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Applying for a fellowship after completing a Master’s degree programme (5+3 scheme)

When applying for a PhD fellowship, please be aware that they are offered by the faculty’s departments and regularly announced on the University’s website. Information about the position and the fellowship will appear in the job advertisement.

SDU uses an online recruitment system for vacancies. To apply for a position at the PhD School, you must submit your application via the electronic application form under the position you wish to apply for. In the event of any technical issues, please contact

You may want to contact the department before preparing your application in order to obtain more information about the department’s research profile, the background of the fellowship, supervision opportunities, etc.

Project description

You must enclose a project description with your application. The project description must explain which research questions you want to investigate, state the method and theory and outline a work schedule which shows that the PhD project can realistically be completed within a 3-year period.


Accepted applications are assessed by the relevant course committee. The course committee will prepare a written assessment for the head of department and the head of the PhD School. The assessment will include:

  • A brief description of the applicant’s academic qualifications and the PhD project.
  • An assessment of the applicants’ ability to complete the PhD project within the prescribed period of study.
  • Certain requirements may possibly be imposed on the applicant, such as additional courses or the like as a prerequisite for being able to complete the PhD programme in question satisfactorily.

For your information, the assessment will also be sent to you as an applicant.

The head of the PhD School will, on the basis of the course committee’s assessment, make a decision on who is qualified for enrolment in the PhD programme. However, the dean and the head of department make the final decision on hiring the PhD student. The head of department may choose to call qualified applicants for an interview before a decision on employment is made.


Please note that enrolment can take place from the 1st or 15th of a month and that enrolment is not made retroactively.

Last Updated 15.03.2024