PhD scholarship at the Department of Psychology University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

Applications are invited for two PhD scholarship at the Department of Psychology, UCPH. The scholarship is sponsored by the Carlsbergfoundation.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the research interests of  the department, by consulting the department’s website,, as well as the center’s website, More information on the Faculty is available here,

The chosen candidate will be enrolled at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Employment is to begin May 2020.

The PhD-scholarships are supported by The Carlsberg Foundation’s grant to the project Aesthetic experience with visual art. An empirical investigation in phenomenological psychology. The project uses Amadeo Giorgi’s method of analyses and theoretically relates to phenomenological theory as developed by for instance Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Mikel Dufrenne here

Further information about the postition can be obtained by Tone Roald,

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.


Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:


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In Danish

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

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The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants, regardless of personal background, to apply for the positions.

  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

The application must be submitted electronically using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include: 

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
  • Project description (max. 10 pages, double-spaced, not including bibliography) CV 
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA and MSc/MA)
  • Time schedule
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)

The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.

For foreign applicants it is important to note that both taxes and living expenses are high in Copenhagen. 

​On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about enclosures to include with your electronic application: (in English) and (in Danish).

The time schedule is meant as a short outline of the PhD study programme envisioned at the time of application. Obviously, it is not possible to plan things like course participation in detail for the three years, when submitting the application. The time schedule is more meant to give an idea if it is realistic to complete the project within the designated timeframe with all the required elements included.  

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 18 Februar 2020.

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.

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.

2. Quality and feasibility of the project.

3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant disciplines.

4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment 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

Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and collected into one file. Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.






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Application deadline: 18-02-2020
Employment start: 01-05-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Psykologi

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