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PhD scholarship in Global Development

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen. Funding for the scholarship comes from the Department of Economics and the Development Economics Research Group (DERG) where the PhD student will be placed. Employment is planned to begin on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This PhD scholarship aims to strengthen development studies research at the Department of Economics and DERG, and to help maintain the Faculty of Social Sciences’ contribution to the University of Copenhagen’s impressive research ranking in the field of development studies [See QS ranking here]. Therefore students with an interest in this field and with a background in for example Economics, Global Development, Political Science or Sociology are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

The PhD student will get the opportunity to actively engage in the research portfolio at DERG ( DERG currently has projects in Mozambique, Myanmar and Tanzania and is currently seeking funding for new projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. The projects cover a wide range of research topics and activities, including both implementation of field surveys and experiments, as well as associated capacity building in the respective countries. Accordingly, research project proposals which fit with and can support the research activities at DERG are particularly welcome. In addition, applications with a constructive approach to interdisciplinary research (including triangulation of qualitative and quantitative observations as well as innovative uses of Big Data analytics) are particularly welcome. Finally, the PhD candidate must be interested in supporting the continuation and development of Masters’ courses at the Global Development Master’s program (

Applications are invited from across the different social sciences within the field of development studies. Applications should explicitly detail the experience of the applicant in the field, including knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methods, and should contain a PhD project description (max 5 pages) that includes reflections on the project’s interdisciplinary nature.

Terms of employment
The terms of employment and payment are in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State.

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 salary is about DKK 25,000 per month. 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). This SU salary amounts to about DKK 12,000 per month. 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.

For foreign applicants it is important to note that both taxes and living expenses are high in Copenhagen.

Further information about the PhD study positions can be obtained from Professor John Rand, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK1353 Copenhagen K, email:, telephone: + 45 3533 6865.

Applications can be submitted online via the job portal of the University of Copenhagen (in English) (in Danish)

Applications should include the following parts:

  • Main material
  • Cover Letter, stating which PhD project you are applying for and detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project.
  • Research Project Proposal with reference to relevant literature
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications
  • Full contact details (Name, address, telephone & email) of 2 professional referees
  • Documentation of English language qualifications, if non-EU and non-native English speaker
  • The parts must be clearly labelled in accordance with the enumeration above.
Application procedure
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager shortlists applicants for assessment based on advice from the Appointments 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 Economics disciplines.
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.
5. Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.

All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been shortlisted for consideration by an expert assessment committee. Shortlisted applicants are notified of the composition of the committee and each applicant will have an opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. More information on the recruitment process is available at
Applications are from all suitably qualified applicants are encouraged regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background and citizenship.

Applications, which do not meet the requirements listed above, will not be considered.

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 30 June 2018.

Applications received after deadline will not be considered.

Please note: Applications sent by regular mail or by e-mail will not be accepted.

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