What does employment as a PhD scholar entail

Danish PhD programmes are subject to fees and PhD students are not entitled to state grants. Students are therefore responsible for finding ways to finance their studies. A PhD scholarship is a fixed-term appointment lasting 36 months. PhD scholars may be employed in the following ways:

  • By the Faculty of Humanities, following a vacancy announcement or a grant from a funding body
  • Externally, as an employee of a private- or public-sector company.

The PhD scholar’s position is terminated the moment that they submit a PhD thesis for assessment – or, at the latest, after 36 months of employment. This time limit may be extended on request for PhD scholars who avail themselves of the legal right to leave – maternity/paternity and adoption leave – during the course of their studies. Extensions may also be granted in cases of long-term illness and national service. Please note, however, that enrolment as a PhD student does not necessarily entail employment.