PhD Scholarship at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies: “Follow Me”

The Department of Arts and Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is inviting applications for 1 three-year PhD scholarship starting on 1 February 2023.

The successful candidate will become a member of the research project ”Follow Me: The Influence of Danish Digital Media Creators”, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark. Please see the project website for more information about the project:

Applicants are requested to situate their proposed PhD project both within the research project’s overall research questions, and within the work package of data practices (WPIII). Applicants are asked to draft an independent PhD project that contributes to the ”Follow Me: The Influence of Danish Digital Media Creators” project’s goals and aims.


PhD studies consist of research programmes that qualify students for independent and wide-ranging research, development and teaching at international level. The main emphasis is on PhD students organising and conducting their own research project (under supervision). The programme culminates in the submission of a PhD thesis, which the student must defend in public. The programme is prescribed to 180 ECTS points, corresponding to three years of full-time studies.

A PhD opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. As well as writing a thesis, PhD students work in active research environments in Denmark and abroad. They contribute to the academic environment, take research training courses and convey the results of their research in teaching, at academic conferences and to the general public.

Qualification requirements

Applicants must have a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent and, as a minimum, have submitted a Master’s thesis for which they have received pre-approval at the time of application.

The qualifications of applicants with non-Danish Master’s degrees will be assessed to ascertain whether they correspond to the Danish level. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education and


Applicants must possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high level. As much of the data gathering involves Danish digital media creators, applicants are expected to be able to communicate in Danish, Swedish or Norwegian.

Applicants are expected to have a strong educational background within disciplines relevant to the ”Follow Me: The Influence of Danish Digital Media Creators” project – particularly within humanities or social sciences. The successful candidate will be part of a dynamic research team and the candidate must thrive in such an interdisciplinary research environment. The successful candidate will be expected to take part in the research team’s activities, and contribute to the development of the overall research project. As the applicant will mainly be working on the work package on data practices (WPIII), the candidate is expected to collect qualitative data (such as digital ethnography, interviews and observations) on Danish digital media creators. Applicants are asked to include this empirical / qualitative data dimension as a central part in their project description. Additionally, familiarity or previous experience (theoretical or practical) with content-creator/influencer environments will be an advantage.


All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply for the position” at the bottom of the page.

The application must include:

  • Project abstract
    (max.1,200 characters, including spaces, not including bibliography
  • Personal statement (max. one page)
    In their personal statements, applicants are encouraged to:
    • describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the PhD programme​​​​​​​
  • CV
    Applications must be accompanied by a CV ( page) and a list of publications, if relevant.
  • Documentation (diplomas and transcripts)
    Applicants must upload the following:
    • A copy of their Master’s degree diploma or similar (if this is not available by the application deadline, applicants must include pre-approval of their Master’s thesis)
    • A copy of their Master’s degree transcript
    • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma
    • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript.
    • Applicants with a degree from a university where the working language is not English or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcriptsverified by the issuing university. These documents must be translated into English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. An official description of the grading scale (and a diploma supplement where relevant) must also be attached.
  • ​​​​​​​Project description
    Applications must include a detailed project description covering the research question, overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable (max. five pages/12,000 characters, incl. spaces, excl. bibliography). Applicants who anticipate incurring extraordinary expenses (related to questionnaires, fieldwork, extended stay(s) abroad, equipment, etc.) must include brief comments about this in their project description. Guidelines and good advice on project descriptions are available here.
  • Other relevant material
    Statements of consent, e.g. regarding access to special archives and approval of studies abroad, may be submitted along with the applications. It is not necessary to include commitments from supervisors.Please do not upload or submit recommendations, publications, theses, etc.

For further information about the structure and rules of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD Administration at Søndre and City Campus, e-mail:

If you have any questions about the academic content of the PhD programme, please e-mail the PhD coordinator at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Frederik Tygstrup,

Assessment criteria

The following criteria are applied when assessing PhD applications:

  • The quality, originality and feasibility of the PhD project
  • Research qualifications, as reflected in the attached CV and project description
  • Competencies and knowledge of relevant fields of academic research
  • Level (grades obtained) during Bachelor’s and Master’s studies.

The recruitment process

After the deadline for applications, the Head of Department considers advice from the Appointment Committee and then selects applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been shortlisted. After this, the Head of Department sets up an expert Assessment Committee to assess the shortlisted applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. Individual applicants will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced. The assessments are expected to be completed by 15 December 2022.

For further information about the application procedure, please refer to the University of Copenhagen website:


It is a prerequisite for employment that successful applicants enrol at the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

For further information about the structure of the PhD programme, please refer to:

For further information about the guidelines for PhD studies at UCPH, please refer to:

Remuneration and terms of employment

The successful candidate will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law

The starting salary is currently at app. DKK 27,000 per month, including a PhD supplement, plus app. 17% pension. Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

The deadline for applications is 13 November 2022, at 23:59 CET

Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered. However, changes may be made to the submitted application right up until the deadline.