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Online application through this website will open in October 2016.


Deadline for applications
Application closes medio December 2016.


Interview visits in Copenhagen
Medio March 2017


September 2017


The centers are embedded at:

University of Copenhagen (CBMR, CPR, DanStem) or Technical University of Denmark (CFB).

Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme

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 enrolment in September the same year. For students to be enrolled in September 2017, the programme will be open for applications from October to December 2016.

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

The guidelines on this page are from the previous call.
New guidelines will be available before the next application round.



The four-year programme is divided into a predoctoral year followed by three years of PhD training at one of the Novo Nordisk Foundation research centers (see below).

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.

Salary and tuition fee will be covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.



  • A fully completed application form submitted via the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s web-based application system before the deadline (link on the left)
  • The programme is open for applicants who have received a university degree from outside of Denmark that would qualify them to enroll into a PhD programme in the country where the degree was obtained.
  • 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 must have lived outside Denmark for a minimum of one year leading up to the programme start date.

LIST of RESEARCH centers

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR)

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB)

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR)

Novo Nordisk Foundation Section for Basic Stem Cell Biology at the Danish Stem Cell Center (BasicStem at DanStem)



For questions about the application process or general questions about the programme:

Amelia Green
Programme Coordinator
+45 35 33 13 22


For questions about the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers:

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research
Hanne Varmark
Senior Research Coordinator
+45 35 33 70 36


Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research
Kateryna Kolkova
Research Coordinator and PhD Coordinator
+45 35 33 36 09


Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability
Susanne Plougheld Winther
Project manager
+45 45 25 80 03


Novo Nordisk Foundation Section for Basic Stem Cell Biology, BasicStem, at the Danish Stem Cell Center, DanStem
Naomi Dayan
Senior Advisor, PhD Coordinator
+45 23 64 90 98