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

Deadline, Reply and Enrolment start

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

Mandatory attachments

Timetable (mandatory attachment to project description)

The timetable is no longer a part of the project description’s limit of 12,000 characters including spaces.

Please upload the new form for the timetable in the same file as the project description with the project description first then timetable and list of project literature.


Other mandatory attachments

Please see this page for a list of the mandatory attachments.


If you are missing one or more of the mandatory attachments your application will be rejected without assessment.

Language studies (Arts and Aarhus BSS)

Aarhus University has decided to reorganize the language programmes at Arts and Aarhus BSS, so that the language programmes in future (from January 2017) will be merged and organized within the Faculty of Arts. If you have plans to apply for a PhD programme at Aarhus BSS Graduate School with a project in language studies, then you are instead advised to apply for a PhD programme in Language, Linguistics and Cognition at The Graduate School, Arts:

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?

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 when the Master’s thesis has been submitted for assessment.

Master's degree (passed)

  • Danish Master's degree
    If you have a Master's degree 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 are required to apply for enrolment and credit transfer for all courses previously completed as part of your degree programme at Master’s level (if you get the 4+4 scholarship). 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).

Assessment of non-Danish qualifications

  • General assessments of degrees from specific countries, see this page.
  • Get your qualifications assessed, see this page.

Further information:

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


  • 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.

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, March 2017 (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).

Joint PhD degree between Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland and Aarhus University (5+3)


Philosophy with a specialization in Kant (5+3)



The comparative archaeology and history of early urban networks (5+3)



The flow of archaeological materials (5+3)



Contextual analysis of urban archaeological contexts (5+3)



Shareable Dynamic Media in Hybrid Meetings (5+3)



ARTlife – Afghans in Denmark negotiating pasts/ forming futures (5+3)



Unearned Wealth - A Literary History of Inheritance (5+3)



Effekten af PALS programmet på danske skolebørns trivsel, læring og adfærd (5+3)



Basic Income: Rethinking citizenship and societal participation (5+3)



Aging as a Human Condition: Radical Uncertainty and the Search for a Good (Old) Life (5+3)



Theological reflection on how to build the good city (4+4 or 5+3)


External calls/funding

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

There are no calls at the moment!

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.

English language requirements

Please see this page for the English language requirements.

The documentation for your language requirements (test results) cannot be added to your application after the application deadline.

We do not grant exemptions from the language requirements.