PhD Scholarship in Gender Images and International Security
University of Copenhagen, Department of Political Science

PhD scholarship within the Research Project “Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security” in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

The Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen invites applications for one three-year PhD scholarship within the research project “Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security”. The research project is funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark and the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. The successful candidate will be employed by February 1st, 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The project
“Bodies as Battleground: Gender Images and International Security” addresses three themes: gender, security and images. The project starts from a discursive conception of security, an understanding of gender as cultural, and the image as open to multiple interpretations. The overall research question of the project is: "How are gender-specific security problems constituted through images?" The project employs a mixed-method strategy and is organized around four subprojects. These show the importance of historical context for how gender security problems might be shown, the relationship between levels of violence and gender representation in war photography, the way gender norms are reproduced or challenge in photographic images, and the possibilities of images to bring theoretical attention to "invisible" security problems.

The PhD scholarship
The PhD scholarship is part of a subproject that asks: ‘How are gender norms reproduced or challenged in war photography?’ This subproject will involve a qualitative analysis of photos taken by photojournalists during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The PhD student will work with textual and visual discourse analysis and collaborate with another PhD student who is conducting a quantitative analysis of the same photojournalistic dataset. This subproject is managed by Professor Lene Hansen.

Are you the right candidate?
Preferred applicants will have an interest in questions related to conflict, gender, images, and photojournalism. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical skills and proven qualitative methodological qualifications. Experience in working with textual or visual discourse analysis is an advantage but not a requirement. We accept applications under the 5+3 PhD program. Please note that students who are expecting to graduate this term and are awaiting the evaluation of their dissertation/master thesis may apply under the 5+3 program.

Please contact Professor Lene Hansen ( for a full description of the research project and more information about the position. For information on the PhD program and the application procedure please consult the website of the Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences (in English) and (in Danish).

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.   

The application must be submitted electronically using the APPLY NOW button below, and must include:    

  • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project  
  • Project description (max. 5 pp. double-spaced, not including bibliography)  
  • Time schedule  
  • CV    
  • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc/BA and MSc/MA)    
  • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)   

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 programmes 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.  

Application process
On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find information about the application process and enclosures to include with your electronic application: 

The application must be submitted electronically no later than December 1, 2019, 23:59 Danish time.

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account. 

Interviews are expect to take place on January 10th 2020.

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 social science disciplines.  

4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.  

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and 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


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-12-2019
Employment start: 01-02-2020
Department/Location: Institut for Statskundskab

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