PhD Scholarship in Social Data Science University of Copenhagen in Denmark (UCPH) 2021

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) invites applications for the PhD Scholarship in Social Data Science in Denmark for the 2021/22 academic year.

Applicants must have a background in sociology, psychology, economics, political science, anthropology, computational social science, cognitive science, natural language processing or a related field, and have experience with the collection, processing and analysis of qualitative – and ideally also quantitative – data. Experience with and openness to working in an interdisciplinary research environment is preferred.

Worth of Award

  • Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant will be paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: “SU-klip”).
  • More specifically, the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, supervision etc.) totalling a workload of at least 280 hours.
  • Upon completion of the MSc degree the PhD student will transfer to the salary-earning part of the scholarship.


  • Candidates with a strong social science background who quality for 5+3 (3 year PhD programme) or the 4+4 (4 year PhD programme) in Social Science. In the assessment, emphasis will be put on academic track-record, experience with digital social science research, the project proposal, and interdisciplinary experience. Excellent English language skills are required. The ability to read, speak and ideally write Danish will be an advantage due to the specific nature of the object of investigation.
  • To be eligible for the 5+3 PhD scholarship, applicants must have completed a two-year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level. The position includes a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3-year period. This will, typically, include teaching or supervision.
  • PhD students under the 4 + 4 model, who have completed a BSc and 60 ECTS of a relevant MSc degree, will enrol as PhD students simultaneously with completing their enrolment in this MSc degree programme.
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How to Apply

Your application for the PhD Scholarship in Social Data Science University of Copenhagen must be accompanied by the following appendices:

  • Cover Letter (max 2 pages) detailing the applicant’s motivation and background for applying
  • Project proposal (max 5 pages) comprising (a) an outline of proposed research project and its contribution to work package 4 (Regulating Distractions); (b) a description and reflections on experiences with social data science methods and interdisciplinary collaboration; (c) broader thoughts and ideas on how to contribute to making DISTRACT an agenda-setting social data science project.
  • CV
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
  • Rough time plan/schedule
  • Budget
  • List of publications (if any)
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Deadline: The closing date for applications is August 15, 2021, 23:59 CEST.


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