PhD Scholarships in Journalism Studies, Media Language or Public Administration

Do you want a research education as a salaried and institutionally supported PhD student? The Department of Political Science and Public Management at the University of Southern Denmark invites applications for one or more PhD scholarships focussing on either Journalism Studies/Media Language or Public Administration as of August 1, 2019 or as agreed. As a PhD Student, you will be affiliated with the Centre for Journalism or the Department’s Public Administration Section. For more information about the department organisation, research, and teaching, please visit the website.

The ideal applicant and PhD project proposal

To qualify for a PhD scholarship, you must have a high academic level and be able to outline an original research project. The project is individual, but it should be related to the ongoing research in the relevant unit (see below). We are looking for candidates possessing personal qualities such as curiosity and a strong desire to understand and solve societal challenges. You must be able work independently and, in consultation with the PhD supervisor, prioritize the different aspects of your work. Finally, you are expected to have good interpersonal skills, be interested in engaging with the national and international research community (your supervisor and the department will support you in this), be present and take part in the daily academic and social environments at SDU.

When applying, you must enclose a project proposal as well as a motivated suggestion for a possible supervisor. When preparing these documents, you are strongly advised to consider the research profile and the staff of the relevant unit. Please also consult the general guidelines for preparing a project proposal at the PhD School’s webpage.

We are looking for applicants within the fields of journalism studies/media language and public administration. We will only consider applicants within other fields in extraordinary cases.

The Centre for Journalism employs around 25 people – incl. journalistic lectures, researchers, and administrative staff. It offers courses in a wide range of study programmes and has special responsibility for the department’s three journalistic bachelor and master programmes. The Centre ranks among the world’s strongest research groups within the areas of journalism and political communication, and an important part of the Centre’s research focuses on journalistic language usage and rhetorical praxis with a strong emphasis on the practical relevance and applicability of the research results. The main goal is to contribute to developing a more science-based journalistic language praxis. For more information about the centre please visit the website.

The Public Administration section aims to improve management and organization in the public sector. We conduct high-quality research and provide relevant and useful knowledge to a wide variety of societal actors, e.g. students, public administrators, and decision makers. Thematically, the section covers a range of sub-fields, e.g. management and leadership, organization and structure, economy, innovation, personnel policy and HR practices, incentive structures and employees’ behaviour, autonomy and ethics in public organizations. The section offers courses in a wide range of study programmes and has special responsibility for the teaching in the department’s two executive master programmes. For more information about the section, please see the website.

The department believes in fostering a stimulating and inspiring environment for both faculty members and students. The department’s ambition is therefore to recruit, develop, and retain talented scholars committed to both academic excellence and departmental development.

Furthermore, the department aims to employ staff that reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Requirements and programme structure

As a PhD student you will follow an individual PhD plan including course work, conference participation, and teaching. PhD Students typically spend one semester at another research institution, often abroad. The scholarship carries a monthly salary including pension plus office facilities and financial support for conference travels and research visits abroad. Conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

If selected for the position(s), you will be enrolled in the PhD programme in Political Science, Journalism, or Social Sciences. Applications are invited from candidates with a master’s degree (the 5+3 programme). Candidates who, in addition to their bachelor’s degree, expect to have passed 60 ECTS of their master’s programme by February 1, 2019, are invited to apply for a PhD scholarship within the 4+4 programme.

A 5+3 PhD programme spans over three years (fully salaried) while the 4+4 programme runs for a period of four years. If enrolled in the 4+4 programme, your will be enrolled in the PhD programme and the master’s programme parallel to each other. During this period, the pay will consist of the Danish Student Allowance (SU)—if you are entitled to it—and a supplementary salary for job assignments. After completing the master’s degree, you will enter a fully salaried PhD scholarship for the remaining two years. Employment as a salaried PhD student is governed by the agreement of October 1, 2008 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5—protocol on PhD Research Fellows.

For further information about the PhD programme, please contact PhD coordinator, Professor WSR, David Hopmann, tel. +45 6550 2464, e-mail

For further information about the Centre for Journalism, please contact Head of Centre, Professor WSR Peter Bro tel. +45 6550 2801, e-mail

For further information about the Public Administration Section, please contact Head of Section, Associate Professor Signe Pihl-Thingvad tel. +45 6550 2281, e-mail

Application and assessment process

An application must include:

  • Application form
  • A project proposal of no more than 12,000 characters in total, including spaces, notes, appendices, bibliography etc. The project description must be anonymized, i.e. it may not reveal your name or identity in any way. The total number of characters including spaces of the project description must be stated on the first page of the project description.
  • An abstract for the above project description of no more than 250 words, to be submitted on a separate sheet/page.
  • A short statement with a motivated suggestion who among the academic staff at the Department of Political Science and Public Management could be your PhD supervisor, to be submitted on a separate sheet/page.
  • A detailed CV (max 2 pages)
  • A copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results. In case of a possible 4+4 enrolment, a copy of your bachelor’s degree certificate and a transcript of you master’s level examination results must be included.
  • Information on experience with teaching, dissemination, or scientific publication, if applicable.
  • Reference letters are not needed.

All documents in languages other than Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English, or German must be translated into English. The project proposal, project abstract, CV, and the motivated suggestion for a supervisor must be written in English, Danish, Norwegian, or Swedish.

If you do not adhere to the above-mentioned specifications, your application may be rejected without further assessment. The department reserves the right to arrive at a decision solely based on the material submitted.

Shortlisting may be used in the assessment process;
Shortlisted applications will be assessed by an internal committee. The project description is assessed anonymously to avoid any unconscious bias. When the assessment committee has submitted its report, you will be emailed the part of the evaluation that concerns yourself and you will know if you are deemed qualified for the position or not. The assessment report is subsequently forwarded to the Head of Department who assembles an appointment committee and determines if one or more of the qualified applicants should be invited to a job interview. The appointment committee will manage and complete job interviews and advise the Head of Department on which candidate(s) should be offered appointment.

Applications must be submitted electronically no later than 01/03/2019, using the link below. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format.

Read the guideline for applicants

Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 MB.

Send application
Deadline 2019-Mar-01

You can apply for the job at Faculty of Business and Social Sciences by completing the application form


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