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New Ph.D. position: Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG), University of Southern Denmark

Ph.D. scholarship at the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG), University of Southern Denmark

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship at the Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, to be filled by January 1, 2020. The deadline for applying is October 15, 2019.

The PhD candidate will be part of the Historical Economics and Development Group (HEDG). Since its establishment in 2011, HEDG has been one of the fastest growing groups within economic history and is arguably one of the leading groups in Europe. The work carried out by the group can be described as quantitative economic history. More information about HEDG can be found at:

Job description 

The PhD position is funded by the Danish Research Council. The project is entitled “Conflict and Development” and aims to investigate how conflict can impact on economic outcomes. The homogeneous and peaceful population of Denmark is often contrasted with the heterogeneity and conflict of Ireland, and this project will use these cases to investigate this. First, we will take up the ‘Creamery War’ in Denmark around the turn of the twentieth century, which pitted Grundtvigians against the ‘Inner Mission’ movement. Both sides established rival creameries, with potentially catastrophic effects on productivity and macrolevel development in the areas affected, both of which we will quantify. Second, we turn to the US where the Inner Mission gained a large following among Danish immigrants. They argued for assimilation into American society, and we will study the role of this for the rapid integration and economic success of Danes. Finally, we will argue that introducing rival cooperative creameries to an environment dominated by large private operators led to conflict and exacerbated the already poor social capital in Ireland.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate

  • Excellent grades at the bachelor and master’s levels in economics, economic history or other relevant disciplines;
  • Profound knowledge of econometrics and identification strategies;
  • Good knowledge of Stata or similar statistical programs (further knowledge in Python and GIS would be useful but not mandatory);
  • Excellent communication skills in English (enclosing results of TOEFL and GRE tests is encouraged but not mandatory).

Professor Paul Sharp ( will be the Ph.D. supervisor. For more information about the position please contact him via email.

Information about the Ph.D. program is available from Further information can be obtained from the department’s Ph.D. coordinator Karol Borowiecki (

Application, salary, requirements, etc.

As part of the Ph.D. programme, an individual education programme within the field of Economics must be completed. You will be expected to complete a six-month stay at a research institution abroad and, over the period of the programme to acquire experience of teaching or dissemination activities. You are also expected to participate in the various activities at the department and - apart from your stay abroad - to be regularly present at the department.

The scholarships are available to students who wish to enter the PhD programme in Economics, in the framework of either the 5+3 programme or the 4+4 programme. A 5+3 Ph.D. scholarship is granted to applicants who have completed an MSc in Economics, Mathematics and Economics, Business Administration or similar. The scholarship runs for three years. A scholarship in the 4+4 programme is given to applicants who have passed the fourth year of their Master's programme or the equivalent. The scholarship runs for a period of four years. For the first two years, you will be enrolled in the Ph.D. programme and the Master's programme parallel to each other. During that period your pay will consist of a combination of SU student grants and salary for job assignments. After obtaining the Master’s degree, you will enter into a salaried Ph.D. scholarship. Pay and conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations).

Your employment as a Salaried Ph.D. Research Fellow is governed by the agreement of 10 November 2015 on Graduate Employees in government appendix 5 – protocol on Ph.D. Research Fellows.

An application must include:

  • Detailed CV;
  • A certified copy of your degree certificates including all examination results;
  • Application form (please see below);
  • A motivational letter describing why the applicant is a good match for analyzing the topic (Conflict and Development) and how the applicant’s skills provide a solid foundation to do so (max. 5 pages incl. reference list).

When applying for a PhD scholarship, please fill in the application form available here on our web page, On the webpage of the PhD-school, you can find the guidelines for preparing your project proposal within the PhD programme in Economics,

All non-Danish documents must be translated into English.

Applications will be assessed by a committee. When the evaluation committee has submitted its report, the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her.

Applications that are incomplete with regard to the above requirements will not be assessed by the committee. Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process.

Read the guideline for applicants:

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