The University of Southern Denmark, SDU is inviting applications its PhD fellowship from the Department of History in Denmark for the 2019/2020 academic year.

1 PhD fellowship is available at the Department of History starting October 1, 2019. The successful candidate will work within the project “Medieval Self-Commentaries Beyond Europe: A Transcultural Perspective” funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The fellowship runs for 3 years and candidates are expected to hold an MA in the area of medieval textual culture (literature, philology, history, with emphasis on texts and/or languages) or Classics.

The successful candidate will work on the 12th-century Byzantine polymath John Tzetzes, and in particular on his engagement with the Byzantine core handbook of rhetoric, the so-called Corpus Hermogenianum. The Corpus consists of 4 treatises assembled in the 5th or 6th century. Tzetzes penned a commentary in political verses on the four treatises. The commentary has been only partially edited and is preserved in seven known manuscripts.

Worth of Award

  • A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period.
  • The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.
  • The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the Protocol on PhD Research Fellow signed by the Danish Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations) of 10 November 2015, enclosure 5,


To qualify for a PhD position;

  • You must have completed a relevant master’s degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.
  • The PhD candidate is expected to develop his/her own project, working in close cooperation with project leader Aglae Pizzone, who will prepare the critical edition of the text.
  • A desirable area of research would be a comparative approach with the study of rhetoric and the commentary tradition in the Latin Middle Ages.

How to Apply

The application must be made in the form of a Declaration of Interest including the following:

  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please attach this under box “Application form”)
  •  A research proposal/description of your approach to the project outlined above (max one page excluding references)
  • A detailed CV, including personal contact information
  • Copies of diplomas, Bachelor as well as Master’s degree, including a transcript of notes/grades
  • Special PhD-application form found here
  • At least two signed reference letters. Should your referees wish to send their letters directly to us, please send them to Marie-Louise Raabe using e-mail: [email protected] mentioning your name and the title of the position in the subject line. And please note that these also need to reach us before the deadline.
  • Application and all appendices must preferably be in English, but Danish, English, German, French, Italian or one of the Scandinavian languages are also accepted.
  • Please always include a copy of the original diploma/certificates.
  • They only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file.
  • They do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files.
  • All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.
  • In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file.


Deadline: Application closes June 25, 2019.


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