Danish Government Scholarships for the academic year 2017/2018

In accordance with the Cultural Agreement Programme between Denmark and Japan, the following scholarships are available for nationals from Japan:

  • 35 months for master's and ph.d. students, divided into periods of 5-10 months for master's students and 3- 12 months for ph.d. students. Bachelor's students wishing to study Danish language, culture or other fields of study related to Denmark can also apply provided that they have studied the Danish language for two years.

The amount of months cited above is allocated per academic year. Unused months will not be carried over to the application round for the following academic year.


Scholarships are available for master's and ph.d. students in order to enable them to study or carry out research at a Danish university or a similar institution of higher education in Denmark.

In order to encourage the establishment and development of direct contacts and agreements between institutions in Denmark and Japan, priority will be given to applicants who are affiliated with such projects.

Priority will also be given to applicants who want to study the language and culture of Denmark.

Selection Criteria

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 and ph.d. students can apply for scholarships. However, for studies in Danish language and literature, bachelor's level students can apply if they have studied Danish language for two years prior to their arrival to Denmark.

In the selection process, the Danish Agency for Higher Education 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

Download the application form, complete, and submit it and all the required documents – including the Certificate of Proficiency in English – to the Danish Agency for Higher Education at the email address kulturaftaler@uds.dk


The deadline for applications for Danish Government Scholarships for 2017/2018 will be published in January 2017.

General information

Scholarship period

Scholarships are tenable during the academic year. The autumn term begins on September 1st, the spring term on February 1st.

With respect to residence permits and/or visa, we recommend that accepted applicants contact the Danish diplomatic representation in their home country well in advance of their entry into Denmark.

Scholarship amount

Scholarships include free tuition and a monthly stipend of DKK 6,500.

Danish Government Scholarships of DKK 6,500 must be used to cover travel, visa, accomodation, food, and other living expenses.    

The scholarships are for one person only. Additional amounts for accompanying family members are not available.

As a general rule, scholarships are tax-free in Denmark. However, as there are exceptions to this rule, scholarship recipients should contact local tax authorities for an individual assessment. If the Danish authorities decides that a scholarship recipient must pay tax, the Danish Agency for Higher Education has no power to overturn the decision.

Language of instruction

Danish is the normal language of instruction at institutions of higher education in Denmark, but more and more institutions offer courses in English or in another foreign language or have special arrangements for non-Danish students.

Further information on courses in other languages must be obtained directly from institutions.

last modified Oct 18, 2016