Open calls

Call for PhD applications for enrolment and Part A scholarships for Integrated PhD

The Graduate School of Health is now accepting applications for enrolment and Part A scholarships for integrated PhD.

Furthermore a number of research training supplements are allocated. Please note that you no longer have to apply for a research training supplement – applicants are automatically considered for a research training supplement when applying for enrolment.

Both the Part A scholarships for integrated PhD and the research training supplements are allocated in relation to the drawn up strategic criteria:

  • Early recruitment of talents
  • Mobility
  • Interdisciplinary co-operation and networking
  • Co-operation with the business community, university colleges and other external partners in municipalities and regions

For applicants for Part A scholarships for integrated PhD, meeting the strategic criteria “early recruitment of talents” will be a precondition to come into consideration.

For allocation of a research training supplement, the same strategic target areas will be emphasized in the prioritizing of applicants, but a high score on minimum one of the strategic criteria is not a precondition to come into consideration.

Read more about the strategic criteria

Both Part A scholarships for integrated PhD granted and research training supplements will be allocated to the department at Aarhus University, where the PhD student will be enrolled. A filled out and signed financial statement is not mandatory as part of the application, but has to be signed and submitted before enrolment.

Read more about the fellowship scheme

Application criteria

To apply for a 3-year PhD study programme you must have completed a relevant Master’s degree. The Master’s study has to be equivalent to a Danish Master’s degree of 120 ECTS – If you are preparing an application together with a main supervisor, and would like to have your degree assessed, you can submit your diplomas for an assessment via

Important dates

  • Application deadline: 17 September 2018 at 11:59 pm (midnight)
  • Earliest possible starting date: 1 November 2018
  • Reply: End of October 2018
  • An offer of enrolment is valid for a year (until 1 November 2019). Please note, for recipients of Part A scholarships for integrated PhD the offer is only valid for six months.

General criteria for PhD applications

All applications will be evaluated based on the submitted material using the following criteria. The time for research experience after the qualifying exam is taken into consideration.

The project (40 % of the total evaluation)

  • The project description; including the PhD student’s part in defining the project
  • The standard and volume of the project – is there sufficient scientific weight for a PhD? Is the project appropriate for the enrolment period?
  • The projects originality and innovative aspects
  • The scientific level of the project
  • How does the project stem from the newest knowledge in the field?
  • The project’s use of varied methods and techniques
  • Is the project developed across disciplines, including e.g. primary research/clinical research
  • Does the project entail supporting evidence of feasibility, e.g. the power (of test), or a description of alternative possible solutions to the raised scientific question?

The applicant (40 % of the total evaluation)

  • Research experience (in relation to the length of the actual research time) including participation in journal clubs and conferences and publications (accepted and/or published)
  • Early recruitment (integrated PhD)
  • Grades
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Motivation
  • Other qualifications

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

  • The scientific environment including:
    A. how the main supervisor and co-supervisors contribute to the completion of the PhD study, their availability and the number of students already supervised by the main supervisor and co-supervisors
    B. how the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (locally and/or through a research stay abroad)
    C. activities across disciplines and sectors
  • Courses
  • Dissemination
  • Learning targets
  • Mobility, including statement from host institution
  • Main supervisor statement

The application

The application and all mandatory attachments, incl. the project description, must be in English. If the project description is not in English, the application will be rejected by the administration.

Please note that we will evaluate the application as it is when the deadline has passed. It is not possible to submit any material for the application after the deadline.

Furthermore, please be aware that we only evaluate one application per applicant per call. Thus, if you have submitted more than one application, we reserve the right only to evaluate the last application received.

Please note that PhD students who are already enrolled are not eligible for PhD fellowships and/or research training supplements.  Applications from enrolled PhD students will not be taken into consideration.

How to apply

Access the application form by clicking ‘PhD Call August 2018’ OR 'PhD Call August 2018' at the bottom of this page. The call is only for applicants who want to be a part of the molecular medicine PhD programme.

Please choose the GP that reflects the department of employment of your future main supervisor. Please note that the administration will relocate your application to the appropriate GP, if necessary.

Application guide for PhD

Call for PhD applications for open project proposals with fully financed fellowships

16 highly competitive PhD Positions for world-class PhD projects within health science at Aarhus University, Denmark

The Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University is recruiting talented, ambitious and highly motivated candidates for three-year fully financed PhD positions.

We offer 16 challenging world-class PhD projects ranging from Biomedicine and Public Health Science to Clinical Medicine, Forensic Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health. See the list of all available projects.

Our PhD training programme

We offer a competitively salaried 3-year PhD training programme covering a wide spectrum of research opportunities with access to state-of-the-art research facilities and advanced infrastructure. Professional and highly qualified researchers and lecturers will surround you in an exciting, international research environment.

Aarhus University is committed to career development. As a PhD student, you will get intensive and dedicated supervision and access to an extensive course programme including training in transferable skills such as project management and communication. Combined with access to career counselling  you will get the opportunity to develop your career, direct your training and take the required steps to reach your career goals. For career development beyond the PhD degree, please see our Junior Researcher Programme.

Get more details on which elements our PhD training programme include.

Aarhus University

Aarhus University is a young, modern university. It is a leading public research university with global reach, covering the entire research spectrum, and ranked in the top-100 by several influential rankings. With half of the student population enrolled at Master’s or PhD level Aarhus University is a graduate university with many international students representing over 100 nationalities.

In beautiful and natural surroundings and with an internationally acclaimed campus area, Aarhus University is located in the middle of the vibrant student city of Aarhus. Nearby is the newly build and largest university hospital in Northern Europe: Aarhus University Hospital.


To be considered for a PhD position, you must meet our requirements for enrolment:

  • You must have a relevant higher education degree. Your educational level will be assessed to determine whether it comply with entry requirements. If you hold a degree other than a Danish Master’s degree, it can be advisable to get your degree assessed by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education before you apply.
  • Your qualifying degree should not be more than 5 years old and we prefer applicants without a prior PhD degree.
  • You must master the English language corresponding to CEFR C1-level (comparable with an ‘English B level’ in the Danish upper secondary school (‘gymnasium’). We require a test result.
  • You must comply with the project specific qualification requirements.

Conditions of employment

You will be employed as a PhD fellow in a 3-year salaried position (37 hrs per week) (FTE). Aarhus University offers attractive and flexible working conditions, and encourages a healthy balance between work and free time. The salary level is competitive and includes social benefits.

Our International Centre offers a full range of services for international PhD students, including help with practical matters, housing, social events, language courses and information sessions.

Learn more about working at Aarhus University.


Submit your application in English via our online application form. You will find an application link in the relevant project proposal. See the list of all available projects.

You can apply for max three projects (if you apply for more than three projects your application will be disregarded). Application deadline is 17 September 2018 at 23:59 (CEST). See application guide for details on how to apply.

Selected candidates are invited for a recruitment day of interviews, presentations and matchmaking on 14 November 2018 in Aarhus, Denmark. We reimburse travel, hotel and visa expenses within a fixed amount.

Successful candidates will receive an offer of enrolment and employment. Next, you must prepare a final 5-page project description in collaboration with your supervisors before enrolment can commence. Earliest enrolment date is 1 January 2019 and up until six months after you receive the enrolment offer.


For further information about the graduate school or the application procedure, please contact or visit our website For information about Aarhus University, please visit

Call for applicants – Research Honours Programme

It is now possible to apply for enrolment in the Research Honours Programme, starting 1 October 2018.

A Research Honours Programme offers all Master’s degree students from the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University a new way in to research.

In order to apply, the student must have obtained a Bachelor's or Professional Bachelor's degree and be enrolled in a Master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Health, Aarhus University and be about to begin their Master’s studies (or to begin 2nd semester, if the study was commenced in February 2018).

Read more about the Research Honours Programme, and find the application guide.

The application must be sent as one combined pdf-file to no later than 31 August 2018, midnight.

In case of more qualified applicants than available positions, interviews will be held 13 September 2018. Invitations for interviews will be sent in the beginning of week 36.

All applicants will get a response no later than 21 September 2018.