PhD Scholarship in the Field of Marketing

The Department of Marketing at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) invites applications for a vacant PhD scholarship in the academic field of Marketing.

Core research areas of the Department include, but are not limited to, business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and consumer-to-consumer markets focusing at topics such as corporate social responsibility; cognitive, behavioral, socio-cognitive, and socio-cultural issues; social media marketing; and tourism and destination marketing. 

A typical (but not limited to) research focus would be an exploration, testing, or identification of drivers/motivators related to above topics within a managerial, consumer, business-to-business, business-to-consumer, or consumer-to-consumer context and how this contributes to theoretical/behavioral understandings of business and/or consumption interaction/outcomes.

Teaching responsibilities at the Department of Marketing comprise undergraduate and graduate courses.

The applicant might be required to get involved in externally funded research projects.

The Department will give priority to applicants with a high grade point average from well-respected universities.

The three-year PhD program at CBS allows the PhD candidate to conduct research under the supervision of professors, supported by research training courses. The PhD program is highly international, and the PhD candidate is expected to participate in international research conferences and to spend time abroad as a visiting PhD fellow. See CBS’s homepage for more information about the PhD program, It is also required that the PhD candidate has an interest in joining the Department’s active research environment.

PhD graduates from CBS are held in high esteem not only in academia and research institutions, but also in government and business where their research qualifications increasingly are in demand. One third of our PhD graduates go on to employment outside universities and public research institutions.

At CBS, we have a broad commitment to the excellence, distinctiveness, and relevance of our research and teaching programs. Candidates who wish to join us should demonstrate enthusiasm for working in an organization of this type, highlighting, for example, relevant research, business, educational, and dissemination activities.

For further information please contact Professor Torsten Ringberg, Department of Marketing, preferably by e-mail: (telephone: + 45 3815 2241). Information about the Department can be found at

Appointment and salary will be in accordance with the Danish Ministry of Finance’s agreement with the Central Academic Organization.

General Information

A PhD scholarship runs for a period of three years, and it includes teaching obligations equivalent of six months’ work (840 work hours). A PhD scholarship is a fully salaried position, according to the national Danish collective agreement. The PhD scholarship includes tuition fees, office space, travel grants plus a salary, currently starting with approximately DKK 23.770 (about 3,160 euro) per month up to DKK 28.964 (about 3,860 euro) per month depending on seniority. There also is a pension contribution totaling 17.1 % of 85 percentage points of the base salary.

The PhD candidate will be enrolled in our PhD School in Economics and Management.

To be considered, the applicant must enclose documentation that show he/she has a basic training at a Master’s level (similar to the 3 + 2 Bologna process), a minimum grade of 10 (Danish) or B (U.S) in the final thesis project, and fluency in English language (writing and speaking).  An educational background in the social sciences is preferable. The applicant must have successfully completed a master’s degree before commencing the PhD at CBS. Also, the applicant must be fluent in English, both in spoken and written forms.

The application (see link below) must include a five-page research proposal, which should contain a presentation of an original research question, a description of the initial theoretical framework and methodology, and, finally, an outline of the suggested empirical material and a work-plan.

In addition to the research proposal, the PhD application must include copies of a master’s degree certificate or other certificates of a corresponding level, brief curriculum vitae (CV), a list of potential publications, and one copy of a selected written work (e.g., master’s thesis). Finally, the PhD applicant must include a letter of motivation and three referees (where full contact details including telephone, email, and institution are included).

A committee of researchers from within the academic field of Marketing will assess the received PhD applications. The assessment of the PhD applicants will be based on the quality and relevance of the project proposal, including an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to accomplish it. Following this assessment, the Department’s senior management will select the PhD candidate of the scholarship.

Please find and follow guidelines and further information on PhD scholarships and the PhD Program at www.­cbs.­dk/­en/­phd.

Closing date: 30 July 2016

The PhD application must be sent via the electronic recruitment system, using the link below. Please include all requested material. Any PhD application that does not follow the requested outline and content or is missing part/all of the requested material will be desk rejected. All materials, including all appendices (see items above), must be received by the application deadline.

Details about CBS and the Department of Marketing are available at


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