Assessment of application

All applications are evaluated based on the submitted material within the deadline, using the criteria for PhD fellowships.

Assessment criteria

The criteria are elaborated in the guidelines "Criteria for allocation of fellowships and research training supplements" (see right sidebar).

The project (40 percent of the total evaluation)

  • The project description; including the PhD student’s part in designing the project.
  • The standard and volume of the project – is it adequate for a PhD? Is the project appropriate for the enrolment period?
  • The scientific level of the project.
  • The use of varied methods and techniques.
  • How does the project stem from the newest knowledge in the field?
  • Does the project entail supporting evidence of feasibility, e.g. the power (of test)?

The applicant (40 percent of the total evaluation)

  • CV; including:
    • A list of publications (if any) - assessed in comparison to time of active research.
    • Educational background.
    • Grades.
    • Extracurricular activities.
    • Research experience.
  • Motivation.
  • Other qualifications.

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

  • Supervisors; including statement from the main supervisor.
  • Scientific environment.
  • Courses, dissemination and mobility (research stays, stays abroad).
  • International/interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Collaboration (if any) with a company.

Interviews and fully financed fellowships

Invitation for interview

Applicants for fully financed fellowships may be invited to an interview.

If invited, the applicant will receive an invitation by email. The interviews will take place at one of Aarhus University’s locations.

If necessary, the interview can be carried out using Skype or video conference.

The interview

Who will participate?
The three Heads of the Graduate Programmes (GPs), the Head of Graduate School and one member from the recruitment committee will participate in the interview.

If the fully financed fellowships are offered within a certain area or with a particular focus, a relevant professional will attend the interview as well.

The structure of the interview
The applicant gets 20 minutes in total at the interview. He/she will be asked to begin the interview with a five minutes presentation of the project using layman’s terms. The interview committee will then ask a series of questions in relation to the project, motivation, career plans, personal qualifications and thoughts about being a researcher.

Feedback from the interview

The decision regarding who will receive the fellowships is always based on an individual, overall assessment, where all the assessment criteria are taken into consideration.

All applicants receive an email reply to their application. If the applicant has participated in an interview, he/she can wish to get personal feedback.

The assessment and Recruitment Committee

Applications are pre-assessed by the head of GP in collaboration with a selected pre-assessor and a member of the Recruitment Committee.

After the pre-assessment, the applications will be discussed at a meeting with the heads of GPs, the Recruitment Committee and the Head of Graduate School.

The final decision regarding both admission and fellowship is made by the Head of Graduate School, and the decision is final. 

See the list of members in the Recruitment Committee.