Going Abroad

Research stay abroad

The Doctoral School recommends that you go abroad for your external research stay/collaboration. Going abroad and putting your research into a whole different context allows you to strengthen your international network and gain new perspectives on your research. 


The main purpose of the stay should be to develope and further your research, develope new ideas in a new setting and of course to expand your network. 
It is a requirement that you during your PhD Study have a form of external research collaboration.

Where to go and for how long?

The external research stay can compose of one long stay or a comibaton of several short stays (minimum duration of one month if you want financial support from the Doctoral School). Stays shorter than one month is also viable but you cannot receive financial support from the Doctoral School. 

If you have questions in relation to the duration, contact your supervisors or Camilla Hvass Raun at AAU PhD. The location needs to have an active research environment - it can be both universities, organizations or other institutions.

Virtual stay abroad in relation to Covid-19

Financial support from the Doctoral School

Application for financial support must be sent to the Doctoral School no later than one month prior to the travel. The applied template must be filled out and signed by all required parties.

The support covers:

  • Own transport (cheapest way)
  • Tuition fees
  • Own expenses for food and small necessities

According to the rules in the Tax Assessment Act (Ligningsloven) Section 9 A.


  • 5.000 kr pr month with a travel length between 3 and 6 months (the travel can be longer but we can only cover up to 6 months)
  • 3.000 kr pr month with a travel length between 1-3 months

When accompanied by spouse/cohabitor AND child(ren) the monthly amount for the PhD student can be increased by 1,000 DKK and 500 DKK per child.

The monthly grant is paid in advance and calculated relatively according to the whole duration of the study abroad.

In addition to the above an extra 3000 dkk can be granted for documented expenses for rent.

The amount is paid as an advance. Therefore a final settlement with the university must take place immediately upon return (no later than 10 work days after return according to AAU’s guidelines). It is extremely important that this deadline is met in order for AAU to comply with SKAT’s guidelines for correct filing.

In some cases it is possible to obtain a tax deduction (Differencefradrag). However it is not possible to calculate this before the end of the stay abroad and final settlement with the university. If you wish to take a tax deduction (and are eligible to a deduction) the Doctoral School must be contacted.

The application for a tax deduction takes place by contacting SKAT directly bringing along the final settlement from AAU (Please do not contact SKAT before talking to the Doctoral School).


  • The application for financial support must follow the template and be sent to the Doctoral School (aauphd@adm.aau.dk) 1 mont prior to the travel.
  • Stays with a minimum duration of 1 month can receive financial support from the Doctoral School.
  • Stays shorter than 1 month are approved in relation to the requirements in the ministerial order - but cannot receive financial support.

Contact Information

E-mail: aauphd@adm.aau.dk

Kroghstræde 1, 2nd floor, Room 3021

9220 Aalborg East

Phone: +45 9940 9638


Who: Lea Tøttrup PhD student at CNAP 2019

Where: Imperial College London

Outcome: " The stay resulted in a lot inspiration for future work and hands-on experience with new techniques. In just one month I worked with a new aspect of my data analysis and have have gained new interesting results that hopefully will be published soon"

August 2019