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PhD Scholarship in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Publish Date: May 19, 2015

Deadline: Jun 02, 2015

The Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year PhD position in Comparative Indo-European Linguistics to be filled by 1 September 2015.

The position is opened in the framework of the research project “The homeland: In the footprints of the early Indo-Europeans”, financed by the Carlsberg Foundation. The project seeks to determine when and where Proto-Indo-European – the ancestor of the Indo-European languages – was spoken, by combining the findings of historical-comparative linguistics with archaeological and genetic evidence. The principal investigator of the project is Associate Professor Thomas Olander, a comparative linguist. The project will also include a postdoctoral researcher specialised in the archaeological aspects of the problem.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have a background in comparative Indo-European linguistics, including a profound knowledge of the oldest stages of the various Indo-European language branches. The position involves research in the Indo-European homeland problem in the broad sense, including theoretical and methodological problems as well as more specific problems related to lexicon and, if relevant, morphology and phonology. The PhD student will be part of the Roots of Europe Center, which includes a professor, an associate professor and four postdoctoral researchers.

The application should include a proposal outlining the overall themes, sources, methodology, theories and expected outcomes of the PhD project as well as a time-plan.

For questions about the academic aspects of the project and the position, please contact the PI of the research project (Thomas Olander For questions regarding the application procedure please contact the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities

Application deadline
: Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 at 23.59 (CET).

Employment start: 1 September 2015.

Application procedure:

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent. Applicants shall have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master program. In case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline, you must include a statement (pre-approval) from your university that declares that you have been awarded the master degree.

Applications must be submitted via the electronic application system (you may find the link in the above call for applications).

The following enclosures to the application must be submitted:

A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma and transcript of records
Bachelor degree diploma and transcript of records
If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
Documentation of English proficiency. (You may find more information below.)
Curriculum Vitae
Project proposal (must not exceed 12,000 characters. For further information see below)

Do not upload ZIP files and do not submit any publications, recommendations or your Master thesis.

The Faculty will dismiss applications, which do not adhere to the formal requirements.

Diploma and transcript of records: The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts may be made by or approved by either:

a state-authorized translator and interpreter
the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made
a Danish consulate/embassy

The PhD administration encourages applicants from within the EU to enclose a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is part of a common European framework for transparency of competencies and qualifications – the EuroPass framework. For more information, click here.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. Read more at the website of The Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation.

Project proposal requirements: Please note that the research proposal must not exceed 12,000 characters in Microsoft Word (including spacing, punctuation, footnotes and references, title, study plan, figures etc., but excluding bibliography). Please specify the amount of characters used at the top (left/right) of your research proposal. Guidelines on how to make a research proposal and information about required enclosures are available here.

Documentation of proficiency in English: You need to document proficiency in English. For information about the specific language requirements and applicants who are exempt from these requirements, please read more on the PhD website. Applicants who have not submitted documentation of English proficiency (and who are not subject to the exemptions listed on our website) will be dismissed. Read more about language requirements here.

Further information: Employment as a PhD scholar occurs pursuant to the applicable rules of the Faculty of Humanities, as well as between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Under this agreement, the PhD student is obliged - without further remuneration - to carry out allotted work to an extent corresponding to a total of 840 working hours in the course of a three-year contract.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the applicant in question does not already have a PhD degree. Applicants who have already obtained a PhD degree will, as a main rule, be dismissed.

For further information on employment terms please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) as well the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector. Read more here.

Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' PhD School is a precondition for employment as a PhD scholar: For more information about the PhD School, click here.

Application deadline: Application deadline: Tuesday June 2nd, 2015 at 23.59 (CET). No supplementary documents will be taken into consideration after this deadline.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

For any further questions, please contact the PhD administration by e-mail ( If you have specific questions concerning your submitted PhD application please use the following e-mail address:

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