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How to become a PhD student

In Denmark, PhD programmes are subject to fees. As well as applying for enrolment in the PhD School, prospective students also have to find their own funding – a PhD scholarship – in order to be appointed as a PhD scholar.
Read more about what it means to be employed as a PhD scholar.

Applicants who respond to a vacancy announcement and apply for a position as a PhD scholar at Faculty of Humanities are also automatically applying to enrol in the PhD School, as the enrolment and appointment processes are concurrent.

Students with an external grant may apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the Faculty of Humanities at any time. They must be able to provide documentation for the grant, and prove that it will cover the costs of their studies, wages and living expenses for three years. These requirements are designed to ensure that students are able to study full-time and that the Faculty is able to comply with the PhD Order by ensuring that students complete their PhD programmes on time.
Read more about employment with external funding.

Funding a PhD

There are several ways to fund PhD studies, e.g. applying for one of the Faculty’s PhD scholarships or for an Industrial PhD. 
Read more about the types of scholarship.

Scholarship advertisements

These are essentially vacancy announcements for positions as PhD scholars at the Faculty of Humanities.
See current scholarship advertisements.

Requirements for admission and applications

Applicants for enrolment in the PhD programme at the Faculty of Humanities must have a master’s or extended master’s degree, or have passed examinations at an equivalent level (min. 120 ECTS credits).
Read more about the admission requirements and application criteria.

Application procedure

The application must include a detailed project description. There are a number of aspects that must be borne in mind during the application process.
Read more about the application procedure.