Open calls

Call for PhD applications for enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowships

The Graduate School of Health is now accepting applications for enrolment and fully financed PhD fellowships.

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 fully financed PhD fellowships 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 a fully financed fellowship, a high score on minimum one of the strategic criteria 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 by clicking here

Both fully financed PhD fellowships granted and research training supplements will be allocated to the department at Aarhus University, where the PhD student will be employed. 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 by clicking here.

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: 14 May 2018 at 11:59 pm (midnight)
  • Earliest possible starting date: 1 September 2018
  • Interviews for selected applicants for fully financed PhD fellowships: 14 August 2018 (invitations are send out in week 26)
  • Reply: End of August 2018
  • An offer of enrolment is valid for a year (until 1 September 2019). Please note, for recipients of fully financed PhD fellowships 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 May 2018’ OR 'PhD Call May 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 applications for funding of research stay at Health

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

There are two different options under this call. Both are applied for by the supervisor at Health:

Grant for recruitment of talented international candidates to the PhD program at Health
It is possible to apply for a grant for 1-3 months for a research stay at Health.

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 to assess the candidate’s suitability for a PhD study at Health, and the stay can thus be used for preparing an application for PhD enrolment and a general introduction to the local research environment.

The research stay must be concluded by the end of 2019.

Travel grant for a research stay at Health for international PhD students
It is possible to apply for a grant for 3-6 months as funding for a research stay at Health.

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 program.

The research stay must be concluded by the end of 2019.

The 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.

How to apply
The applicant is the supervisor, who must be employed at Health.

Candidates can use ‘Find a Researcher’ or the webpages of the departments to contact potential supervisors at Health: Unfortunately, the administration is unable to assist in getting a supervisor.

Please use the application form. Applications must be emailed as one PDF file to no later than 15 May 2018.  A decision can be expected mid-June 2018.

For questions please contact

PhD position: High-throughput sequencing and nanoscale ligand patterns: requirements for B-cell activation and immune response, Dept. of Biomedicine, Aarhus University

Applications are invited for a PhD fellowship/scholarship at Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Research area and project description:

During this project you will study events taking place during activation of the immune system. The project will combine studies on immune responses to defined nanoscale ligand patterns with the use of Single-cell RNA sequencing. Sequencing by Drop-seq allows analyses of gene expression in thousands of individual cells in a single experiment; in this project primarily B-cells will be the main cell of interest. The project will focus on the characterization of immune responses following exposure of the immune system to model antigens. The antigens in question will be generated using nanotechnologies with specific patterning of B-cell ligands. The experiments will involve in vitro experiments on presentation of such patterns to transgenic or knock-in B-cells combined with in vivo studies, including but not limited to the B1-8/NP system.

The project is highly interdisciplinary and part of a novel large Danish National Research Foundation center, CellPAT: Center for Cellular Signal Patterns, with partners at iNANO and HEALTH at Aarhus University as well as international institutions: King’s College London, UK, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU) and Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) Munich, Germany. The overall aim of the centre is to understand the role of multivalency and patterns in immune recognition, cell adhesion and signaling and disease. The student will collaborate with other students and post-doc’s within the project.

The 3-year PhD programme includes PhD courses (in total app. ½ year), writing scientific articles and the PhD dissertation, teaching and disseminating your research, active participation in scientific meetings etc.

Qualifications and specific competences:

Applicants to the PhD position must have a relevant Master’s degree in molecular biology, biochemistry, nanoscience or equivalent. Competences in cell culture work, imaging, in vivo models or next-generation sequencing will be an advantage but are not mandatory. The applicant should be fluent in written and spoken English (i.e., equivalent to an English B level or better).

Place of Employment and Place of Work:

At the Department of Biomedicine at Aarhus University we conduct research in biology and diseases and educate students within the field. Biomedicine bridges natural science and clinical medicine and the research thus covers a wide range of research areas. The Department employs around 450 people. We are currently located in six different buildings on the AU campus where modern laboratory facilities with associated support, core and animal facilities provide the framework for our research. The project will move to a large new Biomedicine building, 8,300 square meters of laboratory buildings, 4,000 square meters of underground construction scheduled to be ready for use by summer 2018.

Contacts to the main supervisors of the project:

Applicants seeking further information are invited to contact:

Søren E. Degn, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, , Mobile: +4522141703  or Steffen Thiel, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University, , Mobile: +4529270890

Application and attachments:

Applications (attach pdf-files only, max. total of 20 MB, no zip) must contain the applicant’s CV, a motivation letter (cover letter), list of publications, diploma and transcripts of records (grades etc.), and at least one letter of support/1-3 professional referees. Applications should be mailed to Steffen Thiel at no later than 1 April 2018. We may request further information or invite the applicant to attend an interview. All interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, regardless of their personal background.

Please note that the selected candidate will have to apply for and get approved for enrolment at the AU Graduate School of Health in a separate procedure before starting as a PhD student. For the chosen applicant, application deadline for enrolment is 16 April – 14 May 2018. Expected starting date will thus be summer 2018.