PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Theology
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology

PhD Scholarship at the Faculty of Theology


Subject to available grants, the Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, hearby announces that one three-year PhD scholarship within any of the Faculty’s research areas in Theology and African Studies will be available from 15 December 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The granting of a scholarship carries with it enrolment as a PhD student in the PhD school of the Faculty of Theology.


To be considered, applicants applying for a Theology position must have a Master’s degree in Theology or any other relevant field or similar qualification. Applicants for a position at the Centre of African Studies must have a Master’s degree in a relevant field within either Social Sciences or Humanities, which may include African Studies, Anthropology, History, Geography, Political Science, Literature, Religious Studies, Global Studies, and so on. Besides attention to the scientific quality and the feasibility of the proposed PhD project, the assessment will put emphasis on the talent for independent research demonstrated by the applicant usually through a Master’s thesis or similar.


The granting of the PhD scholarship will take place under the agreement in force between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC. Under this agreement, a PhD scholarship holder is entitled to carry out relevant duties amounting to a total of 840 hours over the three-year period. The scholarship holder must also be prepared to take an active part in the Faculty’s research environment.



Please click on the “Apply now” icon at the bottom of the page. The application must be accompanied by the following appendices (scanned electronically):

  • Documentation for the Master’s degree

  • A short CV

  • A draft outline of the study programme

  • A budget for the three years of study


If available, the following documents should also be submitted as appendices:

  • Master’s thesis (including thesis assessment)

  • List of publications


Application and documentation can be submitted either in Danish or in English.


The application must be submitted electronically no later than 23 September 2019.


The draft outline of the study programme must contain a description of the planned research project (max. 5 pages/12.000 key strokes incl. spaces) and a realistic plan for the fulfillment of requirements under the Ministerial Order on PhD degrees with regard to participation in courses and periods of study at other institutions. The English version of the Ministerial Order on PhD degrees can be found here: . The Faculty expects the project to be kept within the usual annuum for a PhD fellowship, but any other major expenses must be mentioned explicitly in the application (e.g. travelling, field work, equipment, or external expert assistance necessary for the project).


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


Application procedure 

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. 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


The Ministerial Order on PhD degrees and other relevant documents can be downloaded from the faculty homepage at: or by contacting the Faculty of Theology, Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 Copenhagen S.


If you have questions concerning the PhD scholarship please contact Head of the PhD school Carsten Pallesen ( 

If you have technical questions concerning your application, please contact Lotte Strandberg ( Please refer to ID number 211-0144/19-2H


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 received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

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