Job ID: 140251

PhD scholarships at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

University of Copenhagen

  • Mar. 17, 2020
  • PhD scholarships at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH)
  • Department of Economics, UCPH
  • University of Copenhagen
  • May 1, 2020
  • Sep. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Economics

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships at the Department of Economics, UCPH. The chosen candidates will enrol at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences. Employment is to begin on 1 September 2020.

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2020.

The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to research careers, and 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. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme.

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

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.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:

Further information about the PhD study programme in Economics:

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.
Please note that normally there is strong competition for these scholarships, and only a few can be awarded each term.

Applications should include the following enclosures:
Project abstract, please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.
Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
Project description (recommended no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography)
Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
Time schedule
Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)
A short project proposal (3-4 pages) outlining two research ideas (this is only used to evaluate the research maturity of applicants, and is not binding in any way afterwards)
List of publications (if any)

Scholarships in the 5+3 and the 4+4 PhD study programmes.

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 salary is about DKK 25,000 per month. 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.

The 4+4 PhD study programme

Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). This SU salary amounts to about DKK 12,000 per month. More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.

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

Application process

On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find a time schedule for the application process, and information about enclosures to include with your electronic application:… (in English) and (in Danish)

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 May 2020.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointment 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 Economics disciplines.

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

5. Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.

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

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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.

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