PhD scholarship in applied microeconomics and labour economics with a focus on integration of refugees, at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

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The Department of Economics at the University of Copenhagen offers a PhD scholarship linked to EARN: Economic Assimilation Research Network. The successful candidate will be employed from 1st of September 2017 (an earlier or later start date can be arranged).

Deadline for applications: May 1st, 2017.

EARN aims at improving the integration of refugees. KU, KORA and LG Insights are partners in the research programme that also involves dialog and knowledge sharing with the important institutions in the Danish integration policy as well as with internationally renowned researchers in the field.

Projects under the EARN programme use the detailed Danish register data and bring together deep knowledge of the Danish integration efforts and initiatives and the experience of the international research elite in order to provide internationally competitive research on integration with the highest possible impact and relevance for society.

The ideal candidate has strong skills within applied microeconometrics and a clear motivation to do policy relevant research within empirical labour economics. The PhD project should contribute to our understanding of the employability of refugees and the integration of refugees into the Danish labour market. The successful candidate will join a dedicated and experienced team of international researchers and national experts on immigration and integration and the network offers good opportunities to develop first class research skills as well as analytical and collaborative skills applicable to project management in general. 

The PhD scholarship will be awarded either as a 5+3 or a 4+4 scholarship depending on the situation of the applicant. The scholarship will allow the student to apply a variety of complementary scientific methods and obtain internationally competitive research skills applied within the economics of immigration and integration, guided by national and international experts in the field.

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.

Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme (4+4 PhD study programme). Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 280 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.

  • 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 enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013. You will find general information about the PhD program on the website of the Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences (in English) and (in Danish).

 Applications should include the following enclosures:

  • CV, incl. relevant experience (internships, work) and language qualifications
  • Degree certificates and transcripts of all relevant course work
  • Project proposal (3-4 pages)
  • List of publications (if any)

Further information is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences: or from Postdoc Mette Foged  
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 Economics disciplines.
4. Performance (grades obtained) in graduate and post-graduate studies.
5. Department of Economics can offer adequate supervision for the research topic in question.

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

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.

The application must be submitted electronically no later than May 1, 2017.