Political science PhD programs – UCPH, Denmark

    Political science PhD programs - UCPH, Denmark

    Political science PhD programs in “Political Representation in a Digital Age”, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

    Deadline to Apply

    May 03, 2021 (23: 59 GMT +1)


    PositionPhD scholarship
    No. of Position(s)One
    Research Area– Political science
    – Social data science
    – Sociology
    – Psychology
    – Economics
    – Anthropology
    ScholarshipAccording to standard norms
    WorkplaceDepartment of Political Science
    University of Copenhagen
    Contract Period3 Years


    Preferred applicants must have a background in political science, social data science, sociology, psychology, economics, anthropology or a related field. They should have an interest in questions related to political representation, interest groups, public opinion and/or public policy. 


    We are looking for a candidate with strong analytical skills and proven methodological qualifications in the collection, processing and analysis of large n data (possibly also social media data). We value candidates that demonstrate an ability to contribute to and enrich the core components of the existing research project as well as intellectual independence. The successful candidate must have strong English language skills but does not need to know Danish


    The suggested project should speak to the broader theme of “Political Representation in a Digital Age” and be linked to the overall project. At the same time, there is room to design the project so that it makes an individual contribution. The PhD candidate is offered full membership of the project team. S/he will participate in team meetings of the ADVODID project, attend research events in Denmark and aboard and be involved in disseminating findings from the project to the wider public. S/he will write both single and co-authored publications and is also likely to contribute to the data collection of the wider project. In addition, the PhD candidate is expected to participate actively in the vibrant academic community and social life at the department of political science e.g. by attending seminars, lectures, and reading groups.

    How to Apply?

    The application must be submitted electronically, using the ‘Apply now’ button above

    Documents Required

    • Project abstract. Please fill in the project abstract in the application form. Must not exceed 1.200 characters
    • Cover Letter detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project 
    • A shorter project description outlining ideas for research that you would be interested in pursuing during your PhD project (recommended no more than 12,000 keystrokes not including bibliography). The proposed research should examine political representation in a digital age and link to the broader project. A final PhD project plan is not necessary at this stage but can be completed during the first part of the PhD
    • CV including the names and contact details of two referees that can be contacted to write a reference for you in case you are shortlisted
    • Diploma and transcripts of records (BSc and MSc)   
    • Preliminary time schedule 
    • Preliminary budget
    • Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications, documentation of English language qualifications (if any)

    Please note that it is only possible to upload one document per attachment category. If more than one document has to be uploaded in the same category, please make sure that they are scanned and merged in one file.  

    About the Project

    ADVODID will implement the first large-scale quantitative project designed to provide rich correlational and causal evidence on the effects of advocacy on citizens and policymakers, in both online and offline settings. It sets out to address – theoretically and empirically – the potentials and challenges for modern democracies that arise from digital advocacy tools. Its novelty lies in analyzing the use, impact and democratic consequences of digital advocacy strategies by assessing interactions of advocacy groups with both citizens and political representatives in a diverse set of eight political systems. ADVODID will collect data on the advocacy agenda and strategy use of carefully sampled advocates in these countries, and will assess agenda congruence with political and public agendas, and their dynamic development over time. Correlational analyses of different measures of advocacy success will be complemented by field experiments in cooperation with advocates in two countries, to supply causal evidence on how advocacy affects the positions and actions of policymakers and citizens. The project’s rich datasets will be used to assess and refine theories of democratic representation and the role of digital advocacy across different types of policy issues.


    The University of Copenhagen offers a broad variety of services for international researchers and accompanying families, including support before and during your relocation and career counselling to expat partners. Please find more information about these services as well as information on entering and working in Denmark here: https://ism.ku.dk/


    Professor Anne Rasmussen
    E-mail: ar@ifs.ku.dk

    Pernille Lykke Paulsen, HR
    E-mail: hrsc@hrsc.ku.dk,

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    PhD scholarship on “Political Representation in a Digital Age” in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

    Post expires at 8:59am on Tuesday May 4th, 2021 (GMT+9)