Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen Denmark  invites applications for a PhD scholarship in Anthropology of Disaster from prospective applicants. Employment is to begin on 1 September 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Applications should focus on one of the following themes:

  • Institutional interaction in disaster contexts, for example military-civil or state-private sectors.
  • Urban disasters and grassroots activism.

Worth of Awards

  • The successful applicant will be part of the PhD program at the Department of Anthropology.
  • PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can for instance include teaching.
  • The program provides PhD students with strong research training, which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors.
  • The program includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, and teaching and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD program is to be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study program.


  • The Faculty welcomes applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of age, gender, race, religion, ethnic background and citizenship.
  • The applicant must have prior fieldwork experience from a disaster, complex emergency and/or development setting and a degree in anthropology or a related discipline.
  • They expect a student with a good track record and good communicative and analytical skills.
  • Relevant inter-disciplinary experience is considered a qualification, and interest in interdisciplinary work a requirement.
  • They expect applicants to be able to take active part in, and contribute to establishing, an international, interdisciplinary working environment, characterized by high performance standards, entrepreneurship, curiosity and dynamism.
  •  In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial Order No. 18 of 14 January 2008.
  • An assessment committee will evaluate the applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee. When the assessment committee has finished the evaluation each applicant will receive the evaluation of his/her application.
  • In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study program the applicant must have completed a two year master´s degree program or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study program) for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements.         
  •  In English:
  • In Danish

How to Apply

  • Applicants are required to submit a 3-5 pages project description with a clear outline of their project´s empirical focus and theoretical and methodological approach.
  • Applications must be submitted online via the Graduate School´s website:

English and in Danish

  • Please note:Applications sent by regular mail or by e-mail will not be accepted.

For  any further information please contact Associate Professor, Birgitte Refslund Sørensen ([email protected]).
Deadline: The application must be submitted electronically no later than 30 May 2013
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