There are two different ways of financing:

  • A faculty scholarship from Aarhus BSS Graduate School
  • External financing

A combination of the above mentioned types of financing is also possible.

In case of external financing, you must provide documentation for coverage of the educational costs as well as for an income sufficient to cover the cost of living during the PhD education.

PhD scholarships/fellowships funded by Aarhus BSS Graduate School

When applying for a PhD position at Aarhus BSS Graduate School you automatically apply for a scholarship, unless you provide documentation for external funding. Your previous education decides which type of scholarship you apply for:

  • The 3-year PhD scholarship which you are enrolled in after completing a MA
  • The 4-year PhD scholarship which you are enrolled in after completing a BA and 60 ECTS of a master's programme
  • The 5-year PhD scholarship which you are enrolled in after completing a BA

For further information on the PhD degree structure, please see this page.

The grants include scholarship/salary as well as educational costs (tuition fee and overhead). The PhD degree schemes are implemented in accordance with the Ministerial Order on the PhD degree programme (no. 1039 of 27 August 2013).

The grants do not cover travel/moving expenses or costs in connection with applying for residence and work permit.

Enrolment with external funding

You must be able to provide documentation for the external funding before you apply for enrolment.

The funding could come from:

  • A grant from a foundation, public research programme, etc.
  • A so-called Industrial PhD scholarship in collaboration with Innovation Fund Denmark, which is an independent fund at the Ministry of Higher Education and Science, and a company
  • A collaboration between Aarhus BSS and your employer (company, institution, etc.)
  • Self-payment. You pay for the PhD programme yourself.

Educational costs of enrolment

  • Tuition fee*: DKK 104.200,00 per year for three years
  • Overhead**: 44% of tuition fee

*Tuition fee covers the costs associated with courses, supervision, evaluation, assessment of the dissertation, defense, etc.

**Overhead covers the indirect costs associated with a  PhD project, i.e. costs which are not directly attributed to the specific project such as rent, heating, electricity, cleaning, administration, library, etc.

If you have any questions regarding the financing of your PhD education, please contact Aarhus BSS Graduate School.


When you have funding and you are ready to apply for enrolment, please contact the programme chair at the PhD programme you want to apply for. If the project is considered to be realisable, the programme chair will contact Aarhus BSS Graduate School in order for you to get a direct link to the application facility. Hereafter your application will be evaluated by the programme field committee and the PhD school head. 

In case you are accepted for enrolment, a cooperation agreement will be drawn up.