Sign up with your email address to be the first to know about new products, VIP offers, blog features & more.

PhD scholarship in Theology, Psychiatry and Law in the 18th century, University of Copenhagen


Subject to available grants, the Faculties of Theology, Health and Medical Sciences, and Law at the University of Copenhagen, hearby announces that a three-year PhDscholarship will be available from September 15th 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter. The scholarship is a new initiative to support increased interdisciplinary collaboration and strengthen cooperation between the three Faculties according to the UCPH Strategy 2023: Talent and collaboration.


The PhD scholar will be part of a new interdisciplinary research group on theology, psychiatry and law in the 18th century. The group carries out research on theological and psychiatric perspectives of material from the 18th century system of justice and related sources. For additional information on the work and topics of the research group, please contact Associate Professor Tine Reeh, or Professor Ralf Hemmingsen, The granting of the scholarship carries with it enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of the Faculty of Theology.


Deadline for applications: July 12th 2018.



In order to be eligible for the position applicants must hold a relevant Master’s degree or

similar qualifications equivalent to 120 ECTS credits. Besides attention to the scientific quality and the feasibility of the proposed PhD project, the assessment will put emphasis on the talent for independent research demonstrated by the applicant usually through a Master’s thesis or similar. The applicant is expected to document adequate academic skills in Latin and German that are relevant for the PhD project. Also, experience with reading 18th century handwriting and archival work are considered important.


Terms of employment 

The granting of the PhD scholarship will take place under the agreement in force between the

Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, AC. Under this

agreement, a PhD scholarship student is entitled to carry out relevant duties amounting to a total of

840 hours over the three-year period. The scholarship student must also be prepared to take an

active part in the work of the above mentioned research group and the relevant research environment on the involved Faculties, but with a base on the Faculty of Theology.



The Ministerial Order on PhD degrees and other relevant documents can be downloaded from the

faculty homepage at:


or obtained by contacting the Faculty of Theology, Karen Blixens Plads 16, 2300 Copenhagen S. If

you have questions concerning the PhD scholarships, please contact Head of the PhD school

Carsten Pallesen ( If you have technical questions concerning your application,

please contact Birgitte Boas Hein, email



The application must be submitted using a special form (see link at bottom of page). The application must be accompanied by the following appendices (scanned electronically):


  • Documentation for the Master’s degree
  • A short CV
  • A project description
  • A draft outline of the study programme and
  • A budget for the three years of study.

If available, the following documents should also be submitted as appendices:


  • Master’s thesis (including thesis assessment) and
  • list of publications.

Application and documentation can be submitted either in Danish or in English.


The project description must contain a description of the planned research project (max. 5 pages/12.000 key strokes incl. spaces), and the draft outline must contain realistic plan for the fulfillment of the requirements under the Ministerial Order on PhD degrees with regard to participation in courses and periods of study at other institutions. The Faculties expects the project to be kept within the usual annuum for a PhD fellowship.


The University of Copenhagen wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications for the scholarship from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background. After the expiry of the deadline for application the applications will be assessed by an assessment committee with members from all three Faculties.


Application procedure 

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee.  The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

  • Research qualifications as reflected in the project description.
  • Quality and feasibility of the project.
  • Qualifications in relevant disciplines.
  • Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.
  • The project hosts can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.

All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the 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


How to Apply 


Application deadline:  July 12th 2018.


Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned, and collected into one file. Applications sent by regular mail or by email or received after the deadline will not be taken into account.


Apply Now