Application – University of Copenhagen

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 .

The UCPH Job Portal covers all areas at UCPH, please refer to this site, to for scholarships announced regularly during the year.

Guidelines for the PhD application - funded

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.

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.

Click here to download our guidelines

Guidelines for applicants seeking external funding

Applicants who are seeking external funding for their PhD studies and who wish to be enrolled at the Department of Anthropology must email the following documents to the Head of the PhD programme (phdprogramleder@anthro.ku.dk) no later than 1 month before the application deadline: 

  • Project description (5 pages). See our guidelines.
  • CV
  • Budget estimate covering expenses for fieldwork, research stay abroad, participation in courses and conferences. See example here.
  • Funding plan.
  • Confirmation from a Professor or Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology who commits to supervise the PhD project if it is funded.

On the basis of these documents, the Head of the PhD programme and the Head of Department will decide whether a housing commitment can be made.

Applicants' qualifications

To apply for a PhD in anthropology the applicant must hold a master's degree in anthropology or a closely related topic.

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.