The calls will be announced on the web no later that one month before the application deadline. The application form will be available at the same time as the call. See the deadlines on this page.
We strongly urge you to submit your application in good time before the deadline expires.
Please see the deadlines on this page.
Information for potential PhD students about the PhD degree programme and general student life.
PhD-applicants at Culture and Society
What is it like to be a PhD student at AU? How do you apply if you want to become one? On Tuesday 14 February 2023 from 10-11 ECT, the PhD programmes for Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion, History, Archaeology and Classical Studies, and Theology, History of Ideas and Philosophy give an introduction to applying for a PhD scholarship at Arts. The meeting will address both 4+4 and 5+3 applications and is relevant for students on MA level (first and third semester) as well as for those who have completed their master’s degree.
Next deadline for applications is 15 March 2023 – more info on https://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/open-and-specific-calls/
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Meeting ID: 611 4304 3607
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Meeting ID: 611 4304 3607
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
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).
You are not allowed to apply for more than one PhD programme when you apply for the open call.
PhD fellowships/scholarships funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities PhD fellowships funded by the Carlsberg Foundation
Application deadline: 15 March 2023 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CEST)
Call incl. link to the application facility: Danish version - English version
Application guideline and forms
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").
These calls are normally not funded by Aarhus University.
Be aware that Coventry Univesity is the home institution. Please contact Coventry University if you have any questions regarding the call or application.
You can find the link for the application form in each call (both Open call and Specific calls). See the section in the call named "Application". You can find the calls on this page under "Calls" or in the left column of this page.
For further information please see this page: https://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply
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:
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
Below you can see the general assessment of qualifications from "England, Wales and Northern Ireland" and "India".
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:
The above degrees from India are assessed to be equivalent to a Danish Bachelor's degree plus one year of Master's studies. 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.
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.