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PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen , Denmark


Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics in connection with the project Effective interventions for children in out-of-home care: Explaining the impact of decisions and types of treatment.

Deadline for applications is 1 April 2016. Employment is scheduled to begin on 1 September 2016, or according to agreement.

The research project is financed by a grant from the TrygFonden. The overall research project aims at providing a better understanding of the effect of the interventions for vulnerable children. In particular, we are interested in evaluating how children who have been in out-of-home treatment perform in terms of education, health and crime. The PhD scholarship is focused on effect evaluation, and involves empirical analyses using Danish survey and register data. The scholarship is an integrate part of a research project on the impact of interventions, which involves both researchers from other disciplines and international researchers. The project contains both a qualitative and a quantitative part, but this PhD project will mainly focus on quantitative analysis.  

The PhD programme in Economics at the University of Copenhagen qualifies the PhD student to independently undertake research, development and teaching assignments at an international level in the private and public sectors, for which a broad knowledge of research is required.

The PhD programme provides PhD students with strong research training which opens up a window of opportunity to a variety of careers within the private and public sectors. The programme includes the drafting of a PhD thesis, active participation in research networks, PhD courses, teaching and other forms of knowledge dissemination. The PhD programme can be undertaken as a three year full-time study within the framework of the 5+3 study programme, or as a four year full-time study programme within the framework of the 4+4 study programme. 

The 5+3 PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programme for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching.
The 4+4 PhD study programme
Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enroll as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programme for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is 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, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.
Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:

In English:
In Danish

You will find information about enclosures to include with your electronic application on this website, and under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme, and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:
In English: 
In Danish:

Further information about the scholarships can be obtained from Professor Mette Ejrnæs, Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5, DK1353 Copenhagen K. email:, or Associate Professor Mette Gørtz, email:


  • The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society, and invites all qualified applicants regardless of personal background to apply for the positions.
  • In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enroll as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013. 

 Application process

The application must be submitted electronically no later than 1 April 2016.

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

  1. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.
  2. Quality and feasibility of the project.
  3. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant economics disciplines.
  4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.
  5. Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.

The selected applicants are notified of the composition of the committee, and later each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

Further Information

Application Deadline : 1 April 2016

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