PhD Student

General conditions

You are required to hold a work and residence permit to be a PhD Student i Denmark and you need to have it before you begin your PhD study.

Your contact at the Graduate School (PhD Partner) will initiate the application process for your work and residence permit.

In order to have your work and residence permit timely processed by the immigration authorities, please act promptly when required by the application process or asked by the Graduate School (your PhD-partner).

Your work and residence permit can only be applied via the PhD Student-scheme for either enrolled or enrolled and employed PhD students.

Please note that the work permit is only valid for one specific employment (contract). If you take up additional employments or work, a work permit for sideline employment is required. Contact your second employer on this matter.

Plese also note that non-nordic citizens are required to hold a work and residence permit to work or conduct research in Greenland or the Faroe Islands. Special conditions apply and the processing time is 3 months. Contact your PhD-partner for further information

PhD Student enrolled and employed by AU

You are required to:

  • To be enrolled by AU as PhD student
  • Be employed as a PhD student at AU
  • Have a written job contract or job offer which specifies salary and employment conditions
  • Uphold salary and employment conditions that corresponds to Danish standards (which is compulsory for employments at AU)

Advantages:

  • You are free to work both in and outside Denmark - within the duration of our permit - without your permit lapsing*
  • Your permit will usually include a residence permit of additional 6 months where you can stay in Denmark for job seeking (however, you are not allowed to work in this period without an additional permit)*
  • In addition to your PhD-position, you are also allowed to work 20 hours a week (only 15 hours a week for permits issued before January 1st 2015), as well as full-time during the months of June, July and August
  • Within a period of 6 months after completing your PhD you can apply for an Establisment Card allowing you to reside and work in Denmark for additional two years

* Please note that these advantages does not apply to permits issued before January 1st 2015. Further information.

Please be aware that:

  • You are not able to start working at AU before you have been granted a work and residence permit
  • You are not able to move to another position at AU without applying for a new work and residence permit
  • As a PhD student in Denmark, you may not receive certain public assistance / benefit payments. Further information (the condition are equal to the conditions that applies when applying for permanent residence in Denmark).
  • If you are employed and enrolled in a three-year Industrial PhD-programme, contact your Graduate School (your PhD Partner) to clarify whether AU or the company will apply for the work and residence permit.
  • It is a condition for the residence permit that you are active and enrolled at AU. If this is not the case, the immigration authority can revoke your residence permit. AU is obliged to inform the immigration authority if you are not actively following the educational programme.
  • If you are on sick-leave or on maternity leave your residence and work permit will not be revoked and you are able to get an extension of your residence permit. However, AU is required to inform the Danish immigration authorities about your leave. Therefore, always contact your contact your Graduate School (PhD Partner), if you are going on leave.
  • Please note, that conditions for work and residence permits issued before January 1st 2015 differs to the above mentioned conditions. Further information.

For detailed information:

Please refer to www.newtodenmark.dk for detailed information about the scheme and the conditions that applies. If in doubt, contact your Graduate School (PhD Partner).

PhD Student enrolled (but not employed) by AU

You are required to:

  • To be enrolled at AU as PhD student
  • You must document that you have at your disposal an set amount per month, with 12 months being the maximum requirement. The monthly amount is DKK 5,903 (2016-level), making the maximum required amount 12 x 5,903 = DKK 70,839 (2016-level).

Advantages:

  • You are free to work both in and outside Denmark - within the duration of our permit - without your permit lapsing*
  • Your permit will usually include a residence permit of additional 6 months where you can stay in Denmark for job seeking (however, you are not allowed to work in this period without an additional permit)*
  • In addition to your PhD-position, you are also allowed to work 20 hours a week (only 15 hours a week for permits issued before January 1st 2015), as well as full-time during the months of June, July and August
  • Within a period of 6 months after completing your PhD you can apply for an Establisment Card allowing you to reside and work in Denmark for additional two years

* Please note that these advantages does not apply to permits issued before January 1st 2015. Further information.

Please be aware that:

  • You are not able to move to another position at AU without applying for a new work and residence permit
  • As a PhD student in Denmark, you may not receive certain public assistance / benefit payments. Further information (the condition are equal to the conditions that applies when applying for permanent residence in Denmark).
  • If you are employed and enrolled in a three-year Industrial PhD-programme, contact your Graduate School (your PhD Partner) to clarify whether AU or the company will apply for the work and residence permit.
  • It is a condition for the residence permit that you are active and enrolled at AU. If this is not the case, the immigration authority can revoke your residence permit. AU is obliged to inform the immigration authority if you are not actively following the educational programme.
  • If you are on sick-leave or on maternity leave your residence and work permit will not be revoked and you are able to get an extension of your residence permit. However, AU is required to inform the Danish immigration authorities about your leave. Therefore, always contact your contact your Graduate School (PhD Partner), if you are going on leave.
  • Please note, that conditions for work and residence permits issued before January 1st 2015 differs to the above mentioned conditions. Further information.

For detailed information:

Please refer to www.newtodenmark.dk for detailed information about the scheme and the conditions that applies. If in doubt, contact your Graduate School (your PhD Partner).

Not enrolled by AU

If you are on a research stay on AU without being enrolled by AU, please refer to the "Guest Researcher / Guest PhD"-section for further information.

If you are employed by AU during your research stay, please refer to the "Researcher"-section for further information.

Contact

Jakob Feldtfos Christensen

International Coordinator
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Inge Aachmann Pedersen

International Coordinator
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