PhD Scholarship in Science and Innovation Policy at CBS in USA

Deadline: 1 September 2018
Open to: international students
Scholarship: fully funded


The Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School invites applications for a vacant Ph.D. scholarship within the field of STS and organization studies. The scholarship is part of the collaborative research project “Isomorphic differences: familiarity and distinctiveness in national science and innovation policies” funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (project description available upon request). The scholarship has a special focus on current US science and innovation policy, organizational initiatives and patterns of implementation. They are interested in PhD projects that: study this topic from a sociology of science and technology (STS) or organization studies perspective; conduct comparative analysis of policy documents, institutional structures and initiatives, policy statements and the views of key actors; investigate a selected “big science” collaboration in the US; help explore the similarities and differences between US science and innovation policy and those of China and Denmark. The scholarship requires the candidate to conduct empirical fieldwork in the US, but also willing to stay for the main part of the scholarship in the Copenhagen area.
Department of Organization (IOA) pursues a problem-oriented, business in society approach to understanding and intervening in organizations and institutions. Our research is driven by an interest in the organization as a practical, situated, contested and changing matter. The approach is interdisciplinary and combines social-scientific traditions such as organization theory, sociology, science and technology studies, political economy, and social psychology in the analysis of organizing processes and their outcomes.
The teaching responsibilities associated with the scholarship comprise undergraduate teaching and supervision in subjects such as organization theory, organizational analysis, and qualitative methodology.
The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities.
The three-year Ph.D. programme at CBS allows candidates to conduct research under the supervision of CBS professors, supported by research training courses. The programme is highly international, and you are expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting Ph.D. student. See the CBS homepage for more information about the Ph.D. programme,


  • This scholarship is available for international students;
  • To be considered, the candidate should have a basic training at the Masters level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process);
  • An educational background in the social sciences is necessary;
  • The applicant must have successfully completed the Master’s degree before commencing Ph.D. at CBS;
  • The applicants must be fluent in English.


  • A Ph.D. scholarship runs for a period of 3 years and includes teaching obligations equivalent of ½ year’s work (840 work hours);
  • The scholarships are fully salaried positions, according to the national Danish collective agreement;
  • The scholarship includes the tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with per month app. DKK 23.770 (app. 3,160 EUR) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 EUR) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totaling 17,1 % of 85 percent of the base salary.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

The application also must include:

  • A project description (max. 5 pages): This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and research methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan in the form of a Gantt Chart, and finally a brief outline of how the project would fit within the framework of the collaborative research project;
  • Copies of a Master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level;
  • Brief curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A list of papers and publications;
  • One copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis);
  • Documentation for English language skills if English is not the mother tongue.

For more information, please visit the official web page.