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International applicants

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 four 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  

For further information about Aarhus University please see this page.

Calls

PhD scholarships (4+4) / PhD fellowships (5+3) at Arts

Please see these pages for further information:

The Danish Higher Education System

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.

Applying with non-Danish qualifications

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.

Supervisor

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.

This web site ("Search for researchers") may be helpful when you want to find a researcher within your field.

Scholarship/fellowship/salary

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.  

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".


PhD scholarship (4+4)

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
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 2019 value of 1 PhD SU voucher is DKK 6,166.00.   

The hourly pay is DKK 214.16 (October 2018 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
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.  

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.


PhD fellowship (5+3)

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.


Terms of employment

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.