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Internationalisation grants

Funding for internationalisation of PhD programmes

The Graduate School of Natural Sciences (GSNS) provides funding for internationalisation of PhD programmes.

We accept and process applications as they are received.

Please note, all candidates are required to meet the English language requirement at the GSNS as described below.

NB! At the moment it is not possible to apply for visiting grants.

Screening grants - find the right candidate for your project

Funding for a foreign candidate/student stay at the GSNS, Aarhus University can be granted for a period of maximum 90 days, including arrival and departure dates. During this time, the person can attend courses, summer schools, and workshops. He/she can also perform laboratory work at Aarhus University and prepare a PhD application. Qualitative assessment of the person in question will be made with a view to a potential PhD study period at the GSNS, Aarhus University.

For further information, please see our quick guide on screening/visiting grants.

To apply for a screening grant, please use the Application form (right click and save file to fill in the form). Send the partially completed form to the relevant head of programme, who will then finalise the form and send it to the GSNS (GSSTgrants@au.dk). We accept and process applications as they are received.

Please note:

  • The application must be made by a member of the academic staff (supervisor) at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Aarhus University.
  • The stay must be one continuous period of max. 90 days.
  • It can take 7-8 weeks from when an application is approved before the candidate/student can start the grant period (depending on citizenship – due to visa/work and residence permits).
  • The grant cannot be given to co-finance the monthly amount of max. DKK 8,000 in living expenses for the candidate/student. This means that the applicant can either apply for a GSNS grant with an amount of max. DKK 8,000 per month in living expenses for the candidate/student OR the applicant can choose to fully finance the candidate’s/student’s living expenses. The applicant (i.e. the supervisor) is welcome to co-finance/pay specific expenses such as travel, conference fees, running costs and the like.


To be eligible, the candidate/student must:

  • have at least a Bachelor's degree.
  • have no prior affiliation to Aarhus University, i.e.,
    • a screening grant cannot be given as funding for an extension to another stay (planned or already in progress) at Aarhus University.
    • applying for funding for two or more consecutive stays is not possible.
  • have a postal address outside of Denmark before starting the grant period.
  • after 1 March 2019 be able to meet the English language requirement at the GSNS (see below).

Visiting grants - invite an international student to AU

NB! At the moment it is not possible to apply for support for visiting PhD students.

The aim of this grant is to strengthen internationalisation of the PhD study programmes at the GSNS, Aarhus University, by providing foreign PhD students with the opportunity of taking a part of their PhD study at the GSNS, Aarhus University. For a period of maximum 90 days, including arrival and departure dates, the PhD student can take part in research collaboration, PhD courses, summer schools, workshops and laboratory work at Aarhus University and/or work on her/his PhD thesis.

A crucial aspect in the assessment of the application is how the PhD student can contribute to the existing PhD environment within the given research field, e.g. in the form of specific method transfer. It is therefore important that the project description includes both clear arguments on how the stay can contribute to the PhD environment at Aarhus University, and a description of the stay’s intended activities and objectives.

Please note that:

  • Only members of the academic staff (supervisors) at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Aarhus University, can apply for this type of grant.
  • We accept and process applications as they are received.
  • It can take 7-8 weeks from when an application is approved before the candidate/student can start the grant period (depending on citizenship – due to visa/work and residence permits).
  • Only someone with at least a Bachelor’s degree can be granted a GSNS grant.
  • A visiting grant can only be given to a candidate/student with no prior affiliation to Aarhus University.
  • A visiting grant cannot be given as funding for an extension to another stay (planned or already in progress) at Aarhus University.
  • The grant can only be given to the same candidate/student for one stay for a period of a maximum of 90 days (application for two or more consecutive stays is not possible).
  • The grant cannot be given as co-financing of the monthly amount of max. DKK 8,000 in living expenses for the candidate/student. This means that the applicant can either apply for a GSNS grant with an amount of max. DKK 8,000 per month in living expenses for the candidate/student OR the applicant can choose to fully finance the candidate’s/student’s living expenses. The applicant (i.e. the supervisor) is welcome to co-finance / pay specific expenses such as travel, conference fees, running costs and the like.
  • The candidate/student must have a postal address outside of Denmark before starting the grant period.

 

The English language requirement at the GSNS

Documentation of language skills

The English language requirement at the GSNS is comparable to an “English B level” in the Danish upper secondary school (“gymnasium”).

English language qualifications comparable to an “English B level” are documented by one of the tests stated below under the heading 'Approved language skills tests'.

The following applicants are exempted from documenting their English qualifications/taking a test:

  • Applicants with citizenship from the following countries Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, or one of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden).
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme completed at a Danish university for which the requirement was English B level at the time of admission. In this case, please upload your Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma under the section ”Language skills documentation”.

Approved language skills tests

The following language skills tests are approved for PhD applications at the GSNS:

  • TOEFL test (internet-based), minimum score: 83. The GSNS does not accept the paper-based test, nor the TOEFL ITP test. Remember to ask the test center to send your test results to Aarhus University in order to enable verification of your test results. Aarhus University’s TOEFL code is 8935Currently, the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test (available in selected areas) will also be accepted.
  • IELTS (academic) test, minimum average score: 6.5 points
  • Cambridge English Language Assessment:
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (CPE)
    Cambridge English: Certificate of Advanced English with grade A,B or C (CAE)
    Cambridge English: First Certificate  with grade A (FCE)

When to take the test and how to upload the documentation: 
The test result must not be more than two years old at the time of application.

The English language test should be taken before applying for admission and uploaded under “language skills documentation” in the online application form.

It is possible to apply for admission before you have taken the test. In this case, documentation stating that you have signed up for a test (please state expected submission date) must be uploaded under "language skills - proof" in the online application form. If the test result is not part of the original application, the test result must be sent to gsns@psys.au.dk no later than one month after the application deadline. 

GSNS quick guide

Application forms

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