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Open call (4+4 and 5+3), 2020-1

PhD scholarships/fellowships for the PhD degree programme – open call (4+4 and 5+3 scheme)

A number of fully-funded SU PhD scholarships (4+4) and PhD fellowships (5+3) are announced at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University provided the necessary funding is available. These scholarships/fellowships are available as of 1 September 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3) and of up to four years (4+4). Candidates who are awarded the scholarship/fellowships must commence their PhD degree programme on 1 September 2020.

The PhD scholarships/fellowships are available in all fields and areas of research at the Faculty of Arts.

A prerequisite for allocation of a SU PhD scholarship/PhD fellowship is that you are enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the current regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the Universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the Graduate School’s PhD degree programme (4+4 and 5+3): http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

As a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, you are affiliated with one of the school’s 8 academic PhD programmes:

  • ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism
  • Art, Literature and Cultural Studies
  • Language, Linguistics, Communication and Cognition
  • History, Archaeology and Classical Studies
  • Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion
  • Theology, History of ideas  and Philosophy
  • Didactics
  • Learning and Education

Candidates who are awarded a PhD scholarship/fellowship will be assigned a place of work in connection with the relevant research culture (Campus Aarhus or Campus Emdrup), normally in affiliation with the principal supervisor’s school. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

The faculty’s research programmes:
School of Communication and Culture: http://cc.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/
School of Culture and Society: http://cas.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/
Danish School of Education: http://edu.au.dk/en/research/research-programmes/
Centre of Teaching Development and Digital Media: http://tdm.au.dk/en/research/research-projects/


4+4 programme

When you apply for a Graduate School SU PhD scholarship (4+4), you must be able to document relevant qualifications in the academic area of the PhD project in the form of a Bachelor’s degree and one year of Master’s degree studies or equivalent qualifications. A prerequisite for allocation of SU PhD scholarships is that these qualifications are acquired no later than 31 August 2020.

Applicants who have acquired 60 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination and applicants who will have acquired 60 to 90 ECTS credits in a Master’s degree examination after the deadline for application can apply for a combined SU and PhD scholarship in the 4+4 scheme. Applicants who have already earned 90 ECTS credits at the time of application should apply for the 5+3 PhD fellowship as long as the Master’s degree programme is completed no later than the day before the PhD enrolment starts.

The duration of Part A of the PhD degree programme depends on the number of ECTS credits earned at the commencement of study. The duration is estimated based on the information in the application about the number of ECTS credits earned and those to be awarded upon satisfactory completion of current courses.

A condition for being allocated a combined SU and PhD scholarship is that the applicant passes this examination prior to the commencement of studies.

SU PhD scholarships are allocated in accordance with the Ministerial Order regarding state educational support (SU), section II: https://www.retsinformation.dk/Forms/R0710.aspx?id=192525 (Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme Authority – only in Danish. Please see this page for further information http://www.su.dk/english/).

In connection with the SU PhD scholarship, a PhD scholar can undertake paid work amounting to 280 hours distributed over part A of the studies. Employment in accordance with protocol regarding PhD scholars; agreement regarding payment of PhD students for work carried out in connection with the PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

SU PhD-points and hourly pay: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/#SU  


5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year Graduate School PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 August 2020.

PhD students under the 5+3 programme and under part B of the 4+4 programme receive a regular salary. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3/



If you require academic guidance regarding your application for a SU PhD scholarship/PhD fellowship please contact the relevant PhD programme director: http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/

The application can be written in both Danish and English.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/  

Applications for the SU PhD scholarships/PhD fellowships and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/


Application deadline: 15 March 2020 at 23:59 Danish time (CET/CETS).

Reference Number: 2020-1


During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.