Danish Government Scholarships for the academic year 2017/18

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

  • 40 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 are allocated per academic year. Unused months can not be carried over to the next application round.


Scholarships are available for researchers 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 Russia, 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.


Applicants must apply through, and be nominated by, their own national authorities. Please contact the Ministry of General and Professional Education of the Russian Federation or the Russian Academy of Sciences for further information.

Candidates nominated by their national authority must be approved by the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education and the desired host institution in Denmark.  The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education screens all applications before forwarding them on to the requested institutions for assessment and final approval.

In order to come into consideration for a scholarship, applicants must have arranged an appropriate study programme. Applications should include a detailed description of the intended project of studies/research in Denmark.

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 relevant national authority in Russia. Please contact the relevant national authority with respect to the national application deadline.


The deadline to receive the nominations for the 2017/18 Danish Government Scholarships is March 1, 2017

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Please read all the instructions on the application form carefully before completing it.

Please note that being nominated by your home country’s national authority does not guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarship. The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education screens all applications before forwarding them on to requested institutions for assessment and final approval.

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.

Participants may be liable to pay tax on their scholarship in the Kingdom of Denmark. Therefore, scholarship recipients should contact the local tax authorities for an individual assessment. In the event that the Danish tax authorities decide that a scholarship is taxable, the Agency for Science and 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 Jan 06, 2017