Maternity, paternity, parent or adoption leave

Maternity, paternity, parent or adoption leave

Maternity, paternity, 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. However, your enrolment will not be extended due to vacation, neither if the vacation is taken in connection with your maternity-, paternity- or parental leave.
  • 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, you must inform the Graduate School before and after the birth.

Please find the two relevant forms and more information about the rules of maternity/paternity leave at KUnet.


University of Copenhagen

If your are employed at the University of Copenhagen, you must inform your place of employment (department/center) before and after the birth.

Please find the two relevant forms and more information about the rules of maternity/paternity leave at KUnet.


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.
Industrial PhD students must notify Innovation Fund Denmark.