Call for PhD applications! The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University


Call for PhD applications for enrolment and Part A scholarships for Integrated PhD

The Graduate School of Health,Aarhus University is now accepting applications for enrolment and Part A scholarships for integrated PhD.

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 Part A scholarships for integrated PhD 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 Part A scholarships for integrated PhD, meeting the strategic criteria “early recruitment of talents” 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 Part A scholarships for integrated PhD granted and research training supplements will be allocated to the department at Aarhus University, where the PhD student will be enrolled. A filled out and signed financial statement is not a mandatory 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: 19 November 2018 at 11:59 pm (midnight)
  • Earliest possible starting date: 1 February 2019
  • Reply: End January 2019
  • An offer of enrolment is valid for a year (until 1 February 2020). Please note, for recipients of Part A scholarships for integrated PhD 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:

  1. 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
  2. how the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (locally and/or through a research stay abroad)
  3. 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.


Application guide for PhD

Call for applications for funding of research stay at Health

Calls for AUFF grants are with the purpose of improving the internationalization of the PhD education at Health. The call is funded by Aarhus University Research Foundation, and is subject to sufficient funds.

There are two different options under this call. Both are applied for by the supervisor at Health:

Grant for recruitment of talented international candidates to the PhD program at Health
It is possible to apply for a grant for 1-3 months for a research stay at Health.

The grant awarded is a scholarship to international potential PhD students with a qualifying degree from a non-Danish university. The purpose of the research stay is to assess the candidate’s suitability for a PhD study at Health, and the stay can thus be used for preparing an application for PhD enrolment and a general introduction to the local research environment.

The research stay must be concluded by the end of 2019.

Travel grant for a research stay at Health for international PhD students
It is possible to apply for a grant for 3-6 months as funding for a research stay at Health.

The grant awarded is a scholarship to international PhD students enrolled at a non-Danish university. The purpose of the research stay is PhD studies and project work relevant to the candidate’s PhD program.

The research stay must be concluded by the end of 2019.

The grant consists of a scholarship of DKK 15,000 per month (taxed at source) to be used for living expenses (housing, course fees etc.) and travel expenses (transport, visa etc.). The grant cannot be used for project materials and permanent equipment or for travel expenses for family members.

The scholarship is not to be compared with a salaried position and is not extended due to maternity or paternity leave or sickness. It does not include holiday allowance or pension, and the candidate will not be covered by AU insurance.

How to apply
The applicant is the supervisor, who must be employed at Health.

Candidates can use ‘Find a Researcher’ or the webpages of the departments to contact potential supervisors at Health: Unfortunately, the administration is unable to assist in getting a supervisor.

Please use the application form. Applications must be emailed as one PDF file to no later than 2 December 2018.  A decision can be expected mid-December 2018.

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