Applications will be open Oct-Dec 2017 for a programme start in Sept 2018
The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme recruits up to 16 motivated international students annually to launch their careers in the vibrant scientific environment of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers in Copenhagen. For enrolment in September 2018, applications will be open from October to December 2017.
Selection is based on academic achievements, research experience, academic references and interviews. A mandatory interview visit for up to 40 shortlisted applicants comprises panel interviews, one-on-one meetings with potential supervisors, and tours of the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers, and will take place in Copenhagen in March 2018. The Novo Nordisk Foundation will pay for travel and accommodation for selected applicants in association with the interview visit.
The programme offers support finding accommodation in the city centre of Copenhagen for the first year.
The four-year programme is divided into a pre-doctoral year followed by three years of PhD training at one of the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers embedded at the University of Copenhagen or the Technical University of Denmark:
The pre-doctoral year includes short rotation projects, choice of a lab for the long-term (PhD) project, and common research-based courses. Approximately 15% of time during the pre-doctoral year is spent on courses, and the remaining 85% on lab-based research. All awardees must pass an assessment at the end of the pre-doctoral year to qualify for the following three years of PhD education.
All students in the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme complete three two-week rotation projects at the start of the pre-doctoral year. These rotation projects allow students to gain experience with the methods, important scientific questions and research environment in the labs they are interested in joining. During each rotation project, the student and supervisor are expected to discuss potential long-term project ideas. After completing the three rotation projects, the student makes an agreement with one of their rotation supervisors to join their lab for the long-term (PhD) project.
For more information about the pre-doctoral year and courses, see the programme website.
SUPERVISORS AND RESEARCH AREAS
By submitting this application, applicants apply primarily to the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme, and also pre-select one of the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers. Each Center conducts research in several research areas around a central theme within biotechnology or biomedicine. More information about research areas can be found on the programme website and the Center websites (see links above).
Applicants are required to explain their interest in particular supervisors and/or research topics in the application form. Potential supervisors and projects are listed on the programme website.
Link to: POTENTIAL SUPERVISORS
Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:
- Submit a fully completed application form before the deadline via the Novo Nordisk Foundation web-based application system (link on the left)
- Hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree from outside of Denmark that formally qualifies the applicant to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained
- The programme is also open for applicants with Danish degrees who have at least 12 months (or one academic year in case of an academic stay connected to a degree) of full-time research or academic experience from outside Denmark
- The applicant should have lived outside of Denmark for a minimum of 12 months (or one academic year) of the 36 months leading up to the application deadline
- The maximum time within the 12 months leading up to the application deadline that the applicant should have worked or studied at any of the NNF Research Centers is 3 months (i.e. current or recent Masters students and Research Assistants at the NNF Research Centers are not eligible)
- Provide a minimum of two academic references
- Provide proof of English language skills (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, GRE scores)
Refer to the “Information and guidelines for applicants” for more details and FAQ regarding eligibility.
Full salary and tuition fee will be covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Funding for the first year is awarded unconditionally to all successful applicants. Funding for the following three years is awarded conditionally, to be approved following a successful qualifying assessment at the end of the first (pre-doctoral) year. Up to sixteen positions will be funded for a programme start in September 2018. Applicants of all nationalities may be awarded funding, provided they fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.
For more information, see the programme website.
Applications must be completed and submitted using the Novo Nordisk Foundation electronic application system. It is important to start by carefully reading the “Information and guidelines for applicants”, accessed via the link below, before initiating the online application process. Essential information on the call and application process is found in these guidelines.
All complete applications submitted are reviewed by a committee of Group Leaders from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers.
Applicants can expect a reply from the review committee in February 2018.
Questions regarding CPH Bioscience PhD curriculum and research:
Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme Coordinator
University of Copenhagen / Technical University of Denmark
firstname.lastname@example.org / +45 35 33 13 22
Questions regarding the application system: