Research fellow is an official job title with a salary determined by collective agreements, corresponding to that of other professional employees in the public sector. The positions are advertised at AAUs website and usually also in other media. They are funded by the faculty's own research funds or external funding or a combination of both. The majority of fully funded fellowships are advertised within specific fields, some within a relatively narrow research field. As a research fellow, you are employed at the university and enrolled as a PhD student. A fellowship usually includes an obligation to teach at the Faculty of Humanities. The employment period is normally three years, corresponding to the standard duration of a full-time PhD programme.
Types of Scholarships
Independent PhD student
Since the number of positions and scholarships is limited, you also have the possibility of becoming a self-financed independent PhD student. This implies no employment and therefore no salary from the university. The PhD student is affiliated as a student only, and must pay a tuition fee. The tuition fee can be funded by the student personally or by an employer or some other external funding source.
Please contact the faculty office for information about enrollment costs, on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Part of Research Project
A way to obtain a fully funded PhD scholarship is by getting included in research project, headed by a senior researcher at the Faculty of Humanities. PhD projects can be integrated as part of a research project and funding can thus be secured through a research application to a funding organization such as e.g. Forskningsrådet for Kultur og Kommunikation, Det Strategiske Forskningsråd or to a private fond.
In order to be included in a research project, you have to contact a senior researcher within your field of study to discuss your project and your qualifications.
Visit the websites of the three departments under the Faculty of Humanities to find relevant researchers:
Tuition fee scholarship
Doctoral School of the Humanities offers a number of tuition fee scholarships each year. This implies that the tuition fee is paid jointly by the doctoral school and the doctoral programme. If you are granted a tuition fee scholarship, you are not employed by the university, and therefore you receive no salary. Thus, you are affiliated as a student only.
Industrial PhD Fellow
As an industrial PhD fellow you are enrolled at Doctoral School of the Humanities as a PhD student, but you will be employed by a company, an organization or institution, and not by the university. Your salary is paid by the employer and you are expected to spend approximately 50% of your time there. Since you are not employed at the university, you have no teaching obligation, but you do have a general obligation to communicate about your research, as part of your PhD education, cf. the Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme, §7,4. Thus, in some cases, the industrial PhD fellow does teach at the university, in order to meet this general requirement to PhD students. If industrial PhD students teach at AAU, this is considered as a part of the PhD programme. That is, AAU does not pay for these working hours.
To become an industrial PhD fellow you must be in contact with both a company, an organization or insitution and the doctoral school. It is the employing part who applies to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation for funding of salary and tuition fee. The scheme is described in more detail at the website of the Ministry of Higher Education & Science.