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Assessment of application

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

Assessment criteria

The project description

The project description must include a description – if applicable – of how one or more of the strategic criteria mentioned below are incorporated into the project:

  • how the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (international co-supervisor and/or through a research stay abroad)
  • activities across disciplines (interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary co-operation) and sectors (co-operation with the business community, university colleges and other external partners in municipalities and regions)

Applicants considered for a fully financed fellowship is expected to demonstrate that the project incorporates one or more of the above strategic criteria.

The application will be evaluated on the following:

The project

  • 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

  • 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

  • The scientific environment including:
    • 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
    • how the PhD student is exposed to an international research environment (locally and/or through a research stay abroad)
    • activities across disciplines and sectors
    • International co-supervisor; co-supervisor's role in and contribution to the project.
  • Courses
  • Dissemination
  • Learning targets
  • Mobility, including statement from host institution
  • Main supervisor statement

The assessment of the application

PhD applications are assessed by the Stipend Committee.

Assessment process

The project is evaluated according to the following weighting:

  1. The project scientific quality (50%)
  2. The candidate's personal and academic qualifications (30%)
  3. Supervisor and environment (20%)

See the assessment criteria above. 


Based on the assessments, a number of applications will be discussed at an allocation meeting and recommendations for faculty fellowships will be made to the Dean of the Faculty of Health.

The final decision regarding admission is made by the Head of The Graduate School. 
The final decision regarding faculty fellowship is made by the Dean.
A number of fellowships targeting integrated PhD’s are awarded to the best qualified applicants for an integrated PhD. The decision regarding these fellowships are made by the Graduate School of Health. 

The decisions are final.   

See the list of members in the Stipend Committee.

After the assessment The Graduate School will send applications to the relevant department. Please contact your potential department for further information regarding the process at the department.

The Stipend Committee and the rules on disqualification

The Stipend Committee is subject to the special rules on disqualification as described in Part 2 of the Danish Public Administration Act (Forvaltningsloven).

This means that a member of the committee does not take part in an allocation meeting if he/she is the main supervisor or co-supervisor of or closely related to an applicant.

Admission offers

Based on the decision made at the allocation meeting, applicants can be offered one of the following types of enrolment:

  • Enrolment conditional on external funding
  • Enrolment including a fully financed Faculty PhD fellowship
  • Enrolment including a fully financed integrated PhD fellowship from the Graduate School of Health

An offer of enrolment is valid for a year. For recipients of a fully finaced PhD fellowships, the offer is only valid for six months.

A precondition for enrolment is that you submit a signed financial statement.

If your application is rejected as not qualified, you will receive a reply to your application.