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

Information meetings

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

NEW!!! 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.

Language studies

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:


Open call

PhD scholarships/fellowships where you apply with your own project

The graduate schools own open PhD scholarships (4+4)/fellowships (5+3)

Open call, October 2016 (4+4 and 5+3)


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.




Specific calls

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

AI in Digital Sociology (5+3)


Social Mediations through Communication Technology (4+4)



The present and future of digital tools and materials in design and knowledge work (5+3)



Rethinking project management education – The role of the universities (5+3)



The economic/cultural history and anthropology of urban networks (5+3)



The flow of archaeological materials (5+3)



Contextual analysis of archaeological contexts (5+3)



Middle Class Urbanism. An interdisciplinary study of the physical reordering of urban sub-Saharan Africa (5+3)



Philosophy with a specialization in Kant  (5+3)



N.F.S. Grundtvig's educational thinking in the tension between rationality and emotionality (4+4 or 5+3)



Integrative Social Robotics (5+3)



External calls

PhD scholarships from a company, foundation, museum etc.


First you apply for the PhD scholarship from the external source.

If you get the scholarship:
When your are ready to apply for enrolment please contact the programmes PhD administrator for the link to the application facility. You have to apply for enrolment at the graduate school after receiving the grant/scholarship.



External funding

If you have a full PhD scholarship/fellowship already you have to apply for enrolment on a different link than the links below. The links for the application facility below are only for applicants who want to apply for one of our PhD scholarship/fellowship.

Please see this page.


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Revised 23.09.2016