At Aarhus University we are determined to attract the most talented PhD students from all over the world. Thus Talent Development is – together with Education, Research and Knowledge Exchange - one of Aarhus University’s core activities.
Our perspective on PhDs as early career researchers, make Aarhus University very attractive for international talent and you apply on the same terms as Danish applicants.
With a PhD degree from Aarhus University you are trained to independently undertake high calibre research, development and teaching projects in the private and the public sectors.
Here you can hear PhD students talk about their life as PhD students and why they chose to do a PhD at Aarhus University: https://www.youtube.com/user/AarhusUniversity (search for PhD) og https://international.au.dk/about/profile/top-reasons-to-choose-aarhus-university/
For further information about Aarhus University please see this page.
PhD scholarships (4+4) / PhD fellowships (5+3) at Arts
Please see these pages for further information:
Public higher education institutions in Denmark are regulated by national legislation concerning degree structures, teacher qualifications and examinations.
For further information please see this page.
If you want to apply for a PhD scholarship (4+4) or a PhD fellowship (5+3) you can get your non-Danish qualifications assessed by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education:
For further information please see "Assessment of non-Danish qualifications" and "What is the difference between having a Master's degree and still being enrolled as a Master's student when applying for a PhD scholarship?" on the "Open and Specific Calls" page.
The Circular on the collective agreement for state-employed academics states: "It is normally a condition for employment that the person in question does not already have a PhD degree". This means that you cannot be employed as a PhD fellow if you already have a PhD degree corresponding to a Danish PhD degree.
The principal supervisor must be an active, recognised researcher within the relevant research area, and must be employed by the university as a professor or associate professor, and must be affiliated to the Graduate School, Arts. All supervisors must be academically qualified in the area of the PhD project.
You do not need to have a supervisor in order to apply for a fellowship/scholarship. The head of the graduate school will provide you with a principal supervisor if you get the fellowship/scholarship.
If you want to talk to a researcher about your project you may contact one of our 8 PhD programme directors. He/she might be able to give you a name or two of a researcher within your field.
When you apply for a PhD scholarship/fellowship via an open or specific call you apply for both enrolment and employment. The PhD grants are the same regardless of nationality.
The PhD student's place of work will be one of the three schools at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis unless otherwise stated in the call. Co-funded PhD students might be expected to work an average of 50 percent at each place during the overall period of study.
Full-time employment equals 37 hours a week on average.
Non-Danish PhD scholars/fellows must however apply for a residence and work permit. Employment cannot happen until the permit has been granted. Please see the section "Moving to Denmark".
The 4+4 scheme consists of a part A (1½-2 years) and a part B (2 years). During part A of the PhD degree programme you must complete your Master' degree programme simultaneously with the first part of your PhD degree programme.
This means that during part A of the PhD degree programme you are also enrolled as a Master’s degree student at the faculty. On your enrolment for part A of the PhD degree programme you will be enrolled automatically for the Master’s thesis, which means that your Master’s degree programme (qualifying examination) can be concluded no later than the end of enrolment for part A.
To be enrolled as a PhD student you are required to complete the PhD degree programme in accordance with your PhD plan. This includes participating in academically relevant courses, carrying out scheduled study trips/study stays abroad, and submitting a PhD dissertation at the end of the enrolment period.
PhD degree programme
Part A is financed by a SU PhD scholarship (2 SU vouchers per month) as well as a salary for the student's work at the department (280 hours).
The 2020 value of 1 PhD SU voucher is DKK 6,243.00.
The hourly pay is DKK 217.95 (October 2019 level). The salary is paid monthly in arrears from February to May and September to December, corresponding to 17.5 hours a month throughout the 1½-2 year employment period.
Part B is financed by a scholarship in accordance with the collective agreement and you are required to work the equivalent of 560 hours during the employment period.
The salary starts at the AC-salary level 4.1. For further information about the salary please see this page.
Please see this page for further information about the paid work at the department.
From part A to part B
Please be aware that the SU PhD scholarship on part A of the 4+4 scheme is paid monthly in advance while the monthly salary on part B will be at your disposal on the last weekday of the month. This means that there be a “gap” between your payments.
Part A ends on 31 August 2021 and part B starts on 1 September 2021.
The last SU payment on part A (payment for August) will be at your disposal at the beginning of August 2021 while your first salary on part B (payment for September) will be at your disposal on the last weekday of September 2021.
Master's degree programme
For information on the SU grant for the Master's degree programme please see these pages:
The PhD administration cannot answer any questions about the SU grant for the Master's degree programme.
As a PhD fellow you must complete the PhD degree programme in accordance with the PhD plan. This includes participating in academically relevant courses, carrying out scheduled study trips/study stays abroad, and submitting a PhD dissertation at the end of the enrolment period.
During the employment period you are required to work the equivalent of 840 hours. Please see this page for further information about the paid work at the department.
The salary depends on your seniority (previous employment after the Master’s degree). If you do not have any seniority you will be placed on the lowest pay grade (4.1).
For further information about the salary please see this page.
The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations, as well as with the protocol for PhD fellows. Because the position is regulated by a collective agreement you will not have to negotiating general terms of employment such as working hours, minimum salary and terms of notice directly.
You are expected to move to Denmark during the enrolment in order for you to be an active member of the research environment at the school and you are expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.
Residence and work permit
The fee you pay for the Case Order ID is for the processing of the application in Denmark (residence and work permit). Some representations/visa applications centres also demands a handling fee when you book an appointment for biometrics.