28 International Students Talent PhD Positions at University of Copenhagen in Denmark, 2018

Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

The University of Copenhagen invites applications for 28 PhD positions within the Doctoral Programme, TALENT at the Faculty of Science.


Degree Level: Positions to study PhD programme


The 28 PhD fellowships are in the following fields:
Biodiversity; biological sciences and bioinformatics; chemical sciences; computer sciences; earth and planetary systems sciences; environment, climate and sustainability; food sciences; health and genomics; mathematical sciences, statistics & economics; nano and materials sciences; natural science education; nutrition and sports; particle physics, astro physics and cosmology; plant sciences and biotechnology; quantum sciences and technology; ressource economics and global development.

Host Country: Denmark

Number of Scholarships: 28

Duration: 3 years


The Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND rules stipulate a minimum monthly salary of EUR 2,597 (EUR 31,164 pr. year), of which H2020/MSCA/COFUND covers EUR 1,855 (EUR 22,260 pr. year). As is outlined below, SCIENCE complies fully with these rules.
The position is covered by the Memorandum on Job Structure for Academic Staff.
Terms of appointment and payment accord to the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Danish Confederation of Professional Associations on Academics in the State. This means that the starting yearly salary is currently at a minimum EUR 43,094 (DKK 321,054) including annual supplement (+ pension up to EUR 7,003 (DKK 52,175)). Negotiation for salary supplement is possible.
Any potential employment offer is contingent on the successful applicants being enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year PhD Programme at SCIENCE, which means that the mentioned applicants will be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at SCIENCE’s PhD school. Another condition is that the successful applicants obtain any permits (e.g. pertaining to residence and work), which are mandatory by law.

Eligible Countries: International students


In order to be eligible for the TALENT Doctoral Programme, applicants:
  1. May not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to TALENT’s call deadline: 1 October 2018. Time spent on obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  2. Must at the TALENT call deadline (1 October 2018) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  3. Must hold a relevant MSc degree at the time of applying. However, candidates, who do not hold an MSc degree, are also considered eligible if their credentials and CV equal those achieved on an MSc. This could be in the form of five years of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education OR four years of full-time undergraduate education combined with relevant courses, fieldwork, scientific publications or conducted research (these aspects must be documented by uploading additional documents as part of the CV). The background is that applicants awarded a TALENT doctoral fellowship must be enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year PhD programme at SCIENCE. To this end, the entry requirements as defined by SCIENCE’s PhD School have to be respected.
Please carefully read the detailed description of the eligibility and admissibility criteria and the additional requirements, incl. the use of mandatory templates, for applying in the TALENT Guide for Applicants and on the TALENT website.
Selection criteria 
The selection process includes four steps of evaluation:
  1. Eligibility and admissibility checks
  2. Pre-selection at department level (internal review incl. online interviews)
  3. Expert/international review (done remotely)
  4. Final selection of candidates.
Applicants will be judged on professional merits, scientific and technological quality of the proposed project, feasibility of the implementation and the potential impact of the proposed project. The review process takes into consideration the whole range of experience of the candidate. While focusing on their overall potential as researchers, their creativity and level of independence will also be considered. International and intersectorial experience will be seen positively in the evaluation. The selection criteria are weighted and fall into three defined areas:
  • Excellence (weight: 50%) of which the scientific and innovative quality of the proposal (weight: 25%) and the applicant (weight: 25%)
  • Impact (weight: 30%)
  • Implementation (weight: 20%)
For more information about the evaluation process, please refer to the TALENT Evaluation Guide.
English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in English.


The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking ONLINE APPLICATION below.
The application must include the following:
  1. Cover/motivation letter
  2. Project description incl. ethics assessment form
  3. Prioritized CV incl. publications
  4. Declaration of mobility
  5. Documentation of academic degrees obtained: diplomas must be in English or an officially approved translation must be included.
  6. Copy of English test score sheet at the time of applying (for applicants with English as their second language).
  7. Two recommendation letters (max. 1 page of 2,500 characters each): one should be from the master thesis supervisor (if applicable), or other senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with.

Mandatory templates for items 1-4 are available for download on the dedicated TALENT website.



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