PhD scholarship within the topic of Inclusive Economic Growth and Inequality

Copenhagen Business School in collaboration with the Danish Institute for Human Rights invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the topic of Inclusive Economic Growth and Inequality.

The PhD scholarship is based on collaboration between CBS’ newly established Inequality Platform and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. The PhD scholarship will be based at the Department of Business and Politics, but part of the work will be conducted at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

DBP is a leading international department that is at the forefront of research at the interface between business and politics in Denmark, the European Union and beyond. DBP scholars set research agendas in issues related to global challenges that affect business and politics, such as technological disruption, inequality and sustainability. Research topics include business studies, global value chains and global wealth chains, innovation, economic development, comparative political economy, European Union, public policy, philanthropy and civil society. DBP’s research work often serves as a point of reference for think tanks, policymakers, business organizations and the media. The applicant´s profile must fit with one of the core research themes of the department: political economy, comparative and European public policy, and civil society.

Read more about the research themes here:

Teaching responsibilities of the Department comprise undergraduate, graduate and doctoral teaching. DBP teaches, for example, in the International Business and Politics (BSc and MSc), European Business (BSC), and Business Administration and Sociology (BSC) programmes.

Research areas that a scholarship might cover should fall broadly within the theme of Inclusive Economic Growth and Inequality. Issues could revolve around, but are not limited to:

  • Strategies/policies/institutions for economic growth and development that benefit poor and low-income groups in developing countries.
  • Linkages between inclusive growth, inequality and the Sustainable Development Goals

High priority will be given to applicants with high grades from their universities.

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors and supported by senior research staff at the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Research training courses are an important part of the programme. The programme is highly international, and the candidate is expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme,

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the research environment of both institutions, see and

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.

Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

For further information please contact: Academic Director of the Inequality Platform Mogens K. Justesen, e-mail:, or Research Director at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Hans-Otto Sano, email:

Information about the department may be found at

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

General information:
A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.

The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

The PhD student will be enrolled at PhD School in PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies.

To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Masters degree before commencing PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.

The application (see link below) must include a 5-page project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis). Applicants must enclose documentation for English language skills. Documentation of GRE and/or GMAT scores is strongly encouraged. For submitting GMAT scores, look up Copenhagen Business School in the GMAC register and choose the PhD Program.

Recruitment procedure:
The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-five applicants to be assessed by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed, each applicant will be notified of the outcome of his or her application.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at

Application due: 9. marts 2018.

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