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Parental leave

Current maternity/paternity rules (5+3 and 4+4 part B)

Employed PhD students following the 5+3 scheme or part B of the 4+4 scheme

These rules apply to children born 1 August 2022 or earlier.

Your employment will be extended for the part of your leave taken within your period of employment.

If your employment expire during maternity/paternity or adoption leave, your employment will be extended with the remaining period of leave. This means that you will continue to receive your monthly salary for the paid part of the leave after the employment expires. The leave with daily benefits does not change when your employment expires. Furthermore, your employment will be extended with the part of the leave taken before the employment expired. This means that - after ending your leave – you will return to work for a period which corresponds to the absence within the period of employment.

The graduate school does not extend the enrolment or employment for any leave of absence held without prior written consent from the graduate school. 


Aarhus University

  • AU HR's website - information, notifications and forms for employee (5+3 scheme and part B of the 4+4 scheme): Danish version - English version
  • Holiday year ends during leave
    If you have been prevented from taking holiday for a recognised reason, e.g. illness, maternity/paternity leave or adoption, which has lasted until expiry of the holiday period on 31 December, the first four holiday weeks will automatically be carried forward to the next holiday period. 
    For further information please see: Danish version - English version
  • AU HR memo of 20 August 2012 on childcare days for PhD students: Danish version

The Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration

The Ministry of Employment

For international PhD students - Life in Denmark.dk

New maternity/paternity rules as of 2 August 2022

Employed PhD students following the 5+3 scheme or part B of the 4+4 scheme

The new rules will apply to children born on 2 August 2022 or later.
Children born before 2 August 2022 comply with the current maternity/paternity rules.

22 weeks out of the 48 weeks in total have been earmarked (11 weeks for the mother and 11 weeks for the father). These earmarked weeks cannot be shared or transfered between the parents and will be lost if the respective parents do not take the leave. The last 26 weeks can be shared between the parents.

See this page for further information on the new parental rules:  Danish version - English version

The new parental forms will be uploaded to HR's website in July or August. Until the new forms are available please use parental form 1 to notify us of your future leave.

PhD students (4+4 part A)

PhD students following part A of the 4+4 scheme


Overview - parental leave rules: Danish version - English version   

  • Mother: up to 12 month = up to 24 SU-points (no sooner than 2 months before and up to 12 months after - however, maximum 12 months in total)
  • Father: up to six month = up to 12 SU-points
  • Ministerial Order of Law on SU - The Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme: Danish version (afsnit II)
  • Ministerial Order on SU PhD scholarships: Danish version 

Other rules and guidelines

  • Ministerial Order on the act on entitlement to leave and benefits in the event maternity/paternity leave (barselsloven): Danish version
  • Ministerial Order on the right to maternity/paternity benefits: Danish version
  • Ministerial Order of Law on equal treatment of men and women in regard to employment etc.: Danish version
  • The Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration circular on Parental leave, adoption and childcare days: Danish version
  • Ministerial Order of Law on sick pay or maternity pay: Danish version
  • HR at Aarhus University - Holiday and parental leave: Danish version - English version