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Graduate School at the Faculty of Arts

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

Election 2021

This year PhD students can vote and stand for election for:

If you are interested in standing for election, now is the time to get involved.

If you would like to put your name forward for election, you can do so from 14 October 2021 at 9:00 until 26 October 2021 at 12:00.  

You can also make a difference by voting for the candidate whom you think is best qualified to make a difference for your degree or PhD programme. 

Election: 8 November 2021 at 9:00 until 11 November 2021 at 16:00.

For further information please see:

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.

Writing Retreats for PhD students - temporary Faculty initiative due to Covid-19

Enrolled PhD students at Arts can apply for up to DKK 2500 per person to cover expenses for stays/transport in Denmark according to the rules and regulations of Aarhus University.

Please see this page for further information.

Virtual PhD defences - Message sent to Arts PhD students and supervisors, 25 November 2020

Message sent to all PhD students, supervisors and PhD programme directors, 25 November 2020:



Dear all,

On October 28, I wrote all of you a message regarding Covid-19 extensions and virtual PhD defences for the fall of 2020. You can view this message here: https://phd.arts.au.dk/fileadmin/phd.arts.au.dk/AR/Email_to_phd-students_28-10-2020.pdf 

I would like to inform you that the management team at Faculty of Arts has prolonged the decision, and all PhD defences will carry on as 100% online defences on Zoom until the end of June 2021.

As mentioned in my earlier message, there are pros and cons to this situation, but we believe this decision will make it easier for all involved to plan the defences.

If the COVID-19 situation unexpectedly improves for the better, the decision will be re-assessed.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions: https://phd.arts.au.dk/about‐us/contact/ 


Best wishes,

Anne Marie Pahuus
Head of Graduate School/Vice Dean for Research and Talent 

Message sent to Arts PhD students and supervisors, 28th October 2020

Please see this file.

Living in Denmark

Upcoming courses and PhD defences

Mon 25 Oct
13:00-16:00 | Søauditorierne, lokale 1253 – 211 (Merete Barker Auditoriet), Bartholins Allé 3, 8000 Aarhus C
Nytteværdi som motivator i naturfag - et studie af utility value interventioners effekt på motivation og faglige præstationer i 8. klasses fysik/kemi
PhD defence: Martin Kjær Hornsgaard
Thu 28 Oct
13:15-16:15 | Aarhus Universitet, bygning 1441-112 Aud. 2, Tåsingegade 3, 8000 Aarhus C.
Patientcentreret radiografi mellem mennesket og teknologi
PhD defence: Susanne Holm
Mon 01 Nov
13:00-16:00 | Aarhus Universitet, Bygning 1485, lokale 226, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, 8000 Aarhus C
Med ryggen til fremtiden: Konstruktionen af karriereperspektivet i gymnasiets læreplaner
PhD defence: Laura Cordes Felby
Fri 01 Sep
00:00-00:00 | online
Online Course in Web Archives and Web Archiving
Online course. Participation from work or from home, and at convenient time. Exa
Wed 11 Aug
00:00-00:00 | Campus Aarhus
Netlab PHD Workshop in Web archiving
Please notice: This workshop will not be cancelled due to Corona virus precautio