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Scholarships and grants

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

Scholarships can only be awarded to applicants who are liable to pay tuition fees.

Find out more about Aarhus University’s Danish state scholarships, external scholarships and loan programmes and some of the frequently asked questions about funding.

Danish state scholarships for non-EU/EEA students

Aarhus University offers a limited number of Danish state scholarships for non-EU students. Our scholarships are financed by the Danish state. Aarhus University does not have its own scholarship funds, but rely solely on funding from the Danish state for this purpose.

What does a scholarship include?

The content of a scholarship varies. In some cases, the scholarship is a full or partly tuition waiver. In other cases, the tuition waiver includes a monthly grant towards living expenses, typically but not always for the duration of your Master’s degree programme.

Some faculties only offer tuition waivers. In this case, the faculty may be able to offer other relevant services to its tuition waiver recipients, e.g. assistance in searching for a relevant student job.

Please note that if you are offered a tuition waiver only, it is a requirement for obtaining a student residence permit that you have sufficient funds to be able to support yourself financially during your stay in Denmark. Read more at the website of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and integration.

See our typical types of scholarships offered below.

Type of scholarship

  • Faculty of Arts: Tuition fee waiver + monthly grant towards living expenses
  • Aarhus BSS: Tuition fee waiver + monthly grant towards living expenses
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences: Tuition fee waiver
  • Faculty of Technical Sciences: Tuition fee waiver

How to apply for a Danish state scholarship

When you apply for admission, your application will automatically be assessed with a view to a possible scholarship along with our academic assessment of your qualifications. You should not upload any additional documentation to your application for admission..    

The scholarship is connected very specifically to your Master’s degree programme and cannot be transferred to another degree programme at AU. 

Only applicants who have applied no later than 15 January (summer admission) and 15 September (winter admission) will be considered for a tuition waiver/scholarship.

General selection process

In selecting scholarship recipients among the academically qualified applicants, priority will be given to applicants with excellent academic qualifications.

Due to the limited number of scholarships available, we are not able to able to offer a scholarship to all highly qualified applicants, unfortunately.

Typically, only one or two scholarships are offered on each of our Master’s degree programmes. At some faculties, strategic focus may be placed on selected degree programmes or applicants from specific countries.

If you are selected for a scholarship, you will receive a scholarship offer along with your letter of admission in the application system. Please note there will be a very short deadline to accept your possible tuition waiver/scholarship offer.

If you are not selected for a scholarship, you will receive a tuition fee notification instead.

Selection process – Natural and Technical Sciences 2024

Aarhus University has a limited number of tuition fee waivers available.

  • 75 % of the tuition waivers will be awarded to applicants from India, Indonesia, Turkey, USA, Colombia, Brazil, China and Mexico.
  • 25 % of the tuition waivers will be awarded to the most highly qualified applicants regardless of nationality.

If you are not selected for a tuition fee waiver when you receive your letter of admission, there is still chance you may be selected for a tuition fee waiver at a later date prior to the acceptance deadline 1 April as the award process continues throughout March.

If you are selected for a tuition waiver, you will be notified directly through the application system. In this case, you will get a very short deadline to accept your tuition waiver offer. You will be informed of your specific deadline.

Please note we have many qualified applicants and no guarantees can be made, unfortunately. Therefore, if your decision is dependent on the tuition fee waiver, you should not decline your offer of admission until the final deadline 1 April (summer admission) or 1 November (winter admission).

If you have not received a tuition waiver offer by 1 April/1 November at the latest, you are required to pay tuition fees at Aarhus University.

EU/EEA/Swiss students cannot apply for scholarships at AU.

You may be eligible for The Danish State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU).

Find out more about SU

External scholarships and loan programmes

A range of external scholarships and loan programmes are available for students liable to pay tuition fees at Aarhus University. Aarhus University is usually not involved in the administration of these programmes. 

Global Education Programme - new scholarship scheme for Russian applicants

Russian applicants who are admitted to Aarhus University as Master's students within selected subject areas may have the possibility of applying for a scholarship with the Russian federal "Global Education Programme" (GEP). More information is available on the GEP website.  

Canada student loans and grants

Aarhus University is registered with the Canadian tax authorities and  we accept students with Canadian loan schemes accordingly.

Find more information. Click on International and search for Aarhus University.

US loans for American students

Aarhus University participates in the Direct Loan Program. American students enrolled in a degree-granting programme at Aarhus University are eligible to apply for US Federal loans through the Direct Loan Program. Find more information.  

Beasiswa Reguler LPDP (Indonesian scholarship scheme)

Indonesian students admitted to Aarhus University as Master's students in all subject areas can apply to LPDP Regular Scholarship (Beasiswa Reguler LPDP), which covers tuition fees, living costs and supports fees. 
If you consider applying LPDP Scholarship to do a PhD at Aarhus University, please contact the individual Graduate School in charge of the programme(s) you are interested in applying to. Your possibilities to secure enough money to finance the PhD you wish to apply for can vary at the different Graduate Schools at Aarhus University (and at Danish Universities in general).

For further information: https://lpdp.kemenkeu.go.id/en/beasiswa/pendaftaran-beasiswa/
Online application portal: https://beasiswalpdp.kemenkeu.go.id

Updated 7 October 2022


Frequently asked questions about funding, scholarships, grants and loans when studying at Aarhus University.  

Do Aarhus University offer student loans?

Aarhus University does not offer any student loan service.

How do I apply for a scholarship at AU?


When you apply for a Master’s degree programme at Aarhus University, you also apply for a scholarship. No additional documents are required.

Can I be exempted from paying tax in Denmark?

Students from so-called developing countries (as defined by the Danish Tax Council) can be exempted from paying tax in Denmark.

Questions and contacts

Admission to Master's degree programmes: ma.admission@au.dk