PhD students employed by a Danish university are offered very favorable employment terms. They are usually employed on a full-time basis for three years with all university fees financed by the university, and receive a monthly salary that covers all necessary accommodation and living costs and additionally enables an active life.
PhD students in Denmark must complete an individually planned PhD course programme within the relevant research area and conduct a research project under the supervision of experienced senior researchers.
PhD students at Aarhus BSS Graduate School have their own office space with a computer, incl. Internet access, email, phone etc.
PhD students are expected, as part of the programme, to spend substantial time (up to six months) at another – often foreign – research institution. The university covers most travel and accommodation expenses.
Moreover, expenses in connection with the scientific work are usually covered by The Graduate School, e.g. participation in research courses and academic/scientific conferences in Denmark and abroad.
During the programme, the PhD students are further expected to gain teaching experience within the subject area as well as experience with other forms of dissemination of research results. In addition, it is expected that PhD students participate in and contribute to the other activities of the department, e.g. instructional tasks.
The PhD scholarship has a duration of three years. Graduates and students expecting to complete their study programme in the near future may apply for the scholarship. The employment is covered by a national collective agreement (Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC)), in which more information about vacation, exact payment terms etc. can be found.