International PhD Positionsat Copenhagen Business School

  • Phd
  • Salaried
  • 1 July 2021
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The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows candidates to conduct research under the supervision of CBS faculty, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international. Candidates are 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,  
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. Recent graduates from the department have been successfully placed at Texas A&M University and Cornell University.


The department will give priority to applicants with excellent grades from their universities. CBS 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 experience in academia, business, educational and dissemination activities).
At the time of enrolment, the applicant must have completed an academically relevant master’s degree according to the Bologna process (3-year bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) and 2-year master’s degree (120 ECTS)) or equivalent qualifications. The minimum grade requirements are a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the entire programme (i.e. for both the bachelor’s and master’s studies), and at least the grade 10 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for any final thesis or equivalent examination project. 
The applicant may apply for enrolment before the completion of a master’s degree. In this case, the decision of enrolment will be conditional upon the master’s degree having been successfully completed by the time of enrolment.


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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 scholarships include tuition fees, office space and travel grants.
The salary level and appointment are determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.


The research proposal is considered the backbone of the application and should be carefully developed by the applicant. It may not exceed five pages and should include the following:
  • A thorough description of the research question
  • A state-of the-art literature review related to the project’s research question
  • A statement of how the project intends to contribute to the literature
  • A positioning of the project in one of the research areas of the department
  • An explanation of the theories the project will rely on, with statement of hypotheses
  • A detailed indication of the strategy for data collection and analysis
  • A work plan describing the main phases and milestones of the PhD project

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of all diplomas/transcripts including both bachelor’s and master’s degree, including any grades obtained by the time of application if a degree has not been completed. Further, a 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. In case the master´s thesis is written in English, this is considered as documentation for English language skills.
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