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Graduate School at the Faculty of Arts

Doctoral education for the research disciplines within the humanities, theology and education studies

Attention: 5+3 fellowships (open call) only once a year

The graduate school at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University has previously announced open faculty financed SU PhD scholarships (4+4) and faculty financed PhD fellowships (5+3) twice a year (the “open call” where applicants can apply with their own project). The graduate school has decided to reduce the number of calls for faculty financed PhD fellowships (5+3) which means that as of 2023 it will only be possible to apply for these 5+3-fellowships once a year. The faculty will finance the same amount of 5+3-fellowships as previously, but will reduce the amount of calls/assessments from two to one per year.

The last time faculty financed 5+3-fellowships will be announced for an autumn call is for the deadline 1 October 2022 with an enrolment start on 1 February 2023. As of 2023 we will only announce faculty financed 5+3-fellowships in the spring.

Application deadlines Scholarships/fellowships (open call)
1 October 2022 4+4 and 5+3
15 March 2023 4+4 and 5+3
1 October 2023 only 4+4
15 March 2024 4+4 and 5+3
1 October 2024 only 4+4
15 March 2025 4+4 and 5+3

Please note that the graduate school will continue to announce specific calls for both 4+4-schloarships and 5+3-fellowships twice a year as well as open faculty financed 4+4-sholarships (open call):


Open call: 4+4 and 5+3
Specific calls: 4+4 and 5+3

-    Announcement of calls on the website: 15 February
-    Application deadline: 15 March
-    Enrolment start: 1 July/1 September


Open call: only 4+4
Specific calls: 4+4 and 5+3

-    Announcement of calls on the website: 1 September
-    Application deadline: 1 October
-    Enrolment start: 1 January/1 February

Flere ph.d.-stipendier ved Faculty of Arts støttet af Carlsbergfondet

Carlsbergfondet giver en særlig håndsrækning med finansiering af 45 ’Carlsberg Foundation Humanities PhD Fellowships’. 15 af dem bliver ved Faculty of Arts.

Læs mere på denne side.


Can I get an extension of my PhD project as a direct consequence of COVID-19?

You can apply for extension.

Application form
:  English version - Danish version 

PhD programme administrator:

AU has decided on a joint procedure for handling the challenges students are facing in relation to completing their PhD projects as a direct consequence of COVID-19, including the physical shutdown of AU.

This joint procedure is based on the political agreements on the phased reopening of the country, in addition to the ‘Circular on the agreement on the possibility of extending temporary employment contracts, as a consequence of delays occurring in connection with COVID-19’.


The objective of the procedure is to ensure a common point of departure for all PhD students at AU, while at the same time granting the individual graduate school the flexibility to handle the challenges in individual students’ PhD projects in the most appropriate way.

The joint procedure applies to PhD students whose progress has been directly affected by COVID-19, including the physical shutdown of AU that began on 13 March 2020:

  • A delay in progress towards the PhD degree must be a direct consequence of COVID-19, including the physical shutdown of AU. 
  • All PhD projects that are or may be delayed must be considered individually and through individual dialogue with the principal supervisor and with a statement from the PhD programme directors and head of departments/employer. 
  • The nature of the delay in the PhD project must be described, and in the evaluation of the extension, every effort must be made to adjust the individual PhD project so as to allow the student to complete their project as planned. 
  • If the PhD project cannot be completed without an extension of the deadline, the amount of additional time to be granted must be calculated on an individual basis. 


An application for extension will not be relevant if you have worked from home taking online courses, written articles or thesis chapters, and been able to continue with parts of your research. If you are in the early stages of your PhD studies, re-planning may allow you to catch up later.

If you are in the final phase of your studies and have been significantly delayed due to the lockdown, discuss the possibilities for completing in due time with your supervisors.

If an extension is deemed necessary, please fill out this application form (English version - Danish version). Your supervisor, PhD programme director and the head of department may be asked to comment your application after you have sent it to the relevant Graduate School PhD programme administrator (see names above).

All applications will be individually assessed, and we aim to give you a reply as soon as possible.