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Calls for PhD scholarships (4+4) and PhD fellowships (5+3)


Read the application guideline and the FAQ thoroughly before you fill out the application form!

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.


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If you still have problems sending your application please see this page for help.

Deadline, Reply and Enrolment start

Please see the deadlines on this page.

Meetings for potential PhD students

Information for potential PhD students about the programme and general student life.


  • Art, Literature or Cultural Studies

    What is it like to be a PhD-student at AU? How do you apply if you want to become one? On Monday 30 November 2020 at 1200-1300, the PhD-programme for Art, Literature and Cultural Studies gives an introduction to becoming a PhD-student 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 2021 – more info on https://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/open-and-specific-calls/

    The meeting takes place on zoom:
    Join Zoom Meeting

    Topic: Introduktion til ph.d.
    Time: 30 November 2020 12:00 PM Copenhagen
    Meeting ID: 676 4079 7016

Mandatory attachments

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 3 documents below are just a sample of attachments applicants often forget:

  • BA diploma
    Please note that you must upload both your BA and MA diplomas (5+3) or BA diploma and transcript of records of one year of Master’s degree studies (4+4) otherwise we cannot assess your academic level. The diploma/transcript of records must contain: name of education, duration, courses, marks and ECTS credits (if ECTS credits are given).

    Please see the guideline for further information.

  • English language requirements
    The documentation must be one of the approved documents. Do not upload BA or MA diplomas from other countries than the approved countries as proof of English skills.

    Please see this page for the full list.

  • Timetable (schedule/time plan)
    The form for the timetable is a mandatory part of the project description.

    Your must fill out a separate form and upload the form in the same PDF file as the project description with the project description first then timetable and list of project literature.

    You can find the form for the timetable and other forms on this page.

English language requirements (mandatory)

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)

Assessment of 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.

Please see this page for further information: https://ufm.dk/en/education/recognition-and-transparency/get-assessment

  • General assessments of degrees from specific countries, see this page.
  • Get your qualifications assessed, see this page.
    The assessment itself free of charge. This excludes any other expenses such as for translation of documents.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English Literature (3 years): 120 British credits per year = 360 British credits in total.
  • Master’s degree in English Literature (1 year): 180 British credits.

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.

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/fellowship?

This section contains information about:

  • Danish Master's degree or equivalent non-Danish Master's degree (still enrolled)
    • 60-90 ECTS credits after application deadline
    • 90 ECTS credits at the time of application
  • Master's degree (passed og will be passed before PhD enrolment)
    • Danish Master's degree
    • Non-Danish Master's degree (equivalent to a Danish Master's degree)
    • Non-Danish Master's degree (NOT equivalent to a Danish Master's degree)

Danish Master's degree or equivalent non-Danish Master's degree (still enrolled)

  • 60-90 ECTS credits after application deadline:
    You can apply for a 4+4 scholarship if you have already acquired 60 ECTS credits or will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application.

  • 90 ECTS credits at the time of application:
    If you have already earned 90 ECTS credits at the time of application you cannot apply for a 4+4 scholarship. You can apply for a 5+3 fellowship as long as the Master’s degree programme is completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.

Master's degree (passed)

  • Danish Master's degree
    If you have a Danish Master's degree (120 ECTS credits) you can apply for the 5+3 fellowship (NOT the 4+4 scholarship).

  • Non-Danish Master's degree - equivalent to a Danish Master's degree:
    If you have a Master's degree and it is equivalent to a Danish Master's degree you can apply for the 5+3 fellowship (NOT the 4+4 scholarship).

  • Non-Danish Master's degree - NOT equivalent to a Danish Master's degree:
    If you have a Master's degree and it is only equivalent one year at Master's level in Denmark you can apply for the 4+4 scholarship (NOT the 5+3 fellowship).

    Because your Master's degree is not equivalent to a Danish Master's degree you will be contacted by the Study Centre Arts (if you get one of the PhD scholarships). They will find a new Master's degree programme at Arts for you and make a credit transfer for the courses previously completed as part of your degree programme at Master’s level. On this page you can see all the Master's degree programmes at Aarhus University (choose "Faculty" - "Arts" to see the programmes at Arts): https://kandidat.au.dk/en/ 

    This means that you will be both a Master’s degree student and a PhD student during part A of the PhD degree programme (4+4).


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.

Further information:

For further information about the PhD degree structure at Arts please see this page.


Open call

PhD scholarships/fellowships where you apply with your own project

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).


Open call, October 2020 (4+4 and 5+3)

Specific calls

PhD scholarships where the topic for the project is written in the call

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").

At gøre data-arbejde synligt: Viden, færdigheder og professioner i forandring i sundhedsvæsenet (5+3)


Urban Societies in Past Worlds (5+3) 


IT, etik og overvågning i sundhedssektoren (4+4/5+3)  


Idea Management, Tools, and Workflows in Creative Work (5+3)


Illegal excavations in Apulia. Methodologies to recontextualise illicit pottery (4+4/5+3) 


Modelling climatic changes during the Late Pleistocene (15,000-11,000 BP) in Europe and their eco-cultural relevance (5+3)



Building High-Quality EC Systems Supported by International Evidence (BESSIE) (5+3)


External calls/funding

PhD fellowships/scholarship from a company, foundation, museum etc.

Lingnan University

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) is a PhD fellowship scheme that the Research Grants Council (RGC) of Hong Kong has establishedThe Scheme is aimed at attracting the best and brightest students from around the world to come for PhD studies in Hong Kong. Each Fellowship awardee will be provided with a monthly stipend of HK$26,600* (US$1=HK$7.8) and a conference/research-related travel allowance of up to HK$13,300/year* for a maximum period of three years by the RGC. In addition, the full tuition fee for a non-local Fellowship awardee will be waived by Lingnan for his/her first year of study. For an awardee with a normative study period of four years, the University will offer the same level of Fellowship and conference/research-related travel allowance for his/her fourth year of study.

Applicants may seek admission to our PhD programmes in two ways as follows: 

  • Apply via the HKPFS during the period from 1 September to 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong Time 12:00 noon). Applicants who apply for and do not get the Fellowship can still be considered for the regular PhD places at Lingnan. 
  • Apply to the University directly from 2 November 2020 to 22 January 2021. Normally, full-time PhD students will be awarded full Postgraduate Studentships. In 2020-21, the monthly stipend is HK$18,090* before confirmation of candidature and HK$18,440* after confirmation of candidature.

*Amount subjects to annual review. The University may also award a partial studentship which is a fraction of the amount for a full studentship to students.  

For more details regarding application methods and requirements, please visit our website at www.LN.edu.hk/sgs/docs/pgrad/. Should you have any queries, you are most welcome to contact the School of Graduate Studies (tel.: (852) 2616 8720; email: rpgadm@LN.edu.hk).

Prospectus 2021-22
PhD leaflet 2021-22
Poster 2021-22
Summary of Departmental Strengths 2021-22

How to apply

  1. Apply for funding
    Apply for the funding for the PhD fellowship/scholarship from the external source.

  2. Letter of funding
    When you have received the detailed letter of funding you can apply for enrolment.
    Please see the costs of enrolment on this page.

  3. Apply for enrolment
    Once you have the full funding for the enrolment you can apply for enrolment. Please contact the programmes PhD administrator for the ad hoc link to the application facility.

    You cannot use the application form from the links in the open/specific calls. You have to apply for enrolment on a different form using the ad hoc link sent to you directly by the PhD administrator when you want to apply for enrolment only.