AUFF guest researcher grant

Applications must be completed online at Application forms are available one month before the deadline for applications.


Applications received no later than

Replies expected to be sent out by

17 April 2018, at noon

Week 22

4 September 2018, at noon

Week 47



To support visits by internationally acclaimed researchers, who may help strengthen research and education at Aarhus University.


About the applicant

Permanently employed researchers, with the rank of associate professor or higher, at Aarhus University may apply for funding of a guest researcher visit.


What does the foundation support?

The foundation accepts applications for visits by guest researchers of one to three months. The foundation only accepts applications for reasonable expenses of the visiting scholar in connection with the visit in the form of a visit grant and travel expenses or wages and travel expenses. This means that the foundation does not accept applications for both wages and a visit grant. A visit grant amounts to DKK 15,000 per month and can be granted for a maximum of three months, making the grant tax-free.

Aarhus University recommends applications to AUFF’s board following expert guidance. The size of the total amount awarded may differ from year to year. There is competition for the funding.


The evaluation of applications will especially focus on the following: 


  • The research qualifications of the guest researcher.
  • That the guest researcher is a senior researcher at a high level (often, though not necessarily, permanently employed at a university). Applications for support for visiting scholars at postdoc level or similar are usually not granted.
  • That activities and goals, including plans for both research and teaching, are clearly stated in the project description.
  • The quality of the research environment at Aarhus University of which the guest researcher is to be part.
  • The guest researcher’s contribution to the already existing research environment within the given field, e.g. how does the visiting scholar’s profile fit the existing environment, and what is the potential for development of new projects and collaborations during the visit? Similarly, great emphasis is placed on whether the visiting scholar contributes to the teaching, e.g. by taking part in already existing courses or by planning new courses.
  • The guest researcher’s contribution to the development of the university’s international research network, including especially the establishment of new collaborations.


About the application

Applicants must use AUFF’s online application form. Application forms are available at from one month before the deadline for applications.


Content of the application:


  • Contact information of applicant.
  • Project description.
  • Short CV of applicant (a maximum of three pages, to be enclosed as an attachment).
  • CV and list of publications of the guest researcher (a maximum of five pages, to be enclosed as an attachment).
  • Academic recommendation by head of department (if the applicant is a head of department, the academic recommendation must be produced by a person at a high level of management) (to be enclosed as an attachment).
  • Written undertaking from the guest researcher, including periods within which the proposed visit may take place (to be enclosed as an attachment).
  • Budget (travel expenses, visit grant of DKK 15,000 per month OR wages). The basis is Danish contractual wages at the level in question. Deviations from this level must be substantiated.
  • The guest researcher’s terms of employment and wages during the visit, e.g. whether the guest researcher is on un-paid leave/sabbatical or partly paid leave. The foundation does not accept paying double wages, and applications for wages paid at AU must thus clarify that the guest researcher will not receive wages from his or her home university during the visit. 


Project description


  • Aim of the visit by the guest researcher
  • A maximum of three pages (2,400 characters per page) in Word, which are then pasted into the relevant text box in the online application system.
  • Activities during the visit.
  • Future opportunities for collaboration.
  • The home research environment of the guest researcher.
  • Whether the guest researcher has previously received support for visits to AU from AUFF. If so, applications are only rarely granted.
  • Indication of the period of time of the proposed visit and, in special cases, an account of any previous visits to Aarhus University.
  • The date of birth of the guest researcher.


Instructions for grant recipients

Recipients of AUFF guest researcher grants do not have to apply for a tax-related personal identification number or for tax exemption. The grants are tax-free. It should be stressed, though, that date of birth, gender, name, address and country code must still be reported to e-indkomst. The grant must be reported in space no. 38 and with income type 05, and in space no. 68 with a value of 97.   

Questions regarding AUFF guest researcher grants can be directed to:


Tove Østergaard Le
Aarhus University, AU Forskning og Eksterne Relationer
Phone: 8715 2607, mobile: 2162 4921