Types of PhD scholarships – University of Copenhagen

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Types of PhD scholarships

PhD students are not entitled to state grants and must apply for a scholarship to cover the costs of the programme and their salary. In terms of enrolment, all students are treated equally, irrespective of how the programme is funded. However, for external appointees, individual agreements are drawn up between the place of employment, the department and the PhD School.

Scholarships advertised by the Faculty

The Faculty of Humanities advertises various types of scholarships every year. These advertisements may be very specific or open calls. The scholarships are financed either by external research grants or from the Faculty’s own budget. Application deadlines are stated on the advertisements.

See advertisements for scholarships.

External funding

Students who do not apply in response to the Faculty of Humanities’ scholarship advertisements must find external funding to cover the enrolment fee, supervision, assessment and other project expenses – including any travel costs – as well as a salary and living costs for the 36 months of the PhD programme.

The funding may be from either private or public-sector sources, e.g. the Industrial PhD scheme run by Innovation Fund Denmark.  

Prospective students are responsible for researching their own external funding options. However, once a relevant source of funding has been identified and a draft application has been drawn up, they may contact the PhD School and seek advice about the formalities involved in applying for enrolment.

If external funding is obtained, this does not necessarily entail appointment at the University of Copenhagen. Instead, students may be employed externally in a private or public company, in which case a co-operation agreement must be drawn up.

Prospective students with external funding are welcome to apply for enrolment as a PhD student at any time. 
Read more.

Industrial PhD

An Industrial PhD is a partnership between the Faculty, one or more companies and the student. This means that the company hosts the PhD project and covers a proportion of the costs of the scholarship, and the Innovation Fund covers the rest. Pre-approval must be obtained from the PhD School before applying for this kind of scholarship.
Read more on the Innovation Fund Denmark website.

PhD project as part of a senior researcher project

PhD projects can be integrated into senior researcher projects, in which case the senior researcher may apply for funding for them, e.g. from the Danish Council for Independent Research or private foundations. Prospective students who obtain funding in this way and wish to be part of a collective research project should talk directly to a senior researcher about their projects and qualifications. 


Self-financing students pay the DKK 216,000 tuition fee themselves. Very few self-financing PhD students are admitted to the PhD School because the programme is full-time. It is important that applicants are able to prove they will be self-financing throughout the three years.

Potential self-financing students should contact the PhD administration

Submission of thesis without enrolment

Another option is to submit a thesis and pay a fee for assessment without having been enrolled at the PhD School.

See the PhD Order 15 (2).
See the PhD School’s guidelines for submission under 15, subsection 2.

Please contact the PhD School about any other questions about financing PhD studies.