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PhD scholarships at the Department of Economics
University of Copenhagen

Date Posted Mar. 17, 2020
Title PhD scholarships at the Department of Economics
University University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark
Department Department of Economics
Application Deadline May 1, 2020
Position Start Date Sep. 1, 2020
  • Post-Doc
  • Economics

PhD scholarships at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), Labor Market for Physicians

Skill Formation in the Labor Market for Physicians
UCPH invites applications for a PhD scholarship. Employment is expected to begin September 1ST, 2020.

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Economics, UCPH, in connection with the project "Skill Formation in the Labor Market for Physicians." The PhD project is part of this larger project financed from a (Sapere Aude) grant from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The project lies in the intersection between labor and health economics. The overarching purposes of the project is two-fold, 1) to provide a better understanding of how opportunities, preferences and choices shape career paths in the highly specialized labor market for physicians and 2) understand how career circumstances affect physician practice styles, and, thereby, the health outcomes of patients. The PhD will be part of a team of three researchers at the UCPH and additional international collaborators. The PhD project will entail work with administrative Danish data from registers and archives.

For further information about the project, please see If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Associate Professor and principal investigator (PI) Torben Heien Nielsen (thn@econ.ku.dk

The research team is part of Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI). This environment includes 13 senior researchers, 14 junior researchers, 14 PhD students, 9 research assistants as well as international collaborators.

Deadline for applications: 1st of May, 2020

Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:

In English:
In Danish:

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:

In English:
In Danish:

Job description

The positions are available for a 3-year period (for applicants holding a master degree in Economics) or a
4-year period (under the so-called 4+4 model for applicants holding a BSc degree, and who have also completed one year of master level studies at the time of employment).

The tasks of PhD student are to Participate in our research team Write scientific articles that are included in the PhD thesis of the applicant Attend PhD courses Participate in congresses/workshops/seminars Teach and disseminate your research Visit another international research institution for at least a few months


We seek candidates with a strong academic background in Economics, qualifying for enrolment in the 5+3 programme (3 year PhD programme); or 4+4 programme (4 year PhD programme) in Economics. In the assessment of the candidate’s qualifications, emphasis will be on grade performance in core economics courses, the project proposal and potential relevant professional experience or publications. Good English language skills are also important.

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 in Economics, 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, for instance, include teaching.

Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme in Economics would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme (the 4+4 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 300 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.


Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 1st of May, 2020 through the electronic application system, which you access through the below link.

Applications should include the following enclosures:

Project abstract, Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters.
Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
Project description (recommended no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography)
Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)
Time schedule
Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)
A short project proposal (3-4 pages) outlining two research ideas (this is only used to evaluate the research maturity of applicants, and is not binding in any way afterwards)
List of publications (if any)

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.

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.

Application process

On the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences you will find a time schedule for the application process, and information about enclosures to include with your electronic application:… (in English) and (in Danish)

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Economics disciplines.
Performance (grades obtained) in relevant courses.
Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal.

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

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.

Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.

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