PhD Scholarship in Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence

 The Department of Communication in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen is inviting applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship starting on 1 November 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The 3-year position is funded by the Carlsberg Semper Ardens Advance Artificial Intelligence has made its way into our everyday life and into the sciences. With that comes great responsibility. The Center for Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence revisits the foundations of responsible Artificial Intelligence and asks deep questions about the philosophical significance of recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence. The phD student is expected to work on questions relating to philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, including, but not limited to:

  • fairness
  • transparency and interpretability
  • trustworthiness
  • accountability
  • moral testimony
  • privacy
  • discussions around strong artificial intelligence
  • consciousness
  • superintelligence

PhD studies consist of research programmes that qualify students for independent and wide-ranging research, development and teaching at international level. The main emphasis is on PhD students organising and conducting their own research project (under supervision). The programme culminates in the submission of a PhD thesis, which the student must defend in public. The programme is prescribed to 180 ECTS points, corresponding to three years of full-time study.

A PhD opens up a range of career opportunities in academia and elsewhere. As well as writing a thesis, PhD students work in active research environments in Denmark and abroad. They contribute to the academic environment, take research training courses and convey the results of their research in teaching, at academic conferences and to the general public.

Qualification requirements
Applicants must have a 2-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or equivalent and, as a minimum, have submitted a Master’s thesis for which they have received pre-approval at the time of application.

The qualifications of applicants with non-Danish Master’s degrees will be assessed to ascertain whether they correspond to the Danish level. For further information, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Education and Research:

Applicants must possess skills in written and spoken academic English at a high levelIf deemed necessary, the department may request that applicants document their English skills.

All applications must be submitted online, in PDF or Microsoft Word format, via the link “Apply now” at the bottom of the page.

The application must include:

1. Project abstract

(max.1,200 characters with spaces)

2. Personal statement (max. one page)

In their personal statements, applicants are encouraged to:

  • outline how the PhD project relates to other research activities at the department, including the availability of supervisors
  • describe as clearly as possible their competencies and personal qualifications relevant to the PhD programme.

3. CV

Applications must be accompanied by a CV ( page) and a list of publications, where relevant.

4. Documentation (diplomas and transcripts)

Applicants must upload the following:

  • A copy of their Master’s degree diploma or similar (if this is not available by the application deadline, applicants must document pre-approval of their Master’s thesis)
  • A copy of their Master’s degree transcript
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree diploma
  • A copy of their Bachelor’s degree transcript.

Applicants with a degree from a university where the working language is not English or one of the Scandinavian languages must submit a translation of their Master’s diploma and/or diploma transcripts approved by the Danish embassy or consulate in the country where the original document was issued. These documents must be translated into English, Danish, Norwegian or Swedish. An official description of the grading scale (and a diploma supplement where relevant) must also be attached.

Chinese applicants must attach a China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Evaluation Committee (CDGDC) certificate. Read more about CDGDC here.

5. Project description

Applications must include a detailed project description covering the problem formulation, overall objectives, methodology, design and timetable (max. five pages/12,000 characters, incl. spaces, excl. bibliography).

Applicants who anticipate incurring extraordinary expenses (related to questionnaires, fieldwork, extended stay(s) abroad, equipment, etc.) must include brief comments about this in their project description. 

Guidelines and good advice on project descriptions are available here.

6. Other relevant material

Statements of consent, e.g. regarding access to special archives and approval of studies abroad, may be submitted along with the applications. It is not necessary to include commitments from supervisors.

Please do not upload or submit recommendations, publications, theses, etc.

Assessment criteria
The following criteria are applied when assessing PhD applications:

  • The quality, originality and feasibility of the PhD project
  • Research qualifications, as reflected in the attached CV and project description
  • Competencies and knowledge of relevant fields of academic research
  • Level (grades obtained) of Bachelor and Master’s studies.

Please note that only a few scholarships are awarded at each call for applications and competition is intense.

The recruitment process 
After the deadline for applications, the Head of Department considers advice from the Appointment Committee and then selects applicants for assessment. All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been shortlisted. After this, the Head of Department sets up an expert Assessment Committee to assess the shortlisted applications. The selected applicants will be informed who is serving on the committee. Individual applicants will be offered the opportunity to comment on the committee’s assessment of their application before the appointment is announced.

For further information about the application procedure, please refer to the University of Copenhagen website:

It is a prerequisite for employment that successful applicants enrol at the PhD School of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Copenhagen.

For further information about the structure of the PhD programme, please refer to:

For further information about the guidelines for PhD studies at UCPH, please refer to:

Remuneration and terms of employment
Appointment as a PhD Fellow is subject to the collective bargaining agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC).

We seek to reflect the breadth and diversity of society and encourage applications irrespective of personal background.

Contact Information
If you have any questions about the Department, please contact the Deputy Head of Department for Research, Mette Mortensen, e-mail: 

If you have any questions about the project, please contact the PI, Professor Anders S√łgaard, 

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, please contact Dorthea Andersen at HR, e-mail: 

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2023 at 23:59 (Central European summer time/Central European time).

Any applications or additional material submitted after the deadline will not be considered. However, changes may be made to the submitted application right up until the deadline.


Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 01-08-2023
Employment start: 01-10-2023
Department/Location: Institut for Kommunikation

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