Danish Government Scholarships under the Cultural Agreements

The following scholarships are available for students from Brazil:

  • Scholarships for 5-12 months for ph.d. students
  • Scholarships for 5 or 10 months (1 or 2 semesters) for master's students
  • Scholarships for 5 or 10 months (1 or 2 semesters) for bachelor's students who study Danish language and literature

50 months in total are reserved for Brazilian students each 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. Ph.D. students are required to conduct full-time research at a Danish university or a similar institution of higher education in Denmark. Master’s students are required to take on a course load of 30 ECTS per semester.

Bachelor's degree students wishing to study Danish language and literature can also apply if they have studied the Danish language for two years. Bachelor's degree students are also required a course load of 30 ECTS per semester.

Selection Criteria

In the selection process, the Danish Agency for Science and 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 (ph.d. students only).
  • Who study at a partner university or institution of the desired Danish host university.

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.

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 Science and Higher Education at the email address .


The deadline for applications for Danish Government Scholarships for 2019/2020 is March 1, 2019 at 23:59 (CET).

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. The institutions reserve the right to request further documentation, e.g. Portfolios.

last modified Nov 16, 2018