The Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School is inviting applications for a vacant PhD scholarship in Organizing Megaprojects in Denmark for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Megaprojects, such as Fehmarn Belt or the development of new metro lines are used increasingly frequently to accomplish large-scale changes. Due to its enormous budgets, the rather likely cost overruns have a severe financial impact not only for the actors involved but also for society in large.

Why are megaprojects so challenging? While the study of megaprojects is blooming, there is still more to explore, and plenty of new avenues for theoretical developments concerning the nature and challenges of organizing megaprojects. They encourage applications investigating the organization of megaprojects, taking, for instance, a decision-making perspective, a learning perspective, a sense-making perspective, or a sociological perspective.

Worth of Award

  • 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 scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85 percent of the base salary.
  • The salary level and appointment are determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.
  • The PhD student will be enrolled at the PhD School in Organisation and Management Studies.


To be considered, the candidate should;

  • Have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process).
  • An educational background in the social sciences is necessary.
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the Master’s degree before commencing PhD at CBS.
  • The applicants must be fluent in English.

How to Apply

Applicants are expected to have;

  • A project description (max. 5 pages):
  • This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and research methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan in the form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level.
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV).
  • A list of papers and publications.
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not the mother tongue.


Deadline: Application closes June 8, 2019.

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