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Notification deadlines

The department must be notified when the first day of illness begins. In case of illness lasting more than 14 days, the PhD administration must also be notified, as the PhD administration obtains refund from the public sector for employees absent due to illness.

Hence, notification of illness lasting more than 14 days must take place on the 13th day of illness, and both the department and the PhD administration must be notified. As soon as illness has ended, the PhD administration must be notified. According to rules applying, employment can be extended if absence due to illness can be documented.

If you fail to notify the graduate school of long term illness your enrolment/employment will not be extended with the period of absence due to illness.

Non-EU citizens

Your residence permit has been granted subject to a number of conditions. It is important that all conditions are met at all times. If not, you may lose your right to stay in Denmark. If you are residing in Denmark on the basis of a PhD student permit (PhD1 or PhD2) one of the conditions are that you must participate actively in the study programme forming the basis for the residence permit. If you are on sick leave this condition is not met and being on sick leave can mean that you lose your right to stay in Denmark. Please contact your PhD programme administrator or The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) if you have any questions in this regard.

Holiday during illness

PhD students (not employed at Aarhus University)

If holiday takes place within a period where you are absent due to illness, the department as well as the PhD administration must be notified well in advance. Please notice that holiday must take place on full time, even though the period of illness takes place on part-time.

Employed at Aarhus University (5+3 or part B of 4+4)

Illness is a holiday obstacle. This means that you are not allowed to take a holiday while you are absent from work due to illness. This applies to all PhD fellows at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University who are registered as being fully absent from work due to illness. 
   If you return to work on a part-time basis, please note that if you inform the municipality that you have recovered from your illness with a view to taking a holiday while you are still partially absent due to illness, problems may arise if you subsequently wish to be absent due to illness again after this holiday. In these circumstances, the municipality alone decides whether this is possible. So you need to ensure that any return to absence due to illness is permitted before contacting the PhD administration about your holiday. This is to prevent the graduate school from losing the reimbursement to which it is entitled. 
   Please inform Bettina H. Acthon (PhD administration) of the holiday period in question in good time, as well as informing her of the municipality’s decision about returning to full absence from work due to illness after your holiday. 
   You are responsible for ensuring that the person who registers holiday periods at your school/department updates your holiday record in the AUHRA system.

Going abroad during illness

Employed at Aarhus University (5+3 or part B of 4+4) 

Our right to reimbursements only applies if you remain in Denmark while you are absent from work due to illness. This applies to both full-time and part-time absence due to illness. 

Applies to non-Danish PhD fellows:
An exception can be made if the doctor (for health reasons) recommends that you travel to your home country. If you plan on leaving Denmark you must contact your social worker prior to departure. If the municipality does not approve your request we will lose the reimbursement. Please let us know prior to departure if the municipality has approved your request.


The absence must be one month or more in total (full-time and uninterrupted) in order to result in an extension.

Example 1

This person has been ill for a period of 46 days (6 weeks and 4 days) but the absence only corresponds to 31 days (4 weeks and 3 days) full-time.

3.6.2018 - 18.6.2018 - ill 37 hours per week - corresponding to 16 days (full-time)
19.6.2018 - 18.7.2018 - ill 18.5 hours per week - corresponding to 15 days (full-time).
= 31 days (full-time)

The absence is a month and the PhD enrolment/employment will be extended.

If the person above had started working full-time for a day or more between the full-time illness and the part-time illness the absence would not be uninterrupted and we would not be able to extend the enrolment/employment.

Example 2

This person has been ill for a period of 63 days (9 weeks) but the absence only corresponds to 24 days (3 weeks and 3 days) full-time.

1.10.2018 - 28.10.2018 - ill 15 hours per week - corresponding to 12 days (full-time)
29.10.2018 - 2.12.2018 - ill 12 hours per week - corresponding to 12 days (full-time)
= 24 days (full-time)

The absence is less than a month and the PhD enrolment/employment will not be extended.

Your enrolment/employment ends during leave

The graduate school is not legally obliged under the PhD agreement to extend the PhD degree programme on the grounds of illness. However, we do have the authority to grant an extension corresponding to the period of absence during enrolment – subject to documentation showing that this absence has delayed the degree programme. The graduate school deals with all cases individually.

Your enrolment/employment can only be extended for the part of your leave that is placed within your period of enrolment/employment. If your enrolment/employment ends during leave, your enrolment and salary payments will stop unless you can resume work full-time no later than the day after the enrolment/employment ended.

Your employment can maximum be extended for a period corresponding to the period of absence which took place before your enrolment/employment ended. The extension will apply from the day you have resumed your PhD studies full-time.

Doctor's note

As of 1 November 2018 the rules for submission of the doctor’s note has changed for 4+4 and 5+3 students employed at Aarhus University. A declaration of duration (Varighedserklæring) must be submitted as soon as possible after the official notification of illness has been received.

PhD students with external employment (as well as 4+4 and 5+3 students employed at the Aarhus University on sick leave before 1 November 2018) must still enclose a doctor's note (Friattest) covering the full period of absence when submitting the application for extension due to illness.

The graduate school pays for doctor's note, if it is submitted as an electronic invoice. Please make sure that the following information is written on the invoice:

EAN-nummer: 5798000418271
Sted: 1231
Projekt: 12089
Aktivitet: 33997
Attention: ph.d.-skolen, Arts
Name: Your name must be stated in the electronic invoice.

Do not pay for the doctor's note yourself it must be submitted as an electronic invoice from your doctor!

Bekendtgørelse om elektronisk afregning med offentlige myndigheder

BEK nr. 206 af 11.03.2011

§ 5. Regninger til offentlige myndigheder skal sendes, så de modtages elektronisk i et format, der er læseligt for den offentlige myndighed og umiddelbart kan indlæses i myndighedens fakturahåndterings- eller økonomisystem. Fysiske og juridiske personer, der ikke har mulighed for at fremsende regninger elektronisk fra eget faktureringssystem, kan fremsende regninger via udfyldelse af en fakturaskabelon.

Send invoice: 

Psychological Counselling Service

AU has entered an agreement with Dansk Krisekorps, a health advisory company, to provide psychological counselling for all the University's employees. For further information please see this page: medarbejdere.au.dk/en/administration/hr/workingenvironment/psychological-work-environment/psychological-counselling-service/

Rules and regulations


Aarhus University

The Danish ministerial order on sickness benefits  

The National Labour Market Authority

  • Employee absence due to illness - employer guide (The National Labour Market Authority's website): Danish version

Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme

  • 4+4 part A:
    • No more than four month of absence within a contiguous period of 12 month. I.e. max four month of illness within the last 12 month when counting back. If the first period of absence due to illness lasts four months, the next period of absence due to illness cannot take place until one year (12 month) after the first period of illness.
    • You can not get an extension of part B due to absence on part A.
  • Further guidelines on student's Grants and Loans scheme: Danish version

The Danish Cancer Society

  • Compassionate leave - leave due to care of very ill or dying relatives (The Danish Cancer Society's website): Danish version