For international applicants

The Faculty of Health, Aarhus University welcomes international candidates to apply for a PhD position at the faculty. Before and when applying for a PhD, there are certain matters that you need to take into consideration. Below we have gathered some information relevant to you as an international PhD applicant.

How to apply for a PhD position at Health, AU

Before you apply it is important that you read about our application requirements in our application guide. For instance, please be aware that you must have found a possible main supervisor at the Faculty of Health, at least one co-supervisor and have prepared a project description in English before you apply together with them.

Learn about our Graduate Programmes (GP), see our open calls and find information about the application process.

Equivalence assessment

Enrolment to the Graduate Programmes requires that you have completed a Danish Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or similar relevant five-year degree programme.

If you have any other Danish or a foreign education, you can ask for an equivalence assessment before applying for enrolment to make sure that you are qualified.

Learn more about equivalence assessment.

Residence and work permit

If you are not a Danish citizen, you are required to hold a PhD work and residence permit in order to be enrolled as a PhD student at Health, Aarhus University. The scope of the permits differs according to your citizenship (EU/EEA citizenship vs. Non EU/EEA citizenship).

Read more about the general conditions for international PhD students and permission to reside and work in Denmark (AU International Academic Staff Service website). 

Application process

Please note that the process of obtaining a work and residence permit may take up to 2 months. You cannot be enrolled until the 1st of the month after you have obtained your permits.

You can only apply for a residence and work permit you to apply for enrolment and be offered admission. You need your letter of employment and enrolment.

Your application for the work and residence permit can only be started by the Graduate School of Health. Please contact us at in order to start the application process.

To complete the application process, you need your letter of employment and enrolment. Therefore, it is important that you accept the admission offer by filling in the confirmation form and uploading the financial statement as soon as possible.

Grants for shorter stays

If you are considering applying for a PhD position at Health, Aarhus University, and have a qualifying degree from a non-Danish university or are enrolled at a non-Danish university, you are eligible to apply for a grant to fund a research stay at Health prior to potential enrolment in the PhD programme. The grant is funded by Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF). There are two types of grants:

  • A grant of DKK 15,000 as funding for a research stay at Health for 1-3 months:
    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 an assessment of the candidate’s suitability for PhD studies at Health, and the stay can therefore be used for preparing an application for PhD enrolment and a general introduction to the local research environment.
  • A grant of DKK 15,000 as funding for a research stay at Health for 3-6 months:
    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 programme. 

General information

An AUFF 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.

Please note, for stays in Denmark longer than 90 days the candidate is considered a resident and will need to register for social security number and tax card, get a Danish bank account, and acquire a resident certificate (EU citizens) or work permit (non-EU citizens).

For stays of 90 days or less the candidate will not be considered a resident and the scholarship is transferred to the candidate’s home bank account – usually tax exempted but depending on the decision of the tax authorities.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted by the supervisor, who must be an employee at Health. Use the form "Application for funding of research stay at Health".

Candidates can use "Find a Researcher" or the webpages of the departments to contact potential supervisors at Health. Find information about areas of research in health science.

Unfortunately, the administration is unable to assist in getting a supervisor.

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

The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University will be offering a number of scholarships each year, with expected application deadlines in March and September.

Applications can only be submitted when there is an open call. Find the open calls.


The Aarhus University Research Foundation offers microfunding in order to help international PhD students and researchers who have economic constraints with their move to Denmark. The funding is targeted applicants from low-income countries.

Read more about micro funding at the AU International Centre website

Double/joint PhD degree

PhD students enrolled at a university abroad can obtain a supplementary PhD degree from Health – a so called PhD double/joint degree. The option is worth considering if the PhD project already requires the PhD student to spend time in Aarhus collaborating with Health researchers.

Read more about joint/double PhD degree at our page Types of PhD.