Ethnographic Research on Social Trust, Social Capital, and the Danish Welfare State (5+3)

PhD fellowship in the field of Ethnographic Research on Social Trust, Social Capital, and the Danish Welfare State (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Ethnographic Research on Social Trust, Social Capital, and the Danish Welfare State provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 September 2018 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 September 2018. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The PhD fellowship is advertised within the field of Ethnographic Research on Social Trust, Social Capital, and the Danish Welfare State.

The funding for this scholarship is attached to the project entitled “Observing social trust in the everyday workings of welfare states – Romania and Denmark compared (OSTWEL)”.

The successful PhD applicant will join the Department of Global Studies (School of Culture and Society) and a small research team led by Dr Jeremy Morris (Associate Professor in Global Studies). The project proposes an empirically-grounded approach to analyse and understand social trust/capital by examining citizen–street-level bureaucrat interactions in two ‘polar-opposite’ trust societies (Denmark + Romania). The PhD’s focus in on Denmark.

The PhD’s project is based on undertaking ethnographic fieldwork (4-6 months) focusing on social welfare access, parallel in-depth interviews with bureaucrats and claimants in East Jutland, Denmark, and analyses of existing national and European social attitudes survey data focusing on social trust. The successful candidate will therefore have a background in qualitative social science research, particularly ethnographic methods relating to organisational and state-bureaucracy foci. In addition, the candidate must speak Danish to a high level in order to carry out the fieldwork.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. 

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Culture and Society’s research programme:
http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/

 

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2018.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/rulesandforms/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3-programme-and-part-b-of-the-4-4-programme/

 

Application
If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion:  http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/contacts/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Jeremy Morris, School of Culture and Society, jmorris@cas.au.dk, Phone + 45 87 16 25 32.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/english-test/

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://talent.au.dk/phd/arts/application/application-guide/

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2018 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2018-9

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.