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Department of Anthropology > PhD Programme > Application


The Faculty of Social Sciences advertises fully funded University scholarships in shared PhD advertisements twice a year.

1. Announcement March/April - deadline May
2. Announcement Septemer/October - deadline Novebmer

Please refer to the Graduate School of Social Sciences for advertisements and specific dates.
Advertisements within specific areas of research, normally funded by external projects are also announced by the Graduate School of Sciences and at the UCPH Job Portal covering all areas at UCPH. Theese advertisements will be announced regularly during the year.

Guidelines for the PhD application

Applicants for the PhD programme at the Department of Anthropology must apply via the Faculty of Social Sciences. Please read more about it at their homepage.

You can also find more information about the PhD studies at the Department of Anthropology by reading the Curriculum for the PhD programme in Anthropology.
The following details must be included in the project description:

  • Statement of the general research problem and how it will be investigated through more specific research questions
  • Explanation of the general significance of the study
  • Discussion of the analytical framework of the research problem in the light of relevant theory
  • Description of the geographical and socio-cultural context of the study
  • Presentation of the research design and the methods that will be employed to generate the data
  • Practical considerations
  • Ethical considerations
  • Time plan for the three-year study programme, which must include approximately one semester's teaching and organizing of research seminars at the Department of Anthropology and participation in PhD courses worth 30 ECTS points.
  • Budget, click here for guidelines. If you are not applying for one of the fully funded scholarships, please include an annual tuition fee of DKK 72,000 and salary for all three years.

Click here to download the guidelines

Applicants' qualifications

The PhD programme is a three -years full time study and research programme in the so-called 5+3 model. This means that an applicant must have the Danish kandidat degree, equivalent to an M.A., M.Sc. from a university in the UK or USA or similar qualifications; in other words, he or she should have completed a university level study programme of usually 5 years' duration. To apply for a PhD in anthropology the applicant must hold a master's degree in anthropology or a closely related topic.
The PhD degree is awarded after the successful completion of the three-years programme culminating in the submission and succesfull defense of the PhD thesis.

Industrial PhD 

The Industrial PhD initiative is aimed at enhancing research and development in the Danish business sector by training researchers to gain insight into the business related aspects of research and development and building personal networks of knowledge between companies and Danish or foreign universities/research institutions.
Read more about the Industrial PhD initiative, application procedure etc.