Assessment procedure

Applications will be assessed by an expert selection committee, and applicants will receive the committee’s assessment of, and response to, their application approximately 3 months after the application deadline.

Deadline Assessment Decision informed to applicants Earliest start date*
10 September 2024 September- November Expected late November 2024 1 February 2025
1 February 2024 February-April Expected late April 2024 1 September 2024

*The start date depends on various factors, e.g. final enrolment requirements/details, getting a study- and residence permit (international students), etc.

Assessment criteria

The assessment of the application comprises an overall assessment of the applicant and his or her qualifications. Particular weight is attached to the project proposal, the grades obtained by the applicant in the study programme, and to whether the applicant, during the study programme or in another manner, has displayed special skills in writing major papers, e.g. a thesis.

The final decision on enrolment will be taken by the head of the Graduate School on the basis of the assessed quality of the project and applicant’s ability to successfully complete the PhD project on time.

Please note the following:

  • that for applications to the programme Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, the criteria for assessment are specified here
  • that the Graduate School typically receives more qualified applications than there are scholarships. The fact that an application is assessed to be overall qualified is thus no guarantee that you will be offered a scholarship
  • that even if the applicant in connection with re-application has accepted changes in relation to the project proposed by the program committee, this is no guarantee that a scholarship will subsequently be offered
  • International applicants are assessed on the same terms as national applicants
  • Consideration of your application for enrolment in the PhD degree programme takes place pursuant to the Ministerial Order. Consideration of your application for a scholarship to the 3 year PhD degree programme takes place pursuant to the Appointment Order.
  • An application for the 4 year PhD degree programme will be considered pursuant to the regulations of The Danish Students’ Grants and Loans Scheme. The university’s decision is final, and complaints cannot be made to any other higher administrative authority.

Application deadline

The general call is open for applications from 1 August 2024 to 10 September 2024 at 23.59 CET.  

The biannual open application rounds will occur expectedly in the period start January - start February and 1 August - start/medio September.  

If you submit more than one application for the same call, Aarhus BSS Graduate School reserves the right to assess the last application received. The other application(s) will be considered as drafts and deleted.