PhD fellowship in the field of Trust and Risk in Literature (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University invites applications for a PhD fellowship in Trust and Risk in Literature provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 September 2016 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 2016.

The PhD fellowship will be financed by Aarhus University Research Foundation.

The PhD fellowship is advertised within the Trust and Risk in Literature Project ( This project is interested in connecting the ethical, philosophical and linguistic expertise of literary studies to a growing body of research in ‘Trust Studies’, which identifies risk as a way to modify traditional understandings of trust.

We are interested in research projects that explore how English literature in either the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries interrogate trust or risk, either historically or philosophically. How, for instance, was trust - or the absence of trust - represented in poetry, prose or drama during periods of dramatic social change such as the English civil wars or industrial revolution? How does literature reflect the rise of risk as a way of evaluating and engaging with a complex world? The project should engage with current discussions about trust and risk in society in other fields such as social anthropology, governance, economics, systems management and/or business studies. The successful candidate will be part of the Trust and Risk Research Group and international network and will have the opportunity to present their research at upcoming Trust and Risk in Literature Network meetings as well as major conferences such as MLA. There is some scope for comparative studies with literature in other languages but the PhD will be conducted and written in English.

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:

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme:

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts:

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 Communication and Culture, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Art, Literature and Cultural Studies.

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

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

The School of Communication and Culture’s research programme:

5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must enclose documentation stating that you have submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment by the deadline for application, and you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2016.

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:


If you require professional guidance regarding your application for a SU PhD PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Art, Literature and Cultural Studies:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Joseph Sterrett, School of Communication and Culture,, Phone + 45 60 74 93 32.

Applications for the SU PhD 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:

Applications must be completed in English.

Deadline for applications: 15 March 2016
Reference number: 2016-218/1-157