How to finance a PhD

To enrol as a PhD student you need to have the necessary funds for study fees, salary and project expenses.

There are a number of ways to finance your PhD programme:

  • Fully financed fellowship: 3 x DKK 450,000
  • Research training supplement: DKK 550,000 transferred to the department
  • External financing: all costs are covered by an external part

See below to find more information about how to finance your PhD.

Fully financed fellowship

The Graduate School of Health offers a number of fully financed PhD fellowships in the four application rounds. For all fully financed fellowships it is required that you are employed at Aarhus University. No study fee is charged.

For ordinary PhD studies (based on a Master’s degree) the Graduate School of Health transfers 3 x DKK 450,000 to the department at AU for salary costs.

Example: fully financed PhD fellowship for a student enrolled by 1 February 2017

Calendar year

Year

Number of months

Amount

Transfer time

2017

1

11

412,500 (450,000/12*11)

Around time of enrolment

2018

2

12

450,000

First quarter of 2018

2019

3

12

450,000

First quarter of 2019

2020

4

1

37,500 (450,000/12)

First quarter of 2020

Total

1,350,000

 

 

For integrated PhD studies (based on a Bachelor’s degree and before obtaining a Master’s degree) we transfer DKK 300,000 for part A and 2 x DKK 450,000 for part B to the department at AU for the salary costs. No study fee is charged. 

Example: fully financed integrated PhD fellowship for a student enrolled by 1 February 2017

Calendar year

Year

Number of months

Amount

Transfer time

2017

1

11

137,500 (300,000/24*11)

Around time of enrolment

2018

2

12

150,000 (300,000/24*12)

First quarter of 2018

2019

3

12

425,000 (300,000/24*1= 12,500 + 450,000/12*11=412,500)

First quarter of 2019

2020

4

12

450,000

First quarter of 2020

2021

5

1

37,500 (450,000/12)

First quarter of 2021

Total

1,200,000

 

The research training supplement

When you apply for enrolment at the Graduate School of Health, you automatically apply for a research training supplement of DKK 550,000.

The research training supplement is not personal and is transferred to the department at AU where you are enrolled regardless of your place of employment.

The department has free disposal of the money, but it has to be used for PhD related expenses, including PhD salary.

The research training supplement is transferred to the department in three instalments, unless otherwise agreed:

  • The first instalment at the time of enrolment
  • The second instalment during the first quarter of the following year
  • The third instalment during the first quarter of the subsequent year

If you receive a research training supplement, you still have to pay 3 x DKK 60,000 in study fee.

Fully external financing

A PhD programme can be externally financed by private foundations, in part by the research training supplement via the department, for example, or by employment at a hospital.

If you are applying for external financing of your PhD project, you need to be aware of project-related costs in addition to the salary (including a salary supplement, if applicable) and study fee.

Project-related costs include purchase of special equipment, running costs, external courses, office fee (if applicable) as well as travelling for conferences and research stays etc.

Find more information about how much funding you need to apply for to cover the costs of a PhD.

Study fee

The study fee is DKK 60,000 per year of full-time study (in total DKK 180,000)

It covers the cost of the assessment of the PhD dissertation and participation in the Graduate School’s PhD courses.

The study fee is paid in three instalments, unless otherwise agreed:

  • The first instalment at the time of enrolment
  • The second instalment during the first quarter of the following year
  • The third instalment during the first quarter of the subsequent year

Already paid study fee instalments cannot be refunded.

Unless you receive a fully financed fellowship, all PhD students have to pay study fee.

Financial statement and employment

You need to document that the financing is in place before you can get enrolled.

Therefore a financial statement for the entire programme is a condition for enrolment and needs to be submitted when you accept an offer of enrolment. Find "Financial statement" in the right sidebar.

If you are employed at AU during your PhD, you also need to submit a “Recommendation for employment” and a “New Employee Information form” or “Recommendation for SU PhD grants for integrated PhD students” together with the financial statement (to be found in the right sidebar).

For all fully financed fellowships it is required that you are employed at Aarhus University.

Find out more about employment as a PhD fellow.