Open calls

Call for applications for enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowships

The Graduate School of Health is now accepting applications for enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowships.

Furthermore a number of research training supplements are allocated. Please note that you no longer have to apply for a research training supplement – applicants are automatically considered for a research training supplement when applying for enrolment.

Both the fully financed PhD fellowships and the research training supplements are allocated in relation to the drawn up strategic criteria:

  • Early recruitment of talents
  • Mobility
  • Interdisciplinary co-operation and networking
  • Co-operation with the business community, university colleges and other external partners in municipalities and regions

For applicants for a fully financed fellowship, a high score on minimum one of the strategic criteria will be a precondition to come into consideration.

For allocation of a research training supplement, the same strategic target areas will be emphasized in the prioritizing of applicants, but a high score on minimum one of the strategic criteria is not a precondition to come into consideration.

Read more about the strategic criteria by clicking here

Both fully financed PhD fellowships granted and research training supplements will be allocated to the department at Aarhus University, where the PhD student will be employed. A filled out and signed financial statement is not mandatory as part of the application, but has to be signed and submitted before enrolment.

Read more about the fellowship scheme by clicking here

Application criteria

To apply for a 3-year PhD study programme you must have completed a relevant Master’s degree. The Master’s study has to be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree of 120 ECTS – If you are preparing an application together with a main supervisor, and would like to have your degree assessed, you can submit your diplomas for an assessment via

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 15 May 2017 at 11:59 pm (midnight)
  • Earliest possible starting date: 1 September 2017
  • Interviews for selected applicants for fully financed PhD fellowships: planned to 14 August 2017 (invitations are send out in week 26)
  • Reply: End of August 2017
  • An offer of enrolment is valid for a year (until 1 September 2018). Please note, for recipients of fully financed PhD fellowships the offer is only valid for six months.

General criteria for PhD applications

All applications will be evaluated based on the submitted material using the following criteria. The time for research experience after the qualifying exam is taken into consideration.

The project (40 % of the total evaluation) 

  • The project description; including the PhD student’s part in defining the project
  • The standard and volume of the project – is there sufficient scientific weight for a PhD? Is the project appropriate for the enrolment period?
  • The projects originality and innovative aspects
  • The scientific level of the project
  • How does the project stem from the newest knowledge in the field?
  • The project’s use of varied methods and techniques
  • Is the project developed across disciplines, including e.g. primary research/clinical research
  • Does the project entail supporting evidence of feasibility, e.g. the power (of test), or a description of alternative possible solutions to the raised scientific question?

The applicant (40 % of the total evaluation) 

  • Research experience (in relation to the length of the actual research time) including participation in journal clubs and conferences and publications (accepted and/or published)
  • Early recruitment (integrated PhD)
  • Grades
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Motivation
  • Other qualifications

The research environment and PhD plan elements (20 % of the total evaluation) 

  • The scientific environment including:
    • How the main supervisor and co-supervisors contribute to the completion of the PhD study, their availability and the number of students already supervised by the main supervisor and co-supervisors
    • How the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (locally and/or through a research stay abroad)
    • Activities across disciplines and sectors
  • Courses
  • Dissemination
  • Learning targets
  • Mobility, including statement from host institution
  • Main supervisor statement

The application

The application and all mandatory attachments, incl. the project description, must be in English. If the project description is not in English, the application will be rejected by the administration.

Please note that we will evaluate the application as it is when the deadline has passed. It is not possible to submit any material for the application after the deadline.

Furthermore, please be aware that we only evaluate one application per applicant per call. Thus, if you have submitted more than one application, we reserve the right only to evaluate the last application received.

Please note that PhD students who are already enrolled are not eligible for PhD fellowships and/or research training supplements.  Applications from enrolled PhD students will not be taken into consideration.

How to apply

Access the application form by clicking ‘PhD Call’ OR 'PhD Call May 2017' at the bottom of this page. The call is only for applicants who want to be a part of the molecular medicine PhD programme.

Please choose the GP that reflects the department of employment of your future main supervisor. Please note that the administration will relocate your application to the appropriate GP, if necessary.

Application guide for PhD



Call of applications - Music in the Brain, Aarhus University

Applications are invited for PhD positions to join Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) investigating neurobiological foundations of music at Aarhus University (AU).

Four PhD fellowships are available at the Center for Music in the Brain (MIB), Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University (AU). The successful applicant will work on a 3-year research project examining the neural correlates of music in healthy individuals and/or patient populations using MRI (functional and structural), EEG and MEG, and be carrying out scientific research towards a PhD degree under supervision of MIB’s PIs and in collaboration with other team members. We envisage the positions will start at 1st December, 2017.

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at AU and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark (RAMA) aiming to address the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain and how this can inform our understanding of fundamental principles behind brain functioning in general. With a strong foundation in music practice and theory at the highest level and a focus on the clinical application of music, MIB combines neuroscientific, musicological and psychological research in music perception, action, emotion and learning with the potential to test prominent theories of brain function and to influence the way we play, teach, use and listen to music.

MIB is headed by Peter Vuust and the center is organized around four research topics:

  • Perception, led by Lauren Stewart (PI): centered around music perception and cognition
  • Action, led by Peter Vuust (PI, Director): centered around the processing of musical rhythms and the interaction between rhythm and motor behavior
  • Emotion, led by Morten Kringelbach (PI): centered around the relationship between music and emotions, and how and why music brings pleasure
  • Learning, led by Elvira Brattico (PI): centered around the effect of music training, expertise and individual traits

MIB is situated in the Danish Neuroscience Center at Health, AU allowing close interactions with residing clinicians, medical scientists and patient groups. This gives easy access to MINDLab Core Experimental Facility with an impressive infrastructure providing an array of state-of-the-art technologies (PET, MRI, MEG, EEG, tDCS, and TMS), and extensive support. MIB is furthermore affiliated with RAMA’s music teaching programmes of the highest national and international levels, training students as professional musicians and high-level music teachers.

AU provides an inspiring international research environment with excellent neuroscience facilities, and is consistently listed among the world's best 100 universities. Aarhus is a dynamic university city located on the Baltic coast in continental Denmark and surrounded by nature; it offers very high living standards, rich cultural and intellectual life, outdoor activities, excellent restaurant/nightlife scene, etc.

Read more about MIB here: 

We seek highly motivated persons with the following qualifications:

Essential criteria:

  • A master’s degree (120 ECTS), typically in the field of neuroscience, psychology, engineering, medicine, musicology, or other relevant education.
  • A strong interest in the cognitive neuroscience of music and empirical research.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (in English).
  • Experience of conducting empirical research.
  • Confidence in dealing with participants, health professionals and the wider research team.
  • Strong collaborative skills as the successful candidates will join a large multidisciplinary research environment.


  • Track record of publications.
  • Experience with statistical analysis of neuroimaging data modalities.
  • Expertise in computer programming and scripting (especially Matlab and/or C++).
  • Expertise with computers and operating systems (especially Linux).
  • Expertise in advanced statistical analysis.


The application must consist of a statement of interest, highlighting your motivations for applying for the position (max 1 page), full CV, diplomas, letter of recommendation/references and a short proposal for a study within the research area of MIB (maximum 2 pages). The application should be sent in one PDF file to Hella Kastbjerg ( by 7th May, 2017.

Additional information regarding this position can be obtained by contacting: Professor Peter Vuust, MIB, AU tel. +45 7846 1617, mail:


Please note that the selected candidates will have to apply for and get approved for enrolment at the AU Graduate School of Health ( in a separate procedure before officially starting as a PhD student. An enrolment at the Graduate School of Health requires a Danish Master’s degree or similar relevant five-year degree programme. Please note that if the Master’s degree is less than 120 ECTS credit points, the applicant must have comprehensive research-relevant activities.