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

Applications are invited for PhD scholarships at the Department of Political Science, UCPH. At UCPH, Political Science is defined broadly in terms of methods and subfields. Subfields include: comparative politics, political theory, international relations, political behavior, political sociology, political economy, European studies, political psychology, security studies, strategic studies, public administration, and international organizations. 
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 2018.  
Deadline for applications: 1 May 2018. 
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. 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: 
In English   
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. 
Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:  
In English  
In Danish
Further information about the PhD study programme in Political Science will be available at an orientation meeting on 16 March 2018 from 14:00 to 15:30 at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Political Science, room 4.2.26 (Frokoststuen/The Lunch Room). Further information:  
  • 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.  
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 pp. double-spaced, not including bibliography) 
  • Time schedule 
  • CV   
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA and MSc/MA)   
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (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 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). 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. 
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 2018. 
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 political science disciplines. 
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies. 
5. Department of Political Science 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
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 sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

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Ansøgningsfrist: 01-05-2018
Afdeling/Sted: Department of Political Science

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