PhD Scholarships in Welfare Studies and/or Border Region Studies University of Southern Denmark, Department of Political Science and Public Management Denmark

PhD Scholarships in Welfare Studies and/or Border Region Studies


Do you want a research education as a salaried and institutionally supported PhD student? The Department of Political Science and Public Management at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for one or more PhD scholarships within the areas of welfare studies & public policy and/or border region studies as of February 1, 2019 or as agreed. As a PhD student, you will be affiliated with the Danish Centre of Welfare Studies (in Odense) or the Centre for Border Region Studies (in Sønderborg). For more information about the department’s organisation, research, and teaching, please visit the website.


The ideal applicant and PhD project proposal

To qualify for a PhD scholarship, you must have a high academic level and be able to outline an original research project. The project is individual, but it should be related to the ongoing research in the relevant centre (see below). We are looking for candidates possessing personal qualities such as curiosity and a strong desire to understand and solve societal challenges. You must be able to work independently and—in consultation with the PhD supervisor—prioritize the different aspects of your work. Finally, you are expected to have good interpersonal skills, be interested in engaging with the national and international research community (your supervisor and the department will support you in this), be present and take part in the daily academic and social environments in Odense or Sønderborg.


When applying, you must enclose a project proposal as well as a motivated suggestion for a supervisor. When preparing these documents, you are strongly advised to consider the research profile and the staff of the relevant centre. Please also consult the general guidelinesfor preparing a project proposal at the PhD School’s webpage. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the department’s Scholarly Qualification Matrix.


Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) has a strong international profile in comparative public policy and welfare state research. Affiliated researchers cover a broad range of welfare-related topics such as the politics of welfare state reform, the political challenges of population aging, migration, and growing economic disparities. DaWS is a cross-disciplinary unit and the successful candidate is expected to be open to other disciplines. Applicants with theoretically innovative comparative projects are encouraged to apply. For more information about the centre, please visit the website.


Centre for Border Region Studies specializes in European border studies, centring its research around the three interrelated areas: 1) Borders and conflicts; 2) Borders and Europeanization; 3) Borders and regions. The centre has a highly interdisciplinary profile consisting of political scientists, historians and ethnologists. Applicants with explicit cross-disciplinary, theory developing and empirical ambitions are encouraged to apply. For more information about the centre, please visit the website.


The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.


Requirements and programme structure

As a PhD student, you will follow an individual PhD plan including course work, conference participation, and teaching. PhD students typically spend one semester at another research institution, often abroad. The scholarship carries a monthly salary including pension plus office facilities and financial support for conference travels and research visits abroad. Conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).


If selected for the position(s), you will be enrolled in the PhD programme in Political Science or alternatively Social Sciences. Applications are invited from candidates with a master’s degree (the 5+3 programme). Masters in political science are preferred but candidates with master’s degrees in other social sciences, e.g. economics or sociology, may also be considered. Candidates who in addition to their bachelor's degree expect to have passed 60 ECTS of their master’s programme by February 1, 2019, are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship within the 4+4 programme.


A 5+3 PhD programme spans over three years (fully salaried), while the 4+4 programme runs for a period of four years. If enrolled in the 4+4 programme, your will be enrolled in the PhD programme and the master’s programme parallel to each other. During this period, the pay will consist of the Danish Student Allowance (SU)—if you are entitled to it—and a supplementary salary for job assignments. After completing the master’s degree, you will enter a fully salaried PhD scholarship for the remaining two years. Employment as a salaried PhD student is governed by the agreement of October 1, 2008 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5—protocol on PhD Research Fellows.


For further information about the PhD programme, please contact PhD coordinator, Professor WSR, David Hopmann, tel. +45 6550 2464, e-mail

For further information about the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies, please contact Head of Section, Professor Klaus Petersen tel. +45 4022 7629, e-mail

For further information about the Centre for Border Region Studies, please contact Head of Section, Professor Steen Bo Frandsen tel. +45 6550 1763, e-mail

Application and assessment process

An application must include:

  • Application form
  • A project proposal, max 5 pages of 2400 characters each, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc. The project description must be anonymized, i.e. it may not reveal your name or identity in any way. The total length in characters including spaces of the project description must be stated on the first page of the project description. If your name is mentioned in your project description or if the description exceeds the specified length, your application will be rejected without further assessment
  • An abstract for the above project description of no more than 250 words
  • A short letter with a motivated suggestion for a supervisor among the academic staff at the Department of Political Science and Public Management
  • Detailed CV
  • A certified copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results. In case of a possible 4+4 enrolment, a certified copy of your bachelor’s degree certificate and a transcribe of you master’s level examination results must be included
  • Information on experience with teaching, dissemination, or scientific publication, if applicable


All documents in other languages than Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, or German must be translated into to English. The project proposal, project abstract, CV, and the motivated suggestion for a supervisor must be written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish.


If you do not adhere to the above-mentioned specifications your application can be rejected without further assessment. The department reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.


Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process.


Applications will be assessed by a committee. The project description is assessed anonymously to avoid any unconscious bias. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, you will be emailed the part of the evaluation that concerns yourself and you will know if you are deemed qualified for the position or not. The assessment report is subsequently forwarded to the head of department who assembles an appointment committee and determines if one or more of the qualified applicants should be invited to a job interview. The appointment committee will manage and complete job interviews, and advise the head of department on which candidate(s) should be offered appointment.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the link "Apply online". Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.


Read the guideline for applicants 

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

If you apply for this position please say you saw it on Socioloxy


All Jobs










los andes