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Job: Visiting Fellowship Programme

Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH)

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is launching a new Visiting Fellowship Programme and will start accepting fellows from 2019. The ambition of the programme is to attract world-leading social scientists who want to spend up to three months in Copenhagen and collaborate with members of our faculty.

Target group of the fellowship

The programme offers both ‘junior’ and ‘senior’ fellowships:

  • Junior fellowships are targeted at relatively early career scholars with a promising research agenda compatible with research interests of UCPH faculty members.
  • Senior fellowships are targeted at merited scholars with a well-established research agenda compatible with research interest of UPCH faculty members.

For junior fellows, the requirement is a current position as assistant professor or similar, and for senior fellows a position as associate or full professor.

Fellowships can be awarded either related to research and teaching in the core disciplines of one of the five departments making up the Faculty of Social Sciences or related to interdisciplinary research and teaching that bridges two or more departments and/or disciplines.

In the period 2019 to 2021, it applies to both types of scholarships that priority will be given to scholars working in the current strategic focus areas of the Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • Social Data Science
  • Social sciences health research
  • Global security, global development and sustainable societies

Further information about the strategic focus areas can be found in the Faculty of Social Sciences' Strategic Goals 2018-22.

However, strong applicants with other focus areas may be considered as well.

Tasks associated with the fellowship

Visiting fellows are expected to participate in the academic life of the host departments and the Faculty. Specific tasks and expectations will be agreed individually with the host department, dependent on the length of the visit, the profile of the fellow, and the interests of members of UCPH faculty.

Activities associated with the fellowship typically include:

  • conducting research in collaboration with UCPH faculty members
  • developing research projects and proposals for research funding with UCPH colleagues
  • supervise and/or teaching UCPH MA and PhD students
  • disseminating research to university stakeholders

The fellowship last between one and three months.

The fellowship includes funding of costs for one return ticket from the fellow’s home to Copenhagen, accommodation during the fellowship, access to office facilities, library services etc. The fellowship does not include a salary.

The fellowship will also entail a social programme, introducing the fellows to relevant colleagues as well as to the City of Copenhagen.


Admission to the fellowship programme is by application only. 

Applicants must use the application form that can be found on this website. Please send the application to research@samf.ku.dk. The application material must include:

  • CV
  • Publication list of the applicant
  • 1-2 pages describing the planned activities during the fellowship period
  • Applicants may include letters of recommendation (optional)

The applicants should state their preferred duration and timing of the period(s) to be spent in Copenhagen. Currently, we accept applications concerning autumn 2019 and spring 2020. Applicants may also apply now for the rest of 2020 and 2021, but priority will be given to early visitors.

Applicants may contact Heads of Departments as well as the director of the Copenhagen Centre for Social Data Science (SODAS) to obtain more information about the departments and SODAS. Furthermore, applicants may contact researchers at departments and centres to discuss possible collaboration. If any contact is established this should be mentioned in the application.

Timeline for application

The programme has one annual deadline for application. The first deadline is 8 March 2019. Applicants may expect an answer during April 2019.

Contact info

For questions regarding the application form and application procedure, please contact the Faculty Secretariat at research@samf.ku.dk

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the UCPH

The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 and has 39,000 students and 9,000 employees, including 5,000 scientists.

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of six at the University of Copenhagen. The Faculty has approximately 400 staff members, 160 PhD students and 6,700 students enrolled in one of the Faculty's 6 BSc study programmes or 8 MSc study programmes taught in Danish or English. The Faculty of Social Sciences consists of five departments: economics, political science, psychology, anthropology and sociology. The five departments each manage their own degree programmes, from undergraduate to PhD levels.

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