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Copenhagen Business School (CBS) PhD Scholarship at the Department of Management, Society, and Communication 2020


The Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for one vacant PhD scholarship within the department’s areas of research.

Multi-disciplinary by design, MSC leverages the synergies of its faculty to explore the conditions and practices of responsible management, organisation and governance in a globalising world, sharing a particular concern with culture, communication and context as lenses to understand the interaction and interdependencies of business and society.

Eligible Fields

Applicants are required to develop a well-specified research proposal, which should be linked to one or more of these research environments. This may include addressing topic areas like:

  • The challenges of fostering practices and transformations towards sustainability of organizations, markets, individuals, and society at large
  • The relations between business, government and civil society in governing sustainable development, particularly in the Global South
  • The dynamic interplay of communication, organization and governance (especially in the age of digital media), including issues such as diversity, culture, learning, change, and/or (responsible) management and leadership, as these pertain to contemporary organizations

We invite interested candidates from different disciplinary backgrounds in the human and social sciences, such as management and organisation studies, economics, media and communication studies, culture studies, development studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, or geography.

Selection Criteria

Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.

Duration and Value of Offer

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years, and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours). The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 27.363 up to DKK 33.045 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 %
The salary level and appointment is determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

The three-year PhD program at CBS allows you to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The program is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS website for more information about the PhD program: http://www.cbs.dk/en/research/phd-programmes.

Applicants must be fluent in English.

The planned starting date for the positions is on 1 December 2020 but may be agreed upon individually.


The Department will give priority to applicants with

  • High grades from their universities. For enrollment in the PhD School, applicants must have received a grade 10 or higher on the Danish 7-point grading scale on their master’s thesis (see info on equivalents: http://eng.uvm.dk/general-overview/7-point-grading-scale)
  • A background in social sciences and in particular business management and economics
  • An interest in joining (one or more of) the Department’s research environments

Eligible Countries: International

To be Taken at (Country): Denmark

Number of Awards: 1

Closing Date: 7 August 2020.


The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project proposal. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include:

  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV)
  • List of papers and publications
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis)
  • Documentation for English language skills including proof of written English proficiency
  • Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.

Recruitment procedure 

The Recruitment Committee makes a shortlist of the applicants that will be evaluated by the Assessment Committee. All applicants will be notified of their status in the recruitment process shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.

Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at http://uk.cbs.dk/phd

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system (using the link below).

Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

For further information please contact:  Head of Department Dorte Salskov-Iversen, e-mail [email protected]. Information about the department may be found at www.cbs.dk/msc.

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