PhD Fellowship in national minorities at the Department of Border Region Studies

The Department of Border Region Studies in Sønderborg invites applications for a PhD Research Fellowship on National minorities and minority-majority interaction in the Danish-German border-region after 1955. The project is to be seen in a European perspective.

The fellowship is relevant for master students with strong aspirations to get a PhD degreee in studies in border regions and national minorities. Accordingly, it is expected that the successful applicant has a master degree in a field within the humanities or the social sciences. Ability to read and understand Danish and German is demanded.

The Department of Border Region Studies is located in Sønderborg, Denmark, and rooted in the unique history of the Southern Danish border region. It has lively relationships with the business community and the cultural institutions of the region. The department constitutes an interdisciplinary unit with scholars being organised around three research groups focusing on business administration, regional economics, and people and society in border regions. The department offers teaching at all levels within European Studies, Regional Economics and Business Administration. There are approximately 800 students from about 50 countries enrolled at the department.

The successful applicant will participate in research and dissemination activities. The student will be enrolled in the relevant PhD programme at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU). As part of the PhD study, an individual education programme within the relevant discipline of the candidate has to be completed. You will be expected to complete a six-month stay at a research institution abroad and/or at a project partner, 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.

Information about the PhD programme at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, University of Southern Denmark, is available from

Further information can be obtained from Professor Steen Bo Frandsen; who will be the main supervisor of the project.

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