Ph.D. On Campus

Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion

Aarhus University

36 months
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The PhD in Anthropology, Global Studies and the Study of Religion programme at Aarhus University draws on well-established research and teaching in European and Asian Studies, the Middle East, Africa, and the circumpolar regions.


  • Drawing on internationally well-established research environments based in the fields of Anthropology, International Area Studies, and the Study of Religion, a particular strength of the PhD programme is interdisciplinarity. Strong research environments dedicated to exploring and integrating methods from beyond the Humanities, e.g. in the study of culture, cognition and religion as well as in human security and international development, offer students unique opportunities for the pursuit of new directions in and across the associated disciplines. At the same time, strong individual research environments ensure disciplinary training at the highest levels.
  •  Collaborations with institutions in the respective regions and with leading universities in Australia, across Europe and North America provide extensive opportunities for international research and training.
  • Theoretical interests are founded on a combination of solid social and human science theories, and range from phenomenology, post-structuralism and grounded theory over various comparative, sociological and historically-based approaches to cognitive science.
  • All B-level courses of the study programme will be available in English. The programme is affiliated with the national PhD education networks for Anthropology, International Area Studies and the Study of Religion.

Research facilities available

  • In the context of collaborations with researchers in the cognitive neuro- and behavioral sciences in the context of MindLab some PhD projects at Aarhus University draw on the world-class experimental facilities at AU.

Programme Structure

Current core research areas include:

  • ethnographic methods; 
  • experimental anthropology; 
  • visual anthropology; welfare, children and youth; 
  • democracy, globalization and transnational mobility; contemporary religion and contemplative traditions;
  • history of religions; cognitive science of religion; 
  • gender and politics; 
  • human security and post-conflict studies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal information
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Academic background 
  • Financing - indicate sources and amounts of possible financial support, if any. Also, please see the "Financing and prospective supervisors" section above.
  • Plan of study
  • Project description for open calls (½-4 pages) - describe your ideas and research plans for your project. 
  • References 
  • Motivation

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Aarhus

6639 - 10051 DKK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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