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Graduate School at the Faculty of Arts

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

The PhD Administration is closed between 23 December 2021 – 2 January 2022 (both days included). Please note that you cannot submit requests and PhD dissertations within this period.

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 13 Dec
13:00-16:00 | Aarhus University, The Lecture Hall Building 4206, Room 139 Moesgaard Allé 20, 8270 Hoejbjerg
Shadow Wolves: Tragic verticality, and the emergence of intellectual, revolutionary subjects in Mongolia
PhD Defence: Malthe Barnkob Lehrmann
Mon 13 Dec
13:15-16:15 | Bygning 1593/012, iNANO AUD,Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
Grænsegængere: konflikter om nationalæstetik, kunstneridentiteter og danskhed i 1800-tallets kunst
PhD defence: Sine Krogh
Fri 17 Dec
13:15-16:15 | iNANO AUD, building 1593-012, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C
What does 'contemporary music' mean now? Medium specificity, scale, and contemporaneity
PhD Defence Ryan Nolan
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
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