Copenhagen Business School in Denmark invites applications for a PhD Scholarship in organizational consequences of large-scale funding in the 2022/23 academic session.

Project details:

The PhD scholarship is part of a collaborative research project, led by Associate Professor Jane Bjørn Vedel as Principal Investigator (PI). The project is entitled “The implications of large-scale grants for the university as an institutionalized organization” (details available upon request) and is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation.


The selected PhD candidate is expected to investigate how organizations (universities, in particular) deal with the consequences of field-level changes related to funding and how these changes, in turn, affect the organizations’ form. In particular, they will investigate the processes through which large-scale grants impact universities’ organizational form, educational offering and researchers’ careers, as well as the production of knowledge.

Candidates should be familiar with organizational theory (e.g., institutional theory and studies in organization and time) and qualitative research, and have a keen interest in studying the broader implications of funding on organization(s). Familiarity with Science and Technology Studies (STS) (e.g., the anthropology of knowledge) is considered an asset. The PhD scholarship involves extensive qualitative research in Denmark and collaboration with the PI and two post-docs in an integrated project team structure at IOA. Hence, residence in the Copenhagen area for the main part of the scholarship is expected.

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 percent of the base salary.


To be considered the applicant must

  • have a basic education at master’s level (corresponding to the 3 + 2 Bologna process)
  • have received the grade of 10 (or equivalent) for the master’s thesis according to the Danish 7-point grading scale
  • have a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the bachelor’s and master’s degree combined or alternatively a weighted grade point average must be at least 9.5 for the master’s degree alone
  • have an educational background in the social sciences
  • have completed the master’s program before starting the PhD program at CBS
  • master academic English at a high level in writing and speaking

How to Apply

The application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system.

The application must include a five-page project description. The project description must include:

  • a presentation of an original research question
  • a description of the initial theoretical framework and method
  • a presentation of the proposed empirical material
  • a work-plan in form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project.

In addition to the project description, copies of the following must be included:

  • diploma for bachelor’s and master’s degree or other certificates at an equivalent level as well as the grade transcripts
  • a concise curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a list of articles and publications (if applicable)
  • one example of a selected written work (e.g., master’s thesis)
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not mother tongue.

Deadline: The application closes on August 8, 2022


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