PhD fellowship in History
University of Southern Denmark, Department of History

PhD fellowship at the Department of History


1 PhD fellowship is available at the Department of History starting October 1, 2019. The successful candidate will work within the project “Medieval Self-Commentaries Beyond Europe: A Transcultural Perspective” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The fellowship runs for 3 years and candidates are expected to hold an MA in the area of medieval textual culture (literature, philology, history, with emphasis on texts and/or languages) or Classics.


The successful candidate will work on the 12th-century Byzantine polymath John Tzetzes, and in particular on his engagement with the Byzantine core handbook of rhetoric, the so-called Corpus Hermogenianum. The Corpus consists of 4 treatises assembled in the 5th or 6th century. Tzetzes penned a commentary in political verses on the four treatises. The commentary has been only partially edited and is preserved in seven known manuscripts.


The PhD candidate is expected to develop his/her own project, working in close cooperation with project leader Aglae Pizzone, who will prepare the critical edition of the text. A desirable area of research would be a comparative approach with the study of rhetoric and the commentary tradition in the Latin Middle Ages. Other possible directions of research include but are not limited to:

  • A study of the work’s compositional and conceptual framework;

  • Contextualization within Constantinople’s contemporary’s debates on rhetoric;

  • An analysis of Tzetzes’ sources.

As the candidate will also be working from digitized copies of unedited manuscripts, the applicant is expected to have a strong background in Ancient/Byzantine Greek philology and, possibly paleography, with proven expertise in both Ancient/Byzantine Greek and Classical/Medieval Latin.


Application must include (for further details on the materials to be uploaded see below):

  • A research proposal/description of your approach to the project outlined above (max one page excluding references)

  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages)

  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information

The expected requirements must be clearly documented in the submitted CV, otherwise applications will not be considered. The candidate should be independent, possess good interpersonal skills and able to communicate efficiently in English both orally and in writing (language of the dissertation will be English).


The successful candidate will be attached to the Centre for Medieval Literature (CML). CML is a Danish centre of excellence founded in 2012, based jointly at SDU and at the University of York. The centre’s field of research is European medieval literatures in a broad sense. Its ambition is to propose new theoretical frameworks for the field which is still predominantly divided into national interests and paradigms.


For more information, please contact Assistant Professor Aglae Pizzone, Department of History/Danish Institute for Advanced Study, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, email:

  Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.

A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period. 
The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the Protocol on PhD Research Fellow signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) of 10 November 2015, enclosure 5, Cirkulære om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2015 (the document only exists in Danish).


To qualify for a PhD position you must have completed a relevant master's degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.


Application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following: 


  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box "Application form")

  •  A research proposal/description of your approach to the project outlined above (max one page excluding references)

  • Detailed CV, including personal contact information

  • Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including transcript of notes/grades

  • Special PhD-application form found here

  • At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please send them to Marie-Louise Raabe using e-mail: mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before deadline.

Application and all appendices must preferably be in English, but Danish, English, German, French, Italian or one of the Scandinavian languages are also accepted. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.


We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.


Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the committee will assess whether you are qualified or not. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants’ qualifications. 

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated. 

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. If the assessment committee will be using shortlisting not all applicants will receive an assessment. 

Applications should be sent electronically via the link “apply online”, and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information “How to apply” before applying.


Further information about the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanties can be found here.


We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.


The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

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