CISTAS Project PhD Scholarship for International Students in Denmark

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PhD scholarship in young people's self-organised networks and communities, democratic governance and social media funded by a grant from Tuborg Foundation


Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant three-year PhD scholarship in the CISTAS project at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP).


The PhD-scholarship is linked to questions about young people's self-organised networks and communities, democratic governance and social media. The project is an action-oriented research project that examines how to ensure that young people's spontaneous self-organised communities develop democratically and how social media can be used as a positive tool for this. The project aims to investigate how inclusion/ exclusion mechanism takes place in new and informal associations and networks, and the role played by social media and its consequences for democratic governance. For a more detailed description, see


The PhD scholarship will be positioned at Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy (MPP). We are a uniquely multi-disciplinary research department with the ambition to make our research in management and organisation studies as well as adjacent fields known to students, companies, public institutions, and research colleagues as innovative, creative and critical/reflexive. A multi-disciplinary dialogue that challenges and combines academic disciplines and perspectives ties research at the department together. The department is committed to research-based education and to bring this understanding into play in society in a constructive, engaged, and valuable manner. A key focus of MPP is to publish its research with highly ranked academic journals and book publishers across a broad spectrum of areas, reflecting the department’s multidisciplinary set-up. Across the department, there is a keen interest in developing new forms of teaching and learning environments in collaboration with CBS faculty, international researchers, students and partner organisations.


The research areas of the Department can be seen at, but the research activities of the PhD scholarship is associated with the interdisciplinary research project 'Civil Society in the Shadow of the State' (CISTAS) which analyses the Danish civil society raising the questions; What role has civil society had in the development of the modern state and the welfare state? What role does civil society play today and what role will it play in the future? The CISTAS project has an extensive international network, and it is expected that the applicant will spend time abroad as visiting PhD fellow, e.g. with partners at Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society or another relevant research centre. The PhD project is funded by Tuborgfondet, and the applicant will have a particular responsibility to disseminate research knowledge to the foundation and take part in collaboration with its secretariat.


Experience with research dissemination or other forms of dissemination is an advantage, but not absolutely necessary.



The applicant must:  

  • Hold a Master in social science disciplines and/or humanities
  • Demonstrate high theoretical and methodological competencies
  • Demonstrate their potential ability to contribute to and enrich the principal components of the CISTAS project in general and the topic of young people's self-organised communities, democratic governance and social media when formulating their PhD research proposal (max 5 pages).
  • Demonstrate professional proficiency in English and Danish (written and spoken) enough to work empirically with young people's self-organised networks and communities as well as to disseminate research findings to a broader audience.

In assessing applications, particular emphasis will be placed on research potential relevant to the CISTAS project and the topic of young people's self-organised networks and communities, democratic governance and social media. An interest and experience in working with questions of; Civil society, voluntarism, activism, democratic governance and social media is an advantage, but not absolutely necessary.


The PhD is a three-year funded position by the Tuborg Foundation. To fulfil the research requirements of the position, the successful candidate is expected to be physically present on a regular basis and actively participate in the research activities of the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy. The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows PhD students to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses usually organised through the Doctoral School of Organisation and Management Studies (OMS). The programme is highly international, and the successful candidate will be expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme,  


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.


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).


For further information, please contact Associate professor Liv Egholm,, Professor Lars Bo Kaspersen, or Head of Secretariat Henrik Hermansen,, tel.: +45 3815 3656. Information about the department may be found at    


General information

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of 3 years and includes teaching obligations equivalent to 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 23.770 up to DKK 28.964 depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.


The salary level and appointment are determined by the Ministry of Finance’s collective agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

The PhD student will be enrolled at Doctoral School in Organisation and Management Studies.

To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process). An educational background in the social sciences is necessary. The applicant must have successfully completed the Master degree before commencing PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.


The application (see link below) must include a 5-page project description. 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 the completed application form, copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).


Recruitment procedure

The Recruitment Committee expects to shortlist at least two-five applicants to be assessed 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.


A committee of experts in the field in question will assess the applications. The assessment of the applicants will be based on the quality and relevance of the project, including an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to accomplish it. Following this assessment, the management of the department will select the successful candidate.


Please find the compulsory application form, guidelines, and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at  


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


Closing date: October 1, 2018 

Closing date: 1 October 2018.



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