PhD Scholarships in Economic Behaviour and Inequality
University of Copenhagen Department of Economics

PhD scholarships at Center for Economic Behaviour and Inequality (CEBI) at the Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen

CEBI invites applications for PhD scholarships. Enrolment will be at the Faculty of Social Sciences under Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences.

Employment is expected to begin September 1st, 2021.


CEBI is a Center of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation. The main goal of CEBI is to provide cutting-edge research on the role of behavior in generating inequality and its underlying sources. The focus is on empirical research and on exploiting the globally unique Danish data research infrastructure that enables CEBI members to combine various population administrative registers with information about individuals’ background, choices and outcomes, and to combine these data with information about behavioral characteristics obtained from large-scale controlled experiments and surveys. CEBI combines several fields and methods: Public Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics, Behavioral Economics, Household Finance, Political Economics, Microeconometrics, Experimental and Survey Methods and Structural Modelling.

CEBI is looking for excellent new PhD students who have competencies in these fields, and are interested in doing empirical research on economic behaviour and inequality.

The current group includes 14 senior researchers, 13 junior researchers, 11 PhD students, 7 research assistants and 7 international members from New York University, Pompeu Fabra University, Princeton University and University of Zürich.

For further information about CEBI see

Recruitment event

CEBI organizes a recruitment event Thursday April 8th, 2021 at 4pm to 5:15pm on Zoom via this link:

The event will include a presentation of CEBI followed by a Q&A session.

Further information about the event can be found on

Duties and Responsibilities

Further information about the PhD study programme is available on the website of Copenhagen Graduate School of Social Sciences:

Under "Legal basis" on the website you will find information about the rules and guidelines for the PhD programme and the Danish Ministerial Order on the PhD programme at the Universities.

Information about the PhD study programme is also available on the PhD website of the Department of Social Sciences:

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the research strategy and the ongoing research at the Department before submitting their application. Further information can be found:

Job description

PhD students are expected to:

  • Participate in research groups working on various research projects at CEBI
  • Write scientific articles that are included in the PhD thesis of the applicant
  • Attend PhD courses
  • Participate in congresses/workshops/seminars
  • Teach and disseminate your research
  • Visit another international research institution for at least a few months
  • Work for CEBI
  • Be supervised by a senior core CEBI member


We seek candidates with a strong academic background in Economics. In the assessment of the candidate’s qualifications, emphasis will be on grade performance in core economics courses, the project proposal and potential relevant professional experience or publications. Good English language skills are also important.

Scholarship in the 5+3 or in the 4+4 PhD study programme

The positions are available for a 3-year period (for applicants holding a master degree in Economics), a 4-year period (under the so-called 4+4 model for applicants holding a BSc degree, and who have also completed one year of master level studies at the time of employment), or a 5-years period (for applicants holding a bachelor degree in Economics under the so-called 3+5 model).

In order to be awarded a PhD scholarship the applicant has to enrol as a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences, cf. the rules of the Danish Ministerial order No 1039 of 27 August 2013.

The 5+3 PhD study programme

In order to be eligible for a scholarship in the 5+3 PhD study programme, the applicant must have completed a two year MSc degree programme in Economics, or have earned 120 ECTS credits at an equivalent academic level before starting his or her employment. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 year period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can, for instance, include teaching.

The 4+4 PhD study programme

Students who have completed a BSc plus 60 ECTS of an MSc degree programme in Economics would enrol as PhD students simultaneously with their enrolment in the MSc degree programme. Applicants should check the study programmes for more detailed descriptions of the entry requirements. Until an MSc degree is obtained, the grant is paid partly in the form of up to 48 state education grant portions (in Danish: SU-klip). More specifically the PhD student will be paid two grant portions per month plus salary for work (teaching, presentations etc.) which totals a workload of at least 300 hours. Payment and conditions of employment are carried out in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Upon completion of the MSc degree the student is transferred to the salary-earning part of the PhD studies.

The 3+5 PhD study programme

Students in the 3+5 scheme are simultaneously enrolled in the Master's programme and the PhD programme after obtaining their Bachelor’s degree, and they would normally be expected to complete their Master’s after three years. They will receive one grant portion through the Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme each month for the first two year of the programme, and two portions each month during the third year. One state education grant is DKK. 6.321 before taxes. By the end of these three years they must complete your Master’s degree, and they will transfer to the two year salary earning part of the programme.

How to apply

Submit a complete application at our online portal. Click on the “Apply for position” icon at the bottom of the page to apply. The documents must be in Adobe PDF or Word.

Applications should include the following enclosures:

  • CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts of all relevant course work
  • A short project proposal (3-4 pages) outlining two research ideas (this is only to be used for evaluating the research maturity of applicants, but does not necessarily reflect the research to be done if admitted into the programme)
  • List of publications (if any)

The recruitment process

After the expiry of the deadline for applications, the authorized recruitment manager selects applicants for assessment on the advice of the Appointments Committee. All applicants are then immediately notified whether their application has been passed for assessment by an expert assessment committee.

The following criteria are used when shortlisting candidates for assessment:

  1. Qualifications and knowledge in relevant Economics disciplines
  2. Performance (grades obtained) in relevant courses
  3. Research qualifications as reflected in the project proposal

Selected applicants are notified of the composition of the assessment committee, and each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the part of the assessment that relates to the applicant him/herself. You can read about the recruitment process at

An Equal Opportunity Workplace

The University of Copenhagen is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to creating an inclusive working environment and therefore encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of personal background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity etc. For more on the diverse working place environment at the University and the University’s participation in the HRS4R HR Excellence in Research, see

International applicant?

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:

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact CEBI administrator, Tine Ceccardi, email: or Professor and Director of CEBI, Claus Thustrup Kreiner, email:

Information about the recruitment process is available from Pernille Lykke Paulsen, HR, e-mail:, please refer to ID number: 211-0703/21-2H #1

The closing date for applications is 3rd of May 2021.

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into account.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 03-05-2021
Employment start: 01-09-2021
Department/Location: Økonomisk Institut
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