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Parental leave

Employees (PhD students following the 5+3 scheme or part B of the 4+4 scheme)

Your terms of employment can only be extended for that part of your leave which takes place within your period of employment. If your employment ends during leave, your employment can maximum be extended for a period corresponding to the period of absence which took place before your employment ended. This means that you - after ending your leave - will return to your work for a period which corresponds to your absence within the period of employment.

The graduate school does not extend the enrolment or employment for any leave of absence held without prior written consent from the graduate school.


  • Parental leave if only one of the parents is covered by Danish legislation on social security (non-Danish parent): English version

Aarhus University

  • Guidelines of 19 March 2008 for staff at the University of Aarhus regarding extended and flexible parental leave, etc.: Danish version - English version (birth/adoption)
  • AU HR's website - information, notifications and forms for employee (5+3 scheme and part B of the 4+4 scheme): Danish version - English version
  • AU HR memo of 20 August 2012 on childcare days for PhD students: Danish version

The Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration

The Ministry of Employment

PhD students on part A of the 4+4 scheme

  • Mother: up to 12 month = up to 24 SU-points (no sooner than 2 months before and up to 12 months after - however, maximum 12 months in total)
  • Father: up to six month = up to 12 SU-points

  • Ministerial Order of Law on SU - The Danish students' Grants and Loans Scheme no. 391 of 15 January 2014 (please refer to section 51): Danish version
  • Ministerial Order no. 653 of 31 July 1999 on SU PhD scholarships, (please refer to section 3): Danish version 

Other rules and guidelines

  • Danish Consolidation Act no. 827 of 26 June 2017: Ministerial Order on the act on entitlement to leave and benefits in the event maternity/paternity leave (barselsloven): Danish version
  • Danish Consolidation Act no. 73 of 30 January 2018: Ministerial Order on the right to maternity/paternity benefits: Danish version
  • Danish Consolidation Act no. 645 of 8 June 2011: Ministerial Order of Law on equal treatment of men and women in regard to employment etc.: Danish version
  • The Agency for the Modernisation of Public Administration; Circular of 12 Augudt 2015 on Parental leave, adoption and childcare days: Danish version
  • Danish Consolidation Act no. 1047 of 28 October 2004: Ministerial Order of Law on sick pay or maternity pay: Danish version
  • Ministry of Employment: English version

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Revised 05.11.2018