28 PhD positions within the Doctoral Programme, TALENT at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Deadline: 1 October 2018
Open to: young researchers from all over the world
Benefits: monthly salary of EUR 2,597


The Doctoral Programme TALENT is offering 28 PhD scholarships in the below-mentioned 16 areas, commencing 1 January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The 28 PhD fellowships are in the following fields:
Biodiversity; biological sciences and bioinformatics; chemical sciences; computer sciences; earth and planetary systems sciences; environment, climate and sustainability; food sciences; health and genomics; mathematical sciences, statistics & economics; nano and materials sciences; natural science education; nutrition and sports; particle physics, astro physics and cosmology; plant sciences and biotechnology; quantum sciences and technology; resource economics and global development.
The TALENT programme offers 74 PhD fellowships (in total) of 36 months each, attractive employment conditions at one of the 12 departments at SCIENCE and enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at SCIENCE. TALENT is a unique programme by requesting, as part of the application procedure, the applicants to devise their own interdisciplinary PhD project within one of the above-mentioned 16 programme areas/panels and to indicate the department, which they find most suitable to host their project, and the names of the main supervisor and co-supervisors. In other words, TALENT is a bottom up programme, which thereby focuses on the research interests of the PhD students. If employed, an individual Career Development Plan will be made for the TALENT PhD students, outlining scientific as well as transferable courses, international research visits/secondments, mentoring and other career enhancing activities. The Career Development plan is a central element in ensuring the right training and progress throughout the PhD project.
The PhD School at SCIENCE, in which the TALENT PhD students will be enrolled, has over 1,100 students and app. 55% of them come from outside of Denmark, originating from 75 different countries. This means that even the PhD environment is highly international and competitive.
The position is available for a 3-year period and the key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are:
  • To manage and carry through the research project;
  • Attend PhD courses;
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis;
  • Teach and disseminate the research;
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad;
  • Work for the department.


In order to be eligible for the TALENT Doctoral Programme, applicants:
  1. May not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to TALENT’s call deadline: 1 October 2018. Time spent on obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  2. Must at the TALENT call deadline (1 October 2018) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  3. Must hold a relevant MSc degree at the time of applying. However, candidates, who do not hold an MSc degree, are also considered eligible if their credentials and CV equal those achieved on an MSc. This could be in the form of five years of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education OR four years of full-time undergraduate education combined with relevant courses, fieldwork, scientific publications or conducted research (these aspects must be documented by uploading additional documents as part of the CV). The background is that applicants awarded a TALENT doctoral fellowship must be enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year PhD programme at SCIENCE. To this end, the entry requirements as defined by SCIENCE’s PhD School have to be respected.
Please carefully read the detailed description of the eligibility and admissibility criteria and the additional requirements, incl. the use of mandatory templates, for applying in the TALENT Guide for Applicants userwatch and on the TALENT website.


TALENT is an international and interdisciplinary Ph.D. programme, which offers young researchers the chance to become part of a cohort of exceptionally talented Ph.D. students with the opportunity to cultivate their research talent. To this end, they offer:
  • Access to international and intersectoral collaborations and networking with a range of industrial organizations;
  • Access to excellent research environments and infrastructures with world-leading research groups;
  • Access to an extensive training and career mentoring programme with scientific training supplemented by tailor-made courses in a range of academic and transferable skills;
  • Employment under world-leading working environments as all fellowships are funded fully in line with Danish employment conditions.

The Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND rules stipulate a minimum monthly salary of EUR 2,597 (EUR 31,164 pr. year), of which H2020/MSCA/COFUND covers EUR 1,855 (EUR 22,260 pr. year). As is outlined below, SCIENCE complies fully with these rules.

The objective of the TALENT programme is to facilitate the early independence of the Ph.D. students and fast-track their careers in academia or industry.

How to apply?

In order to apply, please fill in the online application form.

For more information, please read the official call.