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

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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 February 2016.

Deadline for applications 1 November 2015.

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 on the website of the Department of Economics:

Further information about the PhD study programme in Economics will be available at an orientation meeting on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 15:00 at the Centre for Health and Society, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 Copenhagen K, Department of Economics, Building 26, 2nd floor, room 26.2.21. 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 few can be awarded each term.

Scholarships are offered for 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 in economics, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check curriculum of the PhD study programme: 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 in economics plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme in economics would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme in economics. Applicants should check curriculum of the PhD study programme: for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until the MSc degree in economics 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) (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.Qualifications and knowledge in relevant economics disciplines.Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.
  3. 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 must be enclosed with your application. You access the form from the relevant department through the link below. You fill save it on your own computer and fill it in. To access the application form:

Economics: 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.