The application procedure for an advertised vacant scholarship is described below. All applications should be submitted online.

Enrolment in the PhD programme at CBS takes place through the CBS PhD School. The enrollment procedures are different for the four “schemes” (research fellow, independent PhD student, industrial PhD fellow). Read more about the Industrial Phd programme here. Independent PhD students generally follow the procedure described below, after an agreement on funding has been reached.

Application procedure

The application should be submitted online as indicated in the vacancy advertisement, and must include the following:

  • Copy of diplomas/transcripts
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • List of written works
  • Sample of a written work (e.g. master’s thesis)
  • Brief project description (approximately five pages).

Together with the diploma/transcripts and CV, the project description is the most important basis for assessing the application. It describes the research project that will form the core of the PhD programme.
The project description may not exceed five pages and should include the following:

  • a brief explanation of the aims of the project
  • an explanation of the issue and the hypotheses that will be worked with
  • a positioning of the project in the research field of the doctoral school
  • a description of the “state-of-the-art" research within the project’s research field
  • an explanation of the theories to be included
  • an explanation of the methods to be used
  • an indication of the project’s potential contribution to scientific development
  • a work plan (brief), which describes the main phases in the project.

The project description should be written in such a way that it would be informative to a researcher in the field, to which the project belongs. It should thus not be written in popular terms. Of course, the project description should not assume that the applicant knows the answers to the questions posed, but precisely reflect the fact that it is about a research project. It should be shown that in all probability it will be possible within the framework of a PhD programme to contribute to a solution or clarification of the research questions. The project must have a clear focus, and this should be reflected in the project description. The project should be written in concise technical language – English may be used – and both its content and form will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the project and the applicant.

The assessment procedure

The applications are checked to ensure that all formalities are in order. The applicants are then assessed by a committee consisting of two associate professors who prepare a written assessment. This assessment is sent to the PhD Committee for final assessment. On the basis of the PhD committee’s assessment, it will be decided who should be offered the advertised vacant PhD scholarship.

Assessment criteria

The assessment committee will assess, whether the project has research quality and whether the applicant seems capable of carrying out the project. In connection with this, the CV and diploma/transcripts will be examined.

For enrolment in the 3-year PhD programme: At the time of enrolment, the applicant must have completed an academically relevant master degree according to the Bologna process (3-year bachelor degree (180 ECTS points) and 2-year master degree (120 ECTS points)) or equivalent qualifications. Equivalent qualifications can be other study activities at master level. Corresponding qualifications, including especially foreign study programmes, may be assessed to be equivalent to the specified requirements. Foreign degrees may be sent to the Ministry of Higher Education and Science for assessment of the degree’s equivalence to a Danish degree at the same level.

The applicant must also meet the minimum grade requirements. The minimum grade requirements are a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for the entire programme (i.e. for both the bachelor and master studies) or alternatively a grade point average of 9.5 for the master degree. For both options, at least the grade 10 on the Danish 7-point grading scale for any final thesis or equivalent examination project must be obtained. If the applicant does not strictly meet the minimum grade requirements, a dispensation from these rules can be granted by the head of school, if the assessment committee at the department evaluating the application package provides sufficient reasons why the applicant has nevertheless sufficient academic qualifications to complete the PhD studies successfully.



The page was last edited by: PhD Support // 02/23/2022