FAQ – University of Copenhagen

Frequently asked questions 

Do I have to live in the Copenhagen area if I get a scholarship?
Yes, if you receive a scholarship, you will be employed by the University of Copenhagen. You will get an office space and be part of the research environment of the department at which you are enrolled. You will also do some teaching, help arrange seminars etc. You may go on field work or take study trips abroad, but your main location is at the department in Copenhagen

What does the scholarship include?
The scholarship includes tuition and a salary. The exact amount of the salary is based on an agreement with the union and also on seniority.

Before sending the electronic application we recommend you read the information about enclosures to include with your electronic application. You can also check an example of the budget to include with the application.

Can I study for a PhD degree if I don't get a scholarship?
No, not unless you receive funding from another source that can cover the tuition fee as well as your salary/living expenses.

How do I know if my foreign degree makes me eligible for the 5+3 or the 4+4 programme?
It is not possible to get a pre-assessment of your qualifications to know which programme you would qualify for. This will be determined on the basis of your full application. So you should upload copies of all relevant diplomas with your application, perhaps with a short explanatory note about your studies and their duration, and an indication of which study programme(s) you would be interested in. 

Do I need to find a supervisor before submitting my application?
No, you don't need to find a supervisor to submit an application. If you get a scholarship, the department will help you determine who should be your supervisor.

Can you direct me to a professor who can read and comment on my project proposal?
You are free to send an email to the academic staff, but expect that most are too busy to offer individual advice. Most departments receive so many requests from candidates that they don't have the resources to provide such a service.

Can non-Danish citizens apply?
Yes, anyone can apply regardless of their citizenship.

What do I need to include in the budget?
Normal expenses for field work, studies abroad, conferences and equipment are covered by the scholarship, so what you should indicate are extra/particular expenses for field work/equipment etc. You should NOT include living expenses, accommodation, food, office equipment or books.

If I get a scholarship, does that mean my financial estimate is approved and those are money I can use?
No, we ask you to submit a financial estimate to give the department an idea of the costs involved and whether your project is financially feasible.

What should I include in the project description?
An account of the research questions you will pursue, what theory and methodology you will adopt, and how this adds to existing research. You should also include a preliminary bibliography.

What are requirements concerning language skills?
You can do the PhD in Danish or English. Obviously you will need a very strong command of the English language, if you wish to do the PhD in English, but there are no specified requirements for applicants. Instead the assessment committee will make an overall assessment of your application and your qualifications, including your language skills, on the basis of all the documentation you send.

Can I get a pre-approval of my project?
We do not normally send applications from persons with external funding for assessment at the department before we have documentation of the external funding. And we do not normally pre-approve projects for which applicants subsequently apply for external funding.