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Fully Funded Faculty of Law PhD Scholarships - University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Fully Funded Faculty of Law PhD Scholarships – Denmark

  • University of Copenhagen
  • Fully Funded
  • Denmark
  • Law
  • International Students
  • January 21, 2021

Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD Scholarships at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


The Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen hereby announces a number of fully funded PhD scholarships to commence in September 2021.

The goal of the PhD Programme is threefold: to prepare candidates for a continuing career in teaching and research; to educate a new generation of scholars to produce high-quality independent research; and to equip them with the analytical and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in both the public and private sectors.   

The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment. 

The Faculty of Law welcomes both original project proposals and proposals for PhD projects falling within the framework projects of the Research Centres. PhD topics of particular interest to the each Research Centre are described on the individual Research Centre’s website.
Please find the Research Centres listed here:

Successful PhD candidates are required to:  

  • Actively engage in the research environment at the University of Copenhagen; participate in international conferences, courses and meetings relevant to their research project
  • Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme
  • Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish or English offered by the Faculty of Law 
  • Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a senior member of academic staff at the Faculty

Joint PhD programme in cooperation with the University of Iceland

The Faculty of Law has a joint PhD programme in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Iceland. Applicants interested in the Joint PhD Programme are kindly asked to state that they apply for the joint PhD programme when submitting the application. Please find more information here


Successful applicants 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 and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation. 


To be eligible for Fully Funded Faculty of Law PhD Scholarships:

  • Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws or equivalent qualifications.  Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale (for Danish scale, see here) as well as a master’s thesis graded at 10 points or higher (or equivalent for applicants with a foreign educational background).
  • Applicants may submit their application before they have completed their Master’s degree however, they should have submitted the final evaluation for their course before 1 June 2021. 
  • Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis. 
  • Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in Danish or English and to follow PhD courses in English. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test. More information is available here:  


Applicants for Fully Funded Faculty of Law PhD Scholarships are required to submit:

  • Research project proposal. The project proposal should not exceed 6 A4 pages (excluding bibliography). The document must be in Times New Roman, font size 12, spacing 1.5 with all margins (right, left, top and bottom) set to 2 cm.
  • Time schedule
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages). 
  • Diplomas and transcripts. Certified copies of original diploma(s) and transcripts (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) in the original language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other language than English or Danish. 
  • Grading scale. A certified explanation of grading scale in the original language and an authorized English translation if it is available in other language than English or Danish. 
  • Supervisor. The name of a member of academic staff whom you wish to have assigned as your supervisor. You do not need to contact the supervisor but simply make a request in your application. 
  • Letter of motivation.  Explaining the choice of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen as a host institution for the proposed project and outlines how the project fits within the research priorities at the Faculty (maximum 1 page). 
  • Documentation of English level. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.   

Submit your application electronically in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.   


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