Become a member

It is our goal to help you on your journey. In addition to gaining financial security, you will also get career guidance during the different transitions of your work life and access to a large variety of events, workshops and courses.

You can become a member as a student, a new graduate or an employee:

Read about becoming a member as a student

Read about becoming a member as newly graduated

Read about becoming a member as a Ph.D.-student

Read about becoming a member as an employee or self-employed

Membership advantages

  • We have in-depth insight into the academic labour market and your job opportunities. As a member, you can expect a number of advantages:
  • You will become a member of one of Denmark’s cheapest unemployment insurance funds for academics
  • As a member, you will get the best price at 484 DKK per month (2024). Our membership is free for students under the age of 30. 

See how much you will save compared to other unemployment insurance companies

You will have a financial safety net

If you become unemployed, you will have a financial safety net, providing you with a stable income for up to two years.

If you choose to supplement your unemployment insurance with a salary insurance, you will be insured with up to 40,000 DKK per month, in addition to your unemployment benefits.

Read about salary insurance 

You will find employment faster, if you have a membership at our unemployment insurance fund

We specialize in finding jobs for unemployed academics. More than half of our members, who become unemployed, finds a job after 3 months. At our job site, you will find vacant positions aimed entirely at academics. 

We collaborate closely with companies who contact our recruiting consultants instead of advertising their vacant positions, in order to find their next employee. As an unemployed member of our unemployment insurance fund, you therefore get the opportunity to be one step ahead in your job hunt and let us match you with your future work place.

Go to our job site

Inspiration and tools to help you in your job search

As a member of Akademikernes A-kasse you have access to online courses in English with tips and inspiration you can use when applying for jobs. Some of our online courses are followed by workshops where you can practice the competencies you have learned in the courses. 

With our CV and Application Design Tool you can personalise your CV and application. It is easy and intuitive to use - with sections you can combine to best target the position you are applying for.

We regularly offer events in English where you can meet organisations and companys interested in hiring academics.

You can become a part of our startup community

At Akademikernes A-kasse, we are experiencing an increase in members who are interested in creating their own business. Therefore, we have developed some options to help you if you want to create your own startup, become a freelancer/consultant or you have a physical or digital product that you want to launch.

With help from our startup community, our members have created more than 1.300 businesses, which makes it one of the largest entrepreneurial programmes in Denmark. Please note that the programme is in Danish, so understanding and reading Danish is a requirement.

Read more about the start-up community (in Danish)

Transfer from another unemployment insurance fund

You can always transfer your membership from another unemployment insurance fund to Akademikernes A-kasse. You can keep your earned rights to unemployment benefits from day one.

When transferring to Akademikernes A-kasse, you need to apply for the transfer from the day you graduate and you need to apply by using our standard application form.

If you are a new graduate, you have to choose between a membership with graduate rights or a membership with the rights you have earned at your previous insurance fund.

You cannot change this decision at a later point in time, so you must consider it carefully.

You are always welcome to call us if you have any questions.

Salary insurances

Salary insurance is a supplemental private insurance you can use during times of unemployment. With salary insurance, you can get as much as 90 percent of your previous salary - including unemployment benefits and other benefits - for a year. There is a maximum of DKK 40,000 per month in addition to your unemployment benefits.

The salary insurance will take effect, if you are:

  • made redandant
  • unemployed due to illness
  • unemployed due to an accident

The salary insurance will not take effect if you resign or if you are made redundant due to fraud.

If you want to know more about your options, call TopDanmark at 44 74 35 50 or learn more about salary insurance at TopDanmark's website.

Cheaper salary insurance for members of Djøf, IDA and Maskinmestrenes Forening

Djøf, IDA og Maskinmestrenes Forening have made independent arrangements with TopDanmark regarding salary insurance. If you are a member of one of these organisations, you should buy the insurance through them.

Learn more about Djøf's, IDA's and Maskinmestrenes Forening's salary insurance.

If you are eligible for a membership at IDA or Maskinmestrenes Forening (without currently being a member), you can get further information, estimate your possible coverage and learn about what they have to offer by visiting TopDanmark's website.

Early retirement benefits

As a member of Akademikernes A-kasse, you will have the opportunity to participate in the early retirement benefits program. This means that you can retire several years earlier than the usual retirement age.

Payment of membership fee, bank, CVR-number. (the Central Business Register) and invoicing

Direct debit service (Betalingsservice)

You can register to the direct debit service and pay your membership fee automatically every quarter. However, the first request for payment will be sent to you via post and you have to pay with your online banking account. You can register for the automatic payment (direct debit service) of your subsequent bills via Tilmeld Betalingsservice, where you enter your own reg. and account number). 

Bank information

If you need to pay by bank transfer, please use the following account: 5471 and account no. 0002023034 for Akademikernes A-kasse.

If you live abroad

Use the following account if you live abroad:

IBAN no.: DK 68 54 71 00 02 02 30 34

Akademikernes A-kasse’s English language policy

Our information regarding application procedures and our introductory information about unemployment is available in English. Other than that, all communication with Akademikernes A-kasse will be in Danish. Please note that it is your own responsibility to translate any letters or decisions you may receive from us.

If you need help understanding our letters, the rules or requirements, you are welcome to call us. We will find an English-speaking employee for you to talk to.