Copenhagen Business School in Denmark invites applications for a PhD Scholarship in organizing innovation in China in the 2022/23 academic session.

Project details:

​The scholarship is part of a research project on China’s role in world-class science infrastructure hosted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing. The aim of this project is to analyse the interactions between: innovation policy, ecosystems of innovation, science-technology-innovation policy, mobility and attractiveness for international talents, innovation networks, technology transfer, and science collaboration/innovation networks. Empirically the focus is on the development of Huairou Science City, e.g. by taking on a holistic perspective to one or more specific case technologies (e.g. energy, nano-science, neuro-science). In this, the project will also look into ongoing and potential collaborations between Danish and Chinese scholars in a time of uncertainty. Relatively little is known about the role of China in the process of organizing global science, technology and innovation.


This scholarship steps into this breach. Applications are encouraged from those with some experience of International Political Economy and the political economy of China. Chinese language ability is preferred, although not essential. The selection of the PhD stipend will not be based on prior methodological or theoretical preferences. However, applications should outline and reflect upon theoretical and methodological preferences. The holder of the scholarship will work within the fields of International Political Economy, economic sociology, organization studies, business and politics, economic geography, historical sociology and China studies.

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) to be in large part conducted at the Sino-Danish Centre in Beijing.
  • 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 28,365 up to DKK 34,256 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.


Please be aware, that the PhD project involves funding from Sino Danish Center/SDC, and therefore the PhD student:

  • is required to spend time in a Chinese research environment. The specific period depends on the funding model, in this PhD case it is a full SDC scholarship which requires 12 months in a SDC/Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) research environment.
  • is expected to contribute to the educational activities on the SDC Master’s programs in Beijing during their stay in China.
  • 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 Masters degree before commencing a PhD at CBS.
  • The applicant must be fluent in English.

How to Apply

The application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system.

Application must include:

  • 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 mother tongue.

Deadline: Application closes on August 20, 2022


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