PhD Scholarships at Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline: 10 February 2012
Open to: Applicants must have an educational background that corresponds to the Danish LL.M.-degree or equivalent qualifications; attitude to scientific work
Salary: According to The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance about the salary of PhD Students, personal pension bonus


The Faculty of Law is one of eight faculties at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty carries out research, education and knowledge dissemination within the area of law. The research is partly organised in research centres and groups. The Faculty employs about 75 full time researchers and app. 43 PhD scholars as well as app. 70 administrative staff members. There are app. 400 part time instructors contributing to the teaching of app. 4.000 law students.

The Faculty of Law has a number of vacant PhD scholarships available from September 2012.

All research projects within the discipline of Legal Science are considered. However, the faculty will give priority to applications within the research areas of the Faculty´s nine research centres. Further information on the nine research centres as well as more information on the individual projects´ titles can be found on this website.

Applicants are allowed to apply for project topic within other areas of Legal Science than offered by research centres. If you wish to prepare and apply for a project topic, which is not offered please go to the heading ” Other Projects” in the link before.

The purpose of the Faculty´s PhD Programme is both to prepare the student for a continuing career in legal research and teaching and to educate highly qualified labour relevant to both the public and private sectors. The degree assures research qualifications at an international level.

The Faculty of Law, which is situated at the heart of Copenhagen, offers supervision by highly qualified legal academics, and gives you the opportunity to explore contemporary research issues in a supportive atmosphere. The Faculty of Law provides you with financial support which makes it possible for you to participate in international conferences and to develop your analytical skills in a highly professional research environment.

Job Description

During the 3-year PhD Programme you are required to

  • Participate in research environments outside the Faculty of Law – usually through study periods abroad. Take part in international conferences, courses and meetings.
  • Complete the Faculty´s PhD study Programme – some travelling including to international conferences, courses, and meetings should be expected.
  • Teach – typically bachelor or master courses.
  • Undertake independent research (making of PHD thesis) under supervision.

Employment will take place according to the agreement between The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance about the salary of PhD Students. Furthermore, there will be a personal pension bonus corresponding to the difference between the seniority increment received as a principal according to the new wage system for academics on a group contract basis and the pay of a PhD student. Normally, the scholarship cannot be extended.


  • Applicants must have an educational background that corresponds to the Danish LL.M.-degree or equivalent qualifications.
  • Students who are expecting to graduate this term and are awaiting the evaluation of their dissertation may apply.
  • Applicants must as far as possible document an aptitude for scientific work, for instance through a high assessment of their dissertations and must also be able to undertake the highly demanding task of independently writing a PhD dissertation.

How to apply?

To apply, click on the Centre you are interested in (or click on the heading “Another Projects” if you wish to apply for this) and you are right on the application form you have to fill in. Application form itself can as well be displayed here. Be prepared and have the below-mentioned documents ready to upload before you submit:

  1. A motivated application must specify the scientific reasons in favour for accepting this particular research programme at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen
  2. A Curriculum Vitae
  3. Diploma of your qualifying degree and marking transcripts (translated into English, Danish, Swedish or Norwegian)
  4. A description of the research proposal (5 to max 10 pages)
  5. Time table

If you have prepared your own individual project you are still welcome to apply, but must use the link specified for “Other Projects”.

All interested parties, regardless of personal background, are encouraged to apply. Foreign applicants must be able to present and document qualifications equivalent to a Danish Master degree before enrolment. Applicants supported by external finances must be able to document such.


If necessary, applicants are welcome to contact Head of PhD Programme, Professor, doctor juris Henrik Palmer Olsen, tel. +45 35 32 32 19 or

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