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PhD Scholarship Program in Religious Studies 2019-22, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Publish Date: Jan 31, 2019

Deadline: Mar 04, 2019

PhD scholarship in Religious Studies

The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Denmark, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship in Religious Studies to be filled by 1 September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 
Application deadline: 4 March 2019  

Job content 

This PhD project will be carried out as a subproject within the collective research project Rearticulating Islam: A New Generation of Danish Muslim Religious Leaders, which is funded by the VELUX FOUNDATION. The research project as a whole will explore how a new generation of Muslim religious leaders in Scandinavia rearticulate Islam through their preaching, teaching, education, and engagement with society. This particular subproject seeks to answer the following overarching question: Why do young Scandinavian Muslims pursue Islamic education abroad, what kind of universities and schools are they attending, and what impact does this education have?  
The PhD candidate will employ qualitative research methods, such as semi-structured interviews and textual analysis. Project descriptions need to show awareness of the relevant research literature, provide a suitable theoretical framework, and convincingly show the methodological and practical feasibility of the imagined PhD project. Documented language skills in the key language(s) used in the educational institution(s) in question are highly meriting. Project descriptions may focus on individuals from either one or several Scandinavian countries.  It is expected that applicants are fluent in at least one Scandinavian language.
For further information about the position, please contact Associate Professor Simon Stjernholm (, who will supervise the PhD project.  
Please note that applications which do not adhere to the formal requirements (read more in the two sections ‘Admission requirements’ and ‘Application requirements’ below) will not be taken into consideration for the PhD scholarship.   

Admission requirements

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent.  
Applicants must 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 declaring that you have been awarded the master degree.   
Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in order to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree.
Excellent communication skills in English is considered essential and applicants must speak and write academic English fluently. The PhD Administration may ask applicants to document their proficiency in English at any time during the recruitment process if this is considered necessary. 


Please include the following in your application package:  


Please include a complete CV including a list of publications, if you have any.   

Statement of consent 

Statements of consent can be submitted with the application. For example, agreement of access to special archives, agreement of exchange at an international university, or a statement of consent from a potential supervisor/ co-supervisor etc. 

Recommendations and publications  

Do NOT upload or submit cover letters, recommendations, publications or your Master thesis. 

Project description   

The application must include a detailed project description written in English containing the overall objectives, reflections on the intended PhD project's method and design as well as a timetable. This description should make reference to the project Rearticulating Islam: A New Generation of Danish Muslim Religious Leaders, in particular the subproject described above.  
Diploma and transcript of records   
The following documentation must be submitted:  
  • A copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma (if not available before the application deadline, a pre-approval must be submitted)   
  • A copy of the applicant's Master’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)   
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree diploma   
  • A copy of the applicant's Bachelor’s degree transcript of records (an official description of the grading scale must be included)   
If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, German, French, Spanish, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application. 
The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made or approved by either of the following:  
  • 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. 

Chinese applicants are required to enclose a CADGEEC (The China Academic degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee) certificate.  

The recruitment process 

After the deadline for applications, applicants are selected for assessment on the advice of the Appointment Committee. All applicants will be notified whether they are shortlisted for assessment or not. Hereafter, the Dean appoints an Assessment Committee and the selected applicants are notified of the composition of this committee. Each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment which relates to their own application.  
Afterwards a selection of qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Please be advised that a positive assessment does not necessarily mean that you will be invited for an interview.     


As a PhD scholar at The Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen, you will be supervised for approximately 180 hours distributed over 6 semesters. In addition to this, you must complete PhD courses of a total approximating 30 ECTS. On completion of the PhD program, you must submit a PhD thesis.   

Terms of employment

PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities are appointed under the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. According to the agreement, PhD scholars are obliged – without any additional remuneration – to perform tasks assigned to them corresponding to 840 working hours over the three years. These tasks will primarily be in the form of teaching, dissemination, research or other related academic areas. 
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 any further questions regarding terms of employment, application requirements, etc. please contact the PhD Administration, HR South and City Campus, University of Copenhagen via this e-mail: 
As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion. 
Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 4 March 2019 at 23.59 (11.59 pm) (CET).   
You can alter submitted application in the recruitment system until the application deadline expires.
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