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Postdoctoral Fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 2024

Call opens
7 November 2023
Call closes
29 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
June 2024
Recurring calls
November 2024
Application guidelines


In NORMA you find the call under the title Postdoctoral Fellowships for MIT, Stanford Bio-X, University of Oxford MPLS and Weizmann Institute of Science –  2024

The Novo Nordisk Foundation invites promising young, ambitious researchers to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT in interdisciplinary research at the highest international level.

The fellowship offers an opportunity for promising young, enthusiastic researchers to carry out a research project in which about three years are dedicated to work at MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by about one year at a Danish university or other public or non-profit research institution.

MIT is one of the world’s leading universities in science and technology, with a strong tradition in education, cutting-edge research, and innovation. NNF wishes to fuel the career development of excellent early-stage researchers:

  • By giving the awardee the opportunity to obtain research experience, training, and knowledge in a unique interdisciplinary environment at the highest international level, while also openly exchanging intellect and ideas with MIT peers.
  • Through mobility, extending the awardee’s scientific networks and innovative spirit, fostering scientific independence.
  • By associating the awardee to a Danish research institution throughout the project, thereby facilitating the return of the awardee from MIT, and his/her continued research career in the Danish research environment.

Fellowships within this programme are also offered with Stanford Bio-X, University of Oxford and Weizmann Institute of Science as the hosting institution.

About the grants


Up to DKK 4 mio. per grant


Going abroad from Denmark

Career stage

Postdoctoral fellowships


Committee on Interdisciplinary Research


For grant inquiries
Ulla Vig Nissen
Grant Manager, Dr Philos
[email protected]
Coralie Backlund
Scientific Manager
+45 2252 4809 [email protected]


A Danish university or other public, non-profit research institution in Denmark must employ the applicant for the entire fellowship period and this institution must administer the fellowship grant.

The successful applicant:

  • will have obtained a PhD degree within 5 years of the fellowship start date. Note: Periods with leave of absence should be excluded from the 5 years.
  • will have a solid education in natural and technical sciences, biomedicine, or biotechnology and a deep interest for interdisciplinary research.
  • can apply as a PhD student if the PhD supervisor signs a declaration stating that the applicant is expected to graduate before the start date of the fellowship.
  • has established contact with a MIT faculty member, who has committed to being the primary research mentor for the duration of the fellowship.
  • has a significant association to the Danish educational system or research environment, e.g., by having graduated from a Danish University or by having several years of research experience at a Danish institution and a clear intention of returning to Denmark after the stay abroad.


The duration of the fellowship is a minimum of 3 years and up to 4 years.
NNF will award approx. DKK 1 million per year, for a total of up to DKK 4 million per fellowship (pro rata).


It is important to carefully read the “Information and guidelines for applicants”, before initiating the application process, as these guidelines contains the complete call text as well as instructions regarding the completion of the application.

Recurring call

The Postdoctoral Fellowships at MIT will open again November 2024.