PhD scholarships at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies
University of Copenhagen, Department of Art and Cultural Studies

PhD scholarships at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for two 3-year fully funded PhD scholarships. The candidates are expected to begin on September 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.   


The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies conducts research and runs higher education programs from BA to PhD level in art history, visual culture, musicology, comparative literature, theatre and performance studies, and cultural studies. 


Further information about the department can be found at 


The applicant’s qualifications for the scholarship are evaluated by taking into account the applicant’s general educational and academic background such as the applicant’s grade average, thesis grade, language competencies, publications and other academic activities given by the curriculum vitae as well as the duration of study especially during the applicant’s MA programme. 


In addition, the proposed PhD project and study plan will be evaluated by taking the following into consideration; originality, choice of theory and method, disciplinary relevance, and prospects for completion within the required timeframe of 36 months. 


Furthermore, applicants are encouraged to reflect on how their project relates to the research activities and the academic profile at the department. 



Qualification Requirements 

Please note that applications which do not adhere to the formal requirements (read more in the two sections ‘Admission requirements’ and ‘Application requirements’ below) will not be taken into consideration for the PhD scholarship.   


Admission requirements 

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent. 


Applicants must have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university declaring that you have been awarded the master degree.   


Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Please read more at the Ministry of Higher Education and Sciences website: 


Excellent communication skills in English is essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process, if considered necessary. 


Please include the following in your application package: 



Please include a complete CV including a list of publications, if you have any.   


Statement of consent 

Statements of consent can be submitted with the application. For example, agreement of access to special archives, agreement of exchange at an international university, or a statement of consent from a potential supervisor/ co-supervisor etc. 


Recommendations and publications  

Do NOT upload or submit cover letters, recommendations, publications or your Master thesis. 


Project description 

Please include a detailed description of your proposed PhD project. Please adhere to the guidelines at this page: 


Short summary of project description 

Max 300 words or 2,000 key strokes incl. spaces. 


Diploma and transcript of records   

The following documentation must be submitted:  

  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)   

  • A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)   

  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma   

  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)   

If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application. 


The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by either of the following:  

  • A state-authorized translator and interpreter   

  • The embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made   

  • A Danish consulate/embassy   

The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. 

For more information: 


Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate.  

Read more here: 


Please read about admission requirements and application requirements on our website at:   


The recruitment process 

After the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are shortlisted for assessment or not. Hereafter, the Dean appoints an Assessment Committee and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.  


Afterwards a selection of qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.   

For further information on the recruitment process please see University of Copenhagen’s website:  



As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete PhD courses of a total approximating 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD program, you must submit a PhD thesis.   


Read more about the structure of the PhD program and what it means to be enrolled as a PhD scholar at the Faculty of Humanities via this link: 


For more information about the PhD School, visit: 


Terms of employment 

PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas. 


For further information on employment, please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).  

Please read more here: 


Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.    



For any further questions regarding the position, terms of employment, application requirements, etc. please contact the PhD Administration, HR South and City Campus, University of Copenhagen via this e-mail: 


As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion. 


Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 25 February 2019 (11.59 pm) (CET).   


You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires. No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline. 

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