PhD Fellowship in Business and Development at CBS in Denmark 2021

Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a PhD fellowship in ‘Business and Development’ at the Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC) in 2021/22 academic session.

Examples of research areas that the PhD project may cover:

  • Entrepreneurship, management and innovation in developing countries and emerging economies; the role of local and foreign firms in promoting sustainable development
  • Sustainability governance in developing countries and emerging economies; global value chains and sustainability; multi-level impacts (micro-meso-macro) of governance and their interactions
  • Business, humanitarian interventions and human rights in developing countries and emerging economies; critical approaches to the business of development and to business activities in a developmental context

Multi-disciplinary by design, MSC leverages the synergies of its faculty to explore the conditions and practices of responsible management, organisation and governance in a globalising world, sharing a particular concern with culture, communication and context as lenses to understand the interaction and interdependencies of business and society.

MSC is a significant supplier of research based teaching to a broad portfolio of programmes, which includes undergraduate, graduate and doctoral teaching and supervision as well as executive education in the fields of:

  • Responsible Management, Leadership and Governance
  • Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Business and Development (with an emphasis on the emerging/growth economies context)
  • Organisational Communication (corporate communication, strategic communication, leadership communication, marketing communication, international business communication) and Media Studies

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.

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The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student.

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 27.363 up to DKK 33.045 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 %.
  • The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.


  • To be considered, the candidate should have 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 Masters degree before commencing PhD at CBS.
  • Applicants must have achieved the equivalent grade of ten (10) or higher on the Danish 7-point grading scale for their master’s thesis.
  • The minimum grade point average of 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale must have been achieved for the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree combined.
  • The applicant must be fluent in English.
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 How to apply

Applications must be sent via the electronic recruitment system.

Applications must include:

  • Research proposal (maximum 5 pages).
    This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level along with a grade transcript
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV)
  • List of papers and publications
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis)
  • Documentation for English language skills

Deadline: The application deadline is March 31,  2021, at midnight CET.


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