Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

Deadline: 15 December 2016
Open to: talented students with a university degree from outside of Denmark
Scholarship: full salary and tuition fee


The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme is a new initiative that offers talented students with a university degree from outside of Denmark an opportunity to launch their careers in the vibrant environment of the Novo Nordisk Foundation research center cluster. Up to sixteen students will be recruited annually through the programme for enrollment in September the same year.

The four-year programme is divided into a pre-doctoral year followed by three years of PhD training at one of the Novo Nordisk Foundation research centers. The first year of the programme includes short rotations, a common course, common seminars and selection of PhD project. All awardees will have to pass an examination at the end of the first year in order to qualify for the following three years of PhD education.


  • A fully completed application form submitted via the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s web-based application system before the deadline;
  • The applicant must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree from outside of Denmark that formally qualifies them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme;
  • The programme is also open for applicants with Danish degrees who have at least a year of full-time research experience from outside Denmark;
  • The applicant must provide a minimum of two academic references;
  • Proof of English language skills (e.g. TOEFL or GRE scores);
  • All applicants should have lived outside Denmark for a minimum of one year leading up to the programme start date;
  • Applicants should not be resident in Denmark at the time of the application deadline.


Students will be selected based on academic achievements, research experience, academic references, and interviews. The interviews will take place in Copenhagen in March 2017, for a PhD Programme starts in September 2017. The Novo Nordisk Foundation will pay for travel and accommodation for selected candidates in association with the interview visit.

Full salary and tuition fee will be covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The programme offers the possibility to rent an apartment for the first year, in the city centre of Copenhagen, ranked as the most liveable city in the world, again, in 2016.

How to apply?

The programme is open for applications from October to December 2016. Candidates must apply through the Novo Nordisk Foundation application system. The closing date is 15 December, 2016.

More information on the official website.

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