Danish Government Scholarships for International Students

Denmark warmly welcomes highly qualified and motivated students from all over the world. A number of scholarships are therefore offered each year by the Danish Ministry of Education to fund students from countries outside the European Union/ European Economic Area. Scholarships for students from outside the EU/EEA for studies at Academies of Professional Higher Education and University Colleges are administered by the individual institutions.

The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students and young research scientists wishing to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark.

Scholarships are offered to exchange students and young research scientists from higher education institutions in the following countries:

– 19 EU-countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, and the Netherlands

– Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey

– Non-European countries: China, Japan, Israel, Egypt and Russia

Scholarships are only available to master’s and PhD-level students and young research scientists. However, bachelor’s degree students wishing to study Danish language and literature can also apply if they have studied the Danish language for two years.

Information on country-specific terms and conditions can be found on the following pages:

Selected EU-countries, Iceland, Serbia, Switzerland and Turkey

The following information pertains to applicants from higher education institutions from the following countries:
–  19 EU-countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, and the Netherlands  
–  Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey
For information on scholarships available to students from China, Japan, Israel, Egypt and Russia, please visit the non-EU countries page.

Purpose

The Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements are aimed at highly qualified exchange students and young research scientists wishing to immerse themselves in studies of the Danish language and culture or other fields of study related to Denmark, such as: design, architecture, environmental studies, and other related fields.
Funding for the Cultural Agreements is gathered into a single scholarship pool for both the long-term scholarships and for the Danish summer language courses. The twenty-three countries gathered into the same funding pool are not guaranteed an exact number of scholarships. China, Japan, Israel, Egypt, and Russia, however, are an exception and each maintain a separate funding pool. When applications are reviewed, the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation carries out an individual assessment based on certain selection criteria, detailed below. 

Selection Criteria for Long-Term Study Scholarships

In order to ensure that the most qualified candidates are nominated for a scholarship under the Cultural Agreements, the scholarship committee has defined a set of criteria for the assessment of applicants. While the successful candidate does not necessarily need to meet all criteria, applicants who meet several criteria will have a better standing in the selection process than applicants who do not.
Please note that only master’s students, PhD students, and young research scientists can apply for scholarships. However, for studies in Danish language and literaturebachelor’s level students can apply if they have studied Danish language for two years prior to when they wish to start their stay in Denmark.
In the selection process, the Danish Agency for Universities and Internationalisation will give priority to candidates:
    • Who motivate their choice of a specific research programme or field of study through its relation to Danish language, culture or other Danish areas of expertise. Successful applicants will describe the Danish dimension in their choice of studies or research when applying in fields such as: design, music, architecture, welfare, environmental studies, etc.
    • Who are nominated by a lecturer who teaches Danish in their home country. Applicants should include a reference from the lecturer in their application.
    • Who study Danish or Scandinavian languages and literature.
    • Who refer to an internationally acclaimed lecturer at the desired Danish host institution with whom they would like to study.
    • Who have contacted the desired Danish host university and received an invitation from a lecturer to conduct studies or research there.
    • Who study at a partner university or institution of the desired Danish host university.
Please note you are ineligible for a scholarship if:
    • You are already enrolled or planning to enroll in a full degree, joint degree, or double degree programme in Denmark. Full, joint, and double degree students are not considered exchange students and are ineligible for scholarships.
    • You are not currently enrolled in, or conducting research at, an institution of higher education in your home country.
    • You intend to pursue studies at a bachelor’s level during your stay in Denmark in fields other than Danish language and literature.
    • You plan to conduct studies or research on a part-time, rather than a full-time, basis.

How to apply

The deadline for applications for the Long-Term Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements Programme for the academic year 2012/2013 is February 28, 2012.
For more information about the Long-term Scholarships, please contact Anne Marie Logue at kulturaftaler@iu.dk . 


Scholarships for Non-EU Countries

Long-Term Scholarships under the Cultural Agreement Programme are offered to applicants from the following countries outside of the EU:
Information on country-specific terms and conditions can be found under the relevant link on the menu to the left.
For more information, please contact Anne Marie Logue at kulturaftaler@iu.dk 


The Danish Summer Language Scholarships

Students can apply for a scholarship under the Cultural Agreements programme to attend a Danish Summer Language Course. The summer language courses in Danish are open to bachelor, Master’s and Ph.D. students.

Who can apply for a Danish Summer Language Scholarship?

Students can apply for a scholarship under the Cultural Agreements programme to attend a Danish Summer Language Course.

Who is eligible?

The summer language courses in Danish are open to bachelor, Master’s and Ph.D. students.
The summer language course scholarships are available for students enrolled in full-degree programmes in the following countries:
    • Group 1: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and Turkey

The summer language course scholarships are available for students enrolled in full-degree programmes in the following countries and institution: 
    •  Group 2: Israel, Russia and the following institution in China (exclusively):
    • Beijing Foreign Studies University, The Danish Department, The Institute of European Language and Culture, Beijing, P.R. China

The summer language course scholarships are available for students enrolled in full-degree programmes in the following institutions:
    • Group 3: Selected institutions in Canada and USA: 
    • University of British Columbia, Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, Vancouver, Canada
    • Portland State University, Dept. of Foreign lang. and Literature, Portland, OR, USA
    • University of California, Department of Scandinavian Studies, Berkley, CA, USA
    • University of Texas at Austin, Department of Germanic Studies, Austin, TX, USA
    • University of Washington, Scandinavian Department, Seattle, WA, USA
    • University of Wisconsin, Department. of Scandinavian Studies, Madison, WI, USA
    • University of California, The Scandinavian Section, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Applications from candidates affiliated with higher education institutions in countries/institutions other than those listed will not be taken into consideration. 

For more information about the Danish Summer Language Courses, please contact Nelly-Ann Hansen Piton at kulturaftaler@iu.dk .

HOW TO APPLY ?  please visit HERE

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