PhD Scholarship in Governing Green Finance in China at CBS in Denmark 2021

The Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a PhD scholarship within the field of International Political Economy in the 2020/21 academic session.

Project details:

The scholarship is part of a research project on China’s role in green transition hosted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing. Green finance has risen to the top of international agendas. This includes prioritization by UN bodies, governments, think tanks, financial and non-financial firms, central banks and, more nascent, academia. However, and despite that green transition will stand or fall on the basis of an understanding of, and engagement with China, relatively little is known and understood about Chinese green finance and global green finance in China. This scholarship steps into this breach. Applications should demonstrate capacity to address the questions of what conditions and characterizes green finance in China, the relationship between Chinese green finance and green finance in other parts of the world, and how and through which channels Chinese green finance may impact upon global green transition.

Applications are encouraged from those with some experience of International Political Economy and the political economy of China. Chinese language ability is preferred, although not essential. The selection of the PhD stipend will not be based on prior methodological or  theoretical preferences. However, applications should outline and reflect upon theoretical and methodological preferences. The holder of the scholarship will work within the field of International Political Economy broadly conceived and may choose to draw upon a selection among a range of related fields and approaches. These include, not exhaustively, economic sociology, organization studies, business and politics, economic geography, historical sociology and China studies.

Their social-scientific approach includes scholarly traditions such as organization theory, sociology, political economy, social psychology, and science and technology studies. They value qualitative methods highly and typically employ case studies, ethnographic methods, or social network analysis.

The teaching responsibilities associated with the scholarship comprise graduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as Business and Global Governance, Government and Business, Research Policy and Comparing Societies and Economic Systems.

Worth of Award

  • A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours) to be in large part conducted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing.
  • The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement.
  • The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.363 (app. 3.648 Euro) up to DKK 33.045 (app. 4.400 Euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.
  • The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organization.
  • The PhD student will be enrolled at the CBS PhD School. The candidate will have the possibility of obtaining a double degree from Copenhagen Business School and the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The candidate is obliged to spend 12 of the 36 months of the stipend in China.


  • To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process).
  • An educational background in the social sciences is necessary.
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing a PhD at CBS.
  • The applicant must be fluent in English.

How to Apply

The application must include:

  • A project description (max. 5 pages): This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and research methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan in the form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level.
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A list of papers and publications.
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

Deadline: Deadline is October 1, 2020.


Click here for more details and to apply

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our FREE Job Alerts. You can also find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.