PhD Scholarships at the Faculty of Humanities University of Copenhagen 2020

The University of Copenhagen in Denmark is inviting applications for PhD Scholarships at the Faculty of Humanities in the 2020/21 academic session.

Proposed PhD projects must relate to or enhance a research field at one of these departments. To read more about the department research areas, please click on the relevant links above.

Please note that applications that do not meet the formal requirements will not be taken into consideration for the PhD scholarships. Applicants can amend their application after submission up until the application deadline. The scholarships are fully funded for 3 years and will be filled on 1 September 2020.

Worth of Award

  • PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective 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.
  • These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas.


  • Applicants need to hold a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent.
  • Applicants must send pre-approval of their thesis if it’s not completed at the time of the application deadline.
  • The applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship are evaluated by the applicant’s general educational and academic background.  Grade average, thesis grade, language competencies, publications, and other academic activities will be taken into account.
  • In addition, the proposed PhD project and study plan will be evaluated with regard to originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to present research activities at the department.
  • Excellent communication skills in English are essential and applicants must speak and write academic English. The administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time in the recruitment process, if considered necessary.

How to Apply

The application must be sent electronically via the link “Search online” at the bottom of the page in Adobe PDF or Word format. ZIP files may not be used.

Please note that each field in the applicant form can only contain one file of max 20 Mb.

The application must include:

  • Project abstract (1,200 characters)
  • Cover letter
  • Please include a complete CV including a list of publications, where relevant.

Diploma and transcript of records 
Applicants must upload the following documentation:

  • A copy of master’s degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)
  • A copy of master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)
  • A copy of bachelor’s degree diploma
  • A copy of bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)

Deadline: Applicants must submit the application electronically no later than February 25, 2020 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CET). 


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