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PhD fellowship in the fields of History and Classical Studies

One PhD fellowship is available in the fields of History and Classical Studies, Department of Languages, Culture, History and Communication, University of Southern Denmark, starting September 1, 2023. This is an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to work within the project Responses to Imperialism in Roman Historical Writing funded by the Independent Research Fund, Denmark. The fellowship runs for three years. During the fellowship, the successful candidate is obliged to take up teaching and other dissemination activities, as well as delivering courses or other similar teaching modules corresponding in total to 30 ECTS.

The successful candidate holds an MA or similar qualifications in the fields of History, Classics or in Greek and Roman Philology. The fellowship is fully salaried and wage levels are excellent for PhD-students in Denmark ( ) The candidate will work on Julius Caesar’s two historical texts: they will examine Caesar’s rhetorical strategies in The Gallic War with attention to Caesar’s justification of Roman expansionism, and then deliver a comparative analysis looking at continuities and discontinuities in Caesar’s defense of his conduct in The Civil War. The PhD candidate is expected to develop their own project along these lines within the framework of the collective project and to work in close cooperation with project leader Jesper Majbom Madsen, who will supervise the project, as well as with the rest of the project group (Rhiannon Ash (Oxford), Christopher Baron (Notre Dame), Josiah Osgood (Georgetown).

The candidate’s relevant skills for the post must be clearly documented in the submitted CV, otherwise applications will not be considered. The candidate should possess excellent academic and interpersonal skills and be able to communicate freely in English both orally and in writing (as the working language in the project is English and the dissertation must be submitted in English). There is also a requirement of a six month research visit to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, where the candidate will work together with Professor Luca Grillo.

For more information, please contact Head of Institute Per Krogh Hansen, email:  or  Professor Jesper Majbom Madsen, Study of History, v, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense, email: or visit the web side

Application, salary and conditions of employment etc.
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 om overenskomst for Akademikere i staten 2019 (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.

The application should include:

  • A research proposal/description of your approach to the project outlined above (max. 6.000 words including references)
  • A letter stating your specific interest, motivation and qualifications for the project in question (800 words)
  • CV, including personal contact information
  • A sample either from the candidate’s Master dissertation, one published book chapter or Journal article

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.

Please always include a copy of original diploma/certificates.  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 them personally. 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.

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.


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