2 December 2010

PhD scholarship in Fornaldarsaga studies

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD fellowship in connexion with the research project Stories for all times: The Icelandic Fornaldarsögur, which is funded by the Velux Foundation. The successful candidate will be affiliated with the Department of Scandinavian Research (Nordisk Forskningsinstitut), where the project is based, and will be expected to begin on 1 March 2011, the start date of the project, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The aim of the project Stories for all times is to investigate the transmission of the Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda from the middle ages onwards, where their production, dissemination and reception is mapped and analysed in relation to broader historical, social and cultural processes, and to prepare electronic editions of some of the more important and/or interesting manuscripts in which the sagas are preserved, thereby making the texts available to researchers, students and other interested parties.

A suitable PhD topic would thus be a study of the transmission of one or more of the Fornaldarsögur or of one or more of the manuscripts in which they are preserved, accompanied by an edition of the texts.

For further information please contact the project leader, M. J. Driscoll, mjd@hum.ku.dk.

Application procedure

Applicants need to hold a two-year Master's degree (120 ECTS) or the equivalent, or expect to receive such by 28 February 2011. Applicants shall have submitted their thesis at the time of application, to the extent the thesis forms part of their Master's program.

Applicants with a non-Danish Master's degree will have their degree assessed by The Danish Agency for International Education to establish, if the Master's degree is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree. More information about The Danish Agency for International Education is available at: www.studyindenmark.dk.

Employment as a PhD student occurs pursuant to the applicable rules of the Faculty of Humanities, as well as between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). Under this agreement, the PhD student is obliged - without further remuneration - to carry out allotted work to an extent corresponding to a total of 840 working hours in the case of a three-year contract. The PhD student will be working at the same department of the faculty as the supervisor. Daily presence at the department is expected.

Please note that it is normally a precondition for employment that the person in question (read: the applicant) does not already have a PhD degree. For further information please see the collective agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC) as well the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (in Danish).

Enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities' Graduate School is a precondition for employment as a PhD student. A description of the PhD study programme is available at: http://www.humanities.ku.dk/research/phd.

Applications shall be submitted via the electronic application system efond: http://www.efond.dk/ku-hum/.

Follow the link for more information regarding the use of the electronic application system efond:

The following enclosures to the application need to be submitted:

  • A certified copy of the applicant's Master's degree diploma
  • A certified copy of transcript of records
  • If the MA diploma and/or examination records are in another language than English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, please include a translation into either of these languages in your application.
  • Please note that in case you have not obtained your diploma by the application deadline; please include a certified statement from your university that declares that you have been awarded the master degree.

The translation of diplomas/certificates and transcripts must be made by or approved by either:

  • a Danish state-authorized translator and interpreter or
  • the embassy or consulate of the country where the original document was issued or where the translation was made or a Danish consulate/embassy.

All copies of original documents or translations must be certified, i.e. a public authority must have affixed its stamp and signature on each copy to confirm that the copies are identical with the documents presented as original documents. The authority thereby confirms that they are not copies of copies and may choose to watch the copying in order to be certain. The authority does not attest the authenticity of the original documents, but certifies that the photocopy is a true and accurate copy of the original.

The applicant may be asked to submit the originally certified copy of the Master's degree diploma after the application deadline.

Please note that the research proposal must not exceed 12,000 characters (including footnotes, spacing and references, but not including bibliography). Please note that some keystrokes in Word files count for more when converted to efond. Furthermore do not upload your research proposal as an attached file in the electronic application system efond unless agreed upon with the PhD Centre.

Do not submit any publications, recommendations or your Master’s thesis.
The PhD Centre reserves the right to administratively dismiss applications which do not adhere to the formal requirements.

Application guidelines on research proposal and required enclosures are available at the homepage: http://www.humanities.ku.dk/research/PhD/Announcements/ and http://www.humanities.ku.dk/research/PhD/Graduate_School/phdansogningvejledning_kopi/

Closing date for applications: 7 January 2011 at 12 noon (Central European Time). No supplementary documents will be considered after this deadline.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Faculty of Humanities invites applications from all interested candidates regardless of gender, age, ethnic origin or religion.

For any further questions, please contact the PhD Centre (phdcenter@hum.ku.dk) tel. +45 3532 9223.