PhD scholarship; Radical Pietism in Northern Europe: Social Protest on the Verge of Modernity, 1690-1750

The Saxo Institute at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for one three-year PhD scholarships starting on 1 February 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The PhD scholarship is part of the research project Radical Pietism in Northern Europe: Social Protest on the Verge of Modernity, 1690-1750, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and headed by Associate Professor Juliane Engelhardt. A description of the project is available here:

The PhD fellow will be responsible for a sub-project that explores transregional and transnational patterns of mobility among radical Pietists, as well as their social background and gender. We expect that this subproject will contribute to the overall project by mapping the interconnectedness of radical Pietists and analysing how they anticipated new forms of communities.

The applicant is expected to provide an outline in the application as to how they will approach the topic and conduct the project. Experience with digital humanities is an advantage. The PhD fellow should expect some travels outside Denmark during the scholarship. They will furthermore be offered a workplace at the Saxo Institute.

For further information about the position and the research project, applicants should contact Principal Investigator Juliane Engelhardt,, phone +45 31244274

PhD studies consist of research programmes that qualify students for independent and wide-ranging research, development and teaching at international level. 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 points, corresponding to three years of full-time study.

A PhD opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. Besides 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 possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high level. The ability to read German and a Scandinavian language (Danish, Norwegian or Swedish) is a further requirement. If deemed necessary, the department may request that applicants document their language skills. It is furthermore a requirement that the PhD fellow resides in Denmark during the employment period.

All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply for the position” at the bottom of the 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:

  • describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the research project

Applications must be accompanied by a CV ( 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, German or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcripts certified by the issuing university. 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.

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

Applicants who anticipate incurring extraordinary expenses (related to 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.

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.

It is a prerequisite for employment that the successful applicant 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).

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background,

The deadline for applications is 8 October 2023, at 23:59 CEST/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 Søndre and City Campus, e-mail: indicating case number: 211-1535/23-2H.

If you have any questions about the academic content of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD coordinator at the Saxo Institute, Søren Rud, e-mail:


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: 08-10-2023
Employment start: 01-02-2024
Department/Location: The Saxo Institute
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