PhD Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and Psychology, Sociology, Political science

    PhD Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and Psychology, Sociology, Political science

    PhD Scholarship in Entrepreneurship and Social Support Online, at the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    June 15, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD Position
    No. of Position(s)1
    Research Area– Entrepreneurship
    – Psychology
    – Sociology
    – Political science
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management
    University of Southern Denmark
    Contract Period3 Years
    Starting dateOct 01, 2021


    The project requires a good understanding of quantitative methods, good communication skills both oral and in writing, and an analytical mind-set. Potential candidates are therefor expected to have a relevant MSc degree within one of following: entrepreneurship, psychology, sociology, political science or alike with a passion for translating your knowledge into the field of entrepreneurship and social networks.


    The PhD Scholarship is part of the larger project “Support exchange: The effect on entrepreneurs’ performance in an uncontrollable online world” funded by the Carlsberg Foundation (see here for more details). In the project, you will be part of a research group with a primary focus on entrepreneurs and their social networks.

    The purpose of the project is to examine how online social support influences cognition and mental well-being of individual entrepreneurs. We know that social support to entrepreneurs from their networks has important influences on entrepreneurial behavior, mental well-being and performance (e.g. Treffers et al. 2018) – but the phenomenon has mostly been studied in an offline world with no special attention given to the influence of online social support. Social support is defined as the resources people obtain from social interactions and is often divided into an instrumental and emotional dimension (Kim et al., 2013). However, as interactions are becoming more online, we lack understanding of how social support unfolds, functions and impacts entrepreneurs on online social media platforms (Olanrewaju et al, 2020). Online presence increases stress levels as entrepreneurs are exposed to new types of (negative) social support and therefore new challenges are experienced – with potential consequences for mental well-being (Stephan, 2018), cognition and performance.

    How to Apply?

    Applications must be submitted electronically using the link “Apply online”. Uploaded files must be in Adobe PDF (unlocked) or Word format. Each field can only contain a single file of max. 10 Mb.

    Documents Required

    • Detailed CV, including personal contact information
    • A certified copy of your master’s degree certificate including all examination results
    • A research proposal/description of your approach to the above project (max three pages excluding references)
    • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (max. two pages) (please combine the letter together with the application form and attach this under the box “Application form”)


    Your employment as a Salaried PhD Research Fellow is governed by the agreement of 10 November 2015 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on PhD Research Fellows. The scholarship runs for three years.


    Associate Professor Mette Søgaard Nielsen

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