PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship (3 years) is available at the SDU Climate Cluster Elite Centre CUHRE and the Department of Culture and Languages, the University of Southern Denmark, Odense. Deadline: 02.04.2024



PhD scholarship at the SDU Climate Cluster Elite Centre CUHRE – Centre for Understanding Human Relationships with the Environment, Humanities.



A PhD scholarship is available at the SDU Climate Cluster Elite Centre CUHRE – Centre for Understanding Human Relationships with the Environment and the Department of Culture and Languages, the University of Southern Denmark, Odense.

The PhD scholarship will contribute to the project Cultivated Wilderness and Ecoliteracy in Denmark and more specifically to the sub-project Wilderness Narratives and Emotional Communities in Denmark: Interactions with Cultivated Wild Nature. As a PhD-student, you will develop your own research project within the framework of this subproject, collaborating closely with project PI, Laura Feldt, and the research team in the subproject. More detailed information can be gained at CUHRE’s website. As a PhD-student you will also be affiliated with the Department of Culture and Languages and the Study of Religion.

In the subproject Wilderness Narratives and Emotional Communities, we investigate interactions with cultivated wild nature in Denmark, especially practices and activities that can sustain ecoliteracy. By interactions with cultivated wild nature, we mean relations and reactions to, activities in, mediated narratives about, and emotional communities connected with biodiversity cultivation, such as rewilding, nature national parks, migrating wolves and boars, and other activities that involve interactions with cultivated wild nature - wolf safaris, outdoor enthusiast activities, forest bathing, etc., or mediated presentations of such activities in film, television, literature, or social media. Ecoliteracy means the capability and will to change society in a sustainable direction so that other life forms – non-human animals, plants, ecosystems – can thrive. In the project, we analyse both media and popular culture, leisure activities, consumption, and school activities, and we are especially interested in the roles played by emotions and narratives in current changes in human relationships with wild nature in Denmark. For more information about the framework and key concepts, contact Laura Feldt lfeldt[ at ]

  • The PhD-scholarship runs for three years and is fully salaried.
  • The candidate is expected to hold an MA-degree in a relevant discipline, e.g., the environmental humanities, the study of religions, anthropology, sociology or other.
  • A documented interest or specialization in research on the environmental humanities, behavioural, historical, religious, or other cultural aspects of sustainability, green transition, green social movements, climate activism or related subjects will be considered an advantage.
  • Documented experience or university coursework in fieldwork, interviews, and netnography is a prerequisite.
  • The PhD research will be based on independent collection of data via fieldwork, interviews, and/or netnography, e.g. among selected citizens, activists, groups, movements, local communities, and/or on independently collected materials from social media, popular culture, etc.
  • As an applicant, you must submit your own project description (max. 5 pp.), describing the proposed research project, identifying a specific focus and research questions, describing the state-of-the-art, the theoretical perspectives and methods. Specific empirical areas and date must also be identified as the basis of the project, e.g. selected national parks, rewilding initiatives, green social movements, religious networks, groups or similar, or groups, networks, and movements opposed to climate action, rewilding and biodiversity cultivation, including e.g. radicalizing tendencies.
  • The work will be carried out in Denmark, so fluency in Danish or a closely related Scandinavian language is a prerequisite.

The applicants must submit: 

  • A PhD project description, max. 5 pages of max. 2400 characters per page (including spaces)
  • Documentation of MA degree in a relevant discipline, transcripts, other relevant documentation. 
  • Letter of application describing your interest in the position, your motivation, and qualifications 2-4 pages)
  • A detailed CV

For more information any questions regarding this position, the subproject, or CUHRE, please contact project PI, professor Laura Feldt, The Study of Religion, lfeldt[ at ], the PI and leader of CUHRE, associate professor, Michael Paulsen at mpaulsen[ at ] or Vice Head of Department, Kristine Kjærsgaard kristinek[ at ]  

A PhD Fellowship is a three-year position. Employment ends automatically by the end of the period. The holder of the fellowship is not allowed to have other paid employment during the three-year period.

The successful applicant will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and AC (the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations), Cirkulære af 20. december 2021 om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten (the document only exists in Danish).

To qualify for a PhD position, you must have completed a relevant master's degree with a good assessment by the application deadline.

An application must include:

  • Special PhD-application form found here 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Detailed project description, no more than 5 pages
  • Examination certificates
  • A maximum of 2 of the most relevant publications. Please attach one pdf-file for each publication. For any publication with a co-author, a co-author statement must be submitted as part of the pdf-file

Application and all appendices must be in Danish, English or one of the Scandinavian languages. Only material in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, and English will be assessed. Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.

Your qualifications must be documented in the submitted files if your application is to be taken into consideration. Ability to work independently and good social skills are required, as are excellent communication skills in Danish as well as English.

We only accept files in pdf-format no more than 10 MB per file. In case you have more than one file per field you need to combine the pdf-files into a single file, as each field handles only one file. We do not accept zip-files, jpg or other image files. All pdf-files must be unlocked and allow binding and may not be password protected.

Applications will be assessed by an assessment committee and the applicant will receive the part of the evaluation that concerns him/her. The assessment report will subsequently be forwarded to the Head of Department who will assemble an appointments committee. An interview may form part of the overall assessment of the applicants' qualifications.   The committee may request additional information, and if so, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the necessary material.

If the application does not meet the requirements mentioned above, the Faculty of Humanities may reject your application without further notice. Applications received after the deadline will neither be considered nor evaluated.

Shortlisting and tests may be used in the assessment process. Please note that only a shortlisted applicant will receive an assessment. Here you can read more about Assessment of applicants for academic staff positions

Applications should be sent electronically via the link "apply online" and the Faculty expects applicants to read the information "How to apply" before applying. 

We recommend that as an international applicant you take the time to visit Working in Denmark where you will find information and facts about moving to, working and living in Denmark, as well as the International Staff Office at SDU.

The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity of society and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Further information about the PhD-program at the Faculty of Humanities can be found here.


Deadline: 2 April 2024 23.59.59 cet.


More details

Kristine Kjærsgaard

kristinek[ at ]