We strongly urge you to submit your application in good time before the deadline expires. We do not grant extensions due to your own computer or internet problems.
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
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Please see the deadlines on this page.
Information for potential PhD students about the PhD degree programme and general student life.
Arts, Literature and Culture Studies
Information meeting for applicants to the Arts, Literature and Culture Studies programme on Thursday 16 June 2022 at 14:00 ECST.
Join the meeting online at https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/63306931914
The meeting is relevant for applicants to both 5+3 and 4+4 scholarships. PhD programme director Stefan Iversen will conduct the meeting in English.
If your application is missing one or more of the mandatory attachments your application will be rejected without assessment.
Please see this page for the full list of the mandatory attachments.
The documents below are some of the attachments applicants often forget:
Please note that the requirements have been updated in 2020!
All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium').
You must prove your English skills by uploading one of the documents from this website to your application. All other kinds of documentation are invalid!
The documentation of your language requirements (test results) cannot be added to your application after the application deadline.
We do not grant exemptions from the language requirements.
Applicants with a Danish degree similar to the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium') must get their qualifications assessed if the diploma does not state that English was taught on B level. Please see this page: Individuel Kompetencevurdering (IKV)
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.
Please see this page for further information: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/get-assessment
England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Although the total sum is 540 British credits you cannot apply for the 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3 scheme) event though we write the following about the 5+3 scheme:
To begin a 3-year fellowship you must have passed a qualifying examination that corresponds to 300 ECTS credits (e.g. a Bachelor’s degree allocated 180 ECTS credits and a Master’s degree allocated 120 ECTS credits).
The British credits are not equivalent to ECTS credits. This means that you cannot compare the two types of credits.
Here you can see the Danish Agency for Higher Education's standards for assessing higher education qualifications from England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
A 1-year Master’s degree from England is only equivalent to one year of studies at Master’s level in Denmark which corresponds to 60-90 ECTS credits depending on the courses. This means that you may apply for the 4-year PhD scholarship (4+4 scheme) but not the 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3 scheme).
If you have not yet submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment you must upload a list of the courses you have passed and any examinations you are signed up. Your Master’s degree programme must be completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.
Here you can see the Danish Agency for Higher Education's standards for assessing higher education qualifications from India:
This means that you may apply for the 4-year PhD scholarship (4+4 scheme) but not the 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3 scheme).
This section contains information about:
Not yet passed but will be passed before PhD enrolment
If you have not yet submitted your Master’s thesis for assessment you must upload a list of the courses you have passed and any examinations you are signed up (inkl. the deadline for your Master's thesis). Your Master’s degree programme must be completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.
For further information about the PhD degree structure at Arts please see this page.
The graduate schools own open PhD scholarships (4+4)/fellowships (5+3)
When applying for the open call you apply for both enrolment and a PhD scholarships (4+4)/fellowships (5+3).
When applying for a specific call you apply for both enrolment and PhD scholarship (4+4)/fellowship (5+3).
The application must be written in the language mentioned in the call you apply for (see the section "Application").
Staff members, including PhD students, employed in a Ukrainian Higher Education Institution (HEI) who have fled Ukraine due to the Russian aggression are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ grant of up to 60 days’ duration at Aarhus University.
For further information please see this page.
There are no calls at the moment!