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: 06-02-2018
Employment start: 01-09-2018
Working hours: Full time
Department/Location: Det Humanistiske Fakultet

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