Copenhagen Business School
PhD Scholarship in Chinese Studies
Copenhagen Business School
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Ansøgningsfrist: May 15
Beliggenhed: Frederiksberg, Denmark
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PhD Scholarship in Chinese Studies

Copenhagen Business School and the Department of International Economics and Management invite applications for a vacant PhD scholarship within the field of China Studies. The PhD position is funded by the Sino-Danish Center (SDC) secretariat.

Core research areas of the Department of International Economics and Management are 1) International Business, 2) Emerging Markets, 3) Asia Studies, and 4) Corporate Governance. It is the ambition of the Department to be in the international frontline in these research areas; to publish our research results in leading international journals; to have an excellent research environment; to seek synergy between research and teaching, and to have a strong partnership with the business community.

The PhD proposal must target the intersection of International Business and China Studies and have an empirical focus on China’s central and provincial state owned enterprise (SOE) sector. In order to support the nature and quality of this type of study, although not required, it is an advantage that the candidate can demonstrate language skills in Chinese.

Examples of research areas that such a scholarship might cover are:

  • Chinese SOE governance, institutional pressures and political control in China
  • Management decision-making in Chinese SOEs
  • Economic and political incentives for promotion of SOE executives in China, 
  • The role of SOEs in Chinese economic reform and overseas investment policies

The Department will give priority to applicants with high grades from their universities. This requirement includes the minimum grade of a weighted grade point average of at least 8.2 on the Danish 7-point grading scale or 9 on the 13-point scale for the entire program (i.e. for both the Bachelor's and Master's studies), and at least the grade of 10 for any final thesis or examination project.

The three-year PhD programme at CBS allows you 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 PhD student. Please go to the CBS homepage for more information about the PhD programme, .

It is also required that the applicant shows an interest in joining the Department’s research environment, please go to  
CBS PhD graduates are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions but also in government and business where their research qualifications are increasingly demanded. One third of CBS PhD graduates are employed outside universities and public research institutions.

Copenhagen Business School has a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness and relevance of its teaching and research programmes. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organisation of this type (highlighting, for example, relevant business, educational and dissemination activities).

For this position, there are in addition a number of specific requirements:

The PhD position is funded by SDC and thus must comply with the overall requirements of SDC ( For instance, the PhD student must spend a total of at least 12 months in China as part of a Chinese research environment associated with Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) or another approved SDC cooperation partner during the entire period of employment at CBS.

The PhD student must spend a total of at least 12 months in Denmark as part of a Danish research environment during the entire period of employment of CBS.
The PhD student must contribute to the educational activities of the Master’s programmes at SDC, Beijing.

For further information please contact:  Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard, tel.: +45 38155758, e-mail Information about CBS and the department may be found at

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organisation.

General information

A PhD 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 euro) up to DKK 28.964 (app. 3,860 euro) depending on seniority, plus a pension contribution totalling 17,1 % of 85 per cent of the base salary.

The PhD student will be enrolled at the PhD School in Economics and Management.

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 PhD at CBS. The applicants must be fluent in English.

The application (see link below) must include a 5 page project description. This research proposal should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, a presentation of the suggested empirical material as well as a work-plan.

In addition to the research proposal, the application must include copies of the Bachelor degree certificate and grades as well as Master’s degree certificate and grades or other certificates of a corresponding level, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of papers and publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g. Master’s thesis).

Recruitment procedure

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview shortly after the application deadline.

Applicants selected for assessment will be notified about the composition of the Assessment Committee and later in the process about the result of the assessment.
Once the recruitment process is completed each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Please find guidelines and further information on scholarships and the Doctoral Programme at

Closing date:  May 15, 2017

Application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below.
Copenhagen Business School must receive all application material, including all appendices (see items above), by the application deadline.

Details about Copenhagen Business School and the department are available at  

Closing date: 05/15/2017

With some 20.800 full and part-time students, 748 full-time faculty members, 239 PhD and 586 administrative staff CBS is a unique business-oriented university with a full portfolio of Bachelor, Masters, MBA/EMBA, PhD and Executive programmes delivered in English and Danish.

Our academic staff includes internationally-recognised experts in classical business disciplines as well as in philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, law, political science, information systems, culture and languages.

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