Danish Government Scholarships
The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) offers a limited number of tuition waivers and grants through the Danish Government Scholarship programme. The scholarships are competitive and offered to highly talented students with outstanding academic records from non-EU/EEU countries. All non-EU/EEA applicants offered admission will automatically be considered for the scholarship.
The Danish Government Scholarship is granted either as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or as an amount that covers basic living costs.
The University awards the scholarships solely on the basis of academic achievement; thus, financial need is not considered. For faculty-specific selection criteria, procedures etc., please refer to the bottom of this page.
Who are eligible?
In order to be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:
- a citizen of a country outside the EU, EEA (the European Economic Area) or Switzerland
- admitted to a master’s degree programme at the University of Copenhagen
- granted a time-limited residence permit for the purpose of studying a higher educational programme in Denmark.
You are not eligible for a Danish Government Scholarship if you:
- have a legal claim to the rights of Danish citizens
- are eligible for a grant in accordance with Danish law regarding the State Educational Grant and Loan Scheme (SU)
- have been granted a residence permit at the time of admission by the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9c, subsection 1, as the child of a foreign citizen who has been granted a residence permit in accordance with the Danish Aliens Consolidations Act §9m, and who is a citizen of a country that is not acceded to the EU or covered by the EEA agreement.
How do we award the scholarship?
All non-EU/EEA applicants to the University of Copenhagen’s MA/MSc degree programmes will automatically be considered for the Danish Government Scholarship, provided they are eligible. Thus, it is not necessary to apply.
UCPH will contact those who get nominated via the e-mail stated in their application for admission. The nominees have to either decline or accept the scholarship.
If you are offered a scholarship, but do not accept it within the deadline specified in the e-mail, the scholarship offer will be revoked, and the scholarship will be offered to another applicant. Thus, it is very important that you make sure to check your e-mail on a regular basis. The University recommends checking your spam folder or other e-mail filters, as e-mails might be directed from your inbox to the spam folder.
The Faculty of Social Sciences only has a very limited number of Danish Government Scholarships available – generally less than five per year.
Please note that the scholarships are awarded solely in connection with the September intake.
As a newly admitted student, you will receive an email from the Faculty in the Application Portal in the beginning of May. If it contains information on how and when to pay the tuition fee, it means that you have not been granted a scholarship.
Students applying for a master’s degree programme at the Faculty of Humanities need to write a letter of motivation. These letters will be considered when assessing applicants for the Danish Government Scholarship.
The Faculty bases its assessments on the applicants’ academic level and the relevancy of their BSc degree.
The Faculty of Science has a very limited number of scholarships to award outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students. All non-EU/EEA applicants with a grade point average above 80% of their bachelor’s degree are considered for a scholarship/tuition fee waivers. This means that you do not need to make a separate application for the scholarship.
The scholarship is granted to cover the tuition fees, or in exceptional cases both tuition fees and living expenses. Exceptional cases are the qualified non-EU applicants who have the highest GPA.
Furthermore, the Faculty considers the academic performance by fee-paying students who have completed the first year at the faculty regarding a full one year scholarship. The very best will be awarded a scholarship to cover both tuition fees and living expenses for the second year of the programme.
The Faculty of Theology only has a very limited number of Danish Government Scholarships available – generally less than four per year. The Scholarship is only granted as partial tuition fee waivers, and not as an amount that covers basic living costs.
Please be advised that the decision as to who will be awarded the scholarships is in general made after applicants are offered admission and charged tuition fee. Consequently, you cannot rely on receiving the tuition fee waiver, when making the decision whether to accept an offered place or not. The date for payment mentioned in the email listing the terms of payment of the tuition fee (sent around mid-May) must be met – or your offer of admission will be revoked.
If you subsequently are awarded the Danish Government Scholarship, the tuition fee will be reimbursed.