PhD Scholarship for project: Enter Donor Groups: Analyzing the Impact of a New Class of Political Groups
University of Southern Denmark, Department of Political Science and Public Management

PhD Scholarship for project: Enter Donor Groups: Analyzing the Impact of a New Class of Political Groups


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, Odense, invites applications for a PhD scholarship within Political Science as of February 1, 2020. For more information about the department organisation, research and teaching, please visit the website. 

The ideal applicant and PhD project proposal
To qualify for the PhD scholarship, you must have a high academic level, substantial training in political science, and be able to outline an individual research project embedded in the larger project "Enter Donor Groups: Analyzing the Impact of a New Class of Political Groups". The overall project is led by professor Michael Baggesen Klitgaard and is funded by a grant from the Danish Research Council. The project analyses implications of the emergence of a new class of political groups and conducts comparative political analyses of tax policymaking to answer the research questions.

We are looking for candidates who are able to work independently and - in consultation with the PhD supervisor – prioritize between aspects of the work as a PhD candidate. Candidates are also expected to have good interpersonal skills, be interested in engaging with the national and international research community, be present and contribute to the academic and social environments at the department.

When preparing your PhD project proposal, you are strongly advised to familiarize yourself with the project and to consult the general guidelines for preparing a project proposal at the PhD School's webpage. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the departments' Scholarly Qualification Matrix.

As a PhD Student, you will become a member of the department's welfare and public policy unit that has a strong international profile in comparative public policy and welfare state research. Affiliated researchers cover topics such as the politics of welfare state reform, the political challenges of population aging, migration, and growing economic disparities. It is a cross-disciplinary unit, and the successful candidate is expected to be open to other disciplines. For a more information 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 to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development. Furthermore, the department aims to employ staff that reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from candidates regardless of personal background.


Requirements and programme structure
PhD candidates follow an individual PhD plan including course work, conference participation, and teaching. One semester is typically spent 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, Journalism, or Social Sciences. Applications are invited from candidates with a master's degree (the 5+3 programme). Candidates who, in addition to their bachelor's degree, expect to have passed 60 ECTS of their master's programme by February 1, 2020 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 David Hopmann, tel. +45 6550 2464, e-mail

For further information about the research project, please contact Professor Michael Baggesen Klitgaard phone +45 4022 7649, e-mail

Application and assessment process
An application must include:

  • Application form

  • A project proposal of no more than 12,000 characters in total, 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 number of characters including spaces of the project description must be stated on the first page of the project description.

  • An abstract for the above project description of no more than 250 words, to be submitted on a separate sheet/page.

  • A detailed CV (max. 2 pages)

  • A copy of your master's degree certificate including all examination results. In case of a 4+4 enrolment, a copy of your bachelor's degree certificate and a transcript of you master's level examination results must be included.

  • Information on experience with teaching, dissemination, or scientific publication, if applicable.

  • Reference letters are not needed.


All documents in languages other than Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, or German must be translated into 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 may 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.

Shortlisted applications will be assessed by an internal 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.


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