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PhD Scholarships in Nursing Research

Call opens
1 August 2023
Call closes
25 September 2023 2:00pm (CEST)
Announcement of results
December 2023
Recurring calls
Expected August 2023
Application guidelines


The Novo Nordisk Foundation hereby calls for applications for PhD Scholarships in Nursing Research. The purpose of this grant is to support ambitious nurses to obtain a research education in Denmark and to pursue a career within nursing research. The PhD Scholarships run for a minimum of three years.

Areas of support include nursing research on disease prevention and health promotion, treatment methods, rehabilitation and palliative care, and research on nursing aspects of management and organization within the health care system with the overall purpose to improve human health.

About the grants


Up to DKK 2 million per grant



Research area focus

Nursing Research


Committee on Nursing Research


For grant inquiries
Joanna Steinhauer
Grant Specialist
[email protected]


The applicant must be a registered nurse and have obtained a master’s degree prior to submitting the application. The research project must be carried out at a university, hospital or other non-profit research institution in Denmark.

The PhD supervisor(s) must be stated in the application and must have agreed to participate in the project.

The applicant must be enrolled as PhD student at a Danish university within a year from receiving the Novo Nordisk Foundation PhD Scholarship Grant Letter. University enrollment agreements can have been made prior to submitting the application.

PhD projects that have already been initiated are not eligible for support.

The requirements for obtaining the PhD degree follow the current rules and regulations of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science (Uddannelses- og Forskningsministeriet).


A total of DKK 8 million is available for funding of up to four grants each of up to DKK 2 million.

The research project applied for must correspond to a full time 3-year PhD project. A detailed budget for the PhD Scholarship must be included in the application and the amount applied for must be DKK 2 million.

Please note, the PhD project can be conducted over 3-5 years. If the PhD project exceeds three years, this must be approved by the Danish university where the applicant will be enrolled, and the project must correspond to a full time 3-year project. In the application, the reason must be stated as supplementary information under the budget tab, and the project period must be extended correspondingly.

Application process

It is important, that the applicant carefully reads the 2022 updated version of “Information and Guidelines for Applicants – PhD Scholarships in Nursing Research 2023” before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.


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