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Maternity, paternity leave, parent or adoption leave

Maternity, paternity leave, parent or adoption leave

Maternity, paternity leave, parent or adoption leave is a legal right that is regulated by the terms of your employment.

  • Depending on your place of employment you must complete a form to report your leave.
  • Your enrolment as a PhD student is extended corresponding to the absence period agreed upon with your place of employment.
  • The remaining duration of your study period will be the same before and after your maternity/paternity leave.

For more information, please contact the HR Department at your place of employment. For KU-employees, please visit KUnet.


Choose your place of employment for the proper instructions

University of Copenhagen (100% faculty scholarship)
University of Copenhagen
Other than University of Copenhagen


University of Copenhagen (100% faculty scholarship)

If your are employed at the University of Copenhagen and 100% funded by a faculty scholarship, these are the forms you must complete:

Before birth Please fill out the form “Notification of childbirth and leave before birth” at KUnet and submit it to the Graduate School.

After birth Please fill out the form “Notification of childbirth and leave after birth” at KUnet and submit it to the Graduate School.

Please visit KUnet for more information about the rules of maternity/paternity leave


University of Copenhagen

If your are employed at the University of Copenhagen, these are the forms you must complete:

Before birth Please fill out the form “Notification of childbirth and leave before birth” at KUnet and submit it to your place of employment.

After birth Please fill out the form “Notification of childbirth and leave after birth” at KUnet and submit it to your place of employment (department/center).

Please visit KUnet for more information about the rules of maternity/paternity leave.


Other than University of Copenhagen

If you are employed outside the University of Copenhagen or your employment at the University has expired, please follow this guide:

Before birth

  • Please inform your place of employment.
  • Only send an email to the Graduate School before the birth if there is less than six months to the submission of your thesis.

After birth

  • Fill in the form maternity, paternity, parent or adoption leave
  • State the number of months and days for your leave, excluding vacation
  • Upload documentation for the birth, eg. birth certificate/social security certificate (no color scan)

Processing time of your application is approximately 14 days.
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