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PhD scholarship at the Department of Political Science (UCPH) focusing on evaluation systems

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The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for a number of PhD scholarships within the field of public administration and organization with a focus on evaluation systems.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2015. The successful candidate will be employed from February 1, 2016.

The project
Project descriptions are invited that focus on a variety of aspects of evaluation systems, such as organization, politics, risks, or use.  The applicant is expected to explain why the chosen theme and approach is theoretically relevant and methodologically feasible.

The candidate
Preferred candidates will have demonstrated a keen interest in public administration and public organization. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical skills as well as with qualitative and/or quantitative methodological skills. The successful candidate will participate in and contribute to the development of CREME, Center for Research on Effects, Measurement and Evaluation.  It is also expected that the research and teaching activities related to this PhD scholarship will be of benefit to the Master of Public Governance (MPG) program, see

Applicants must hold a MSc or equivalent before commencing their PhD, since the PhD studies are undertaken within the framework of the 5+3 study program. Students who are expecting to graduate this term and are awaiting the evaluation of their master thesis may apply. Applicants are expected to have command of Danish language or learn Danish during the project.

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.

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 24 September  from 14:00 to 15:00 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:

Further information can also be obtained from professor Peter Dahler-Larsen (


  • 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.

 Application process
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about enclosures to include with your electronic application: (in English) (in Danish)

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 November 2015.

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 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

IMPORTANT. Please note that a special project application form from the department must be enclosed with your application. You access the form from the Department through the link below. You fill save it on your own computer and fill it in. To access the application form:

Political Science: Form in word format Form in PDF format

Next step is to access the general application to the application system through the below links to upload the form and other documents. The first form replaces separate enclosures; research proposal, short study plan and budget. Use the category “Project description” to upload it.

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 e-mail or received after the deadline will not be taken into account.