Apply for grants

Steno North American Fellowships

Call opens
29 November 2023
Call closes
23 January 2024 1:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Ultimo April 2024
Application guidelines Send application


With this call, the Novo Nordisk Foundation invites ambitious researchers to apply for a Steno North American Fellowship within clinical diabetes research.

The purpose of the Steno North American Fellowships is to:
• Strengthen the transatlantic collaboration and clinical research on caring for and treating diabetes patients and enhance synergies across the partner research institutions.
• Give the institutions/research communities the opportunity to exchange methods and ideas.
• Promote the researcher’s academic development, e.g. by obtaining training on specific topics and sharing knowledge in an international research environment focused on clinical and translational diabetes research.

Steno North American Fellowships is a transatlantic collaboration enhancing synergies between the partner institutions for the benefit of people living with diabetes.

Please note that the call deadline is moving in 2024. The deadline in 2024 is 23 January at 2 pm CET.

About the grants


Up to DKK 1.5 million per grant

Career stage

Postdoctoral fellowships, Research Leaders (Established/Prof.), Research Leaders (junior/non-tenured), Research Leaders (Mid-career/Associate Prof.)


Committee on Endocrinology and Metabolism


For grant inquiries
Kristina Rohde Larsen
Grant Specialist
+45 2277 8553 [email protected]


The Steno North American Fellowship only applies to researchers affiliated to one of the partner institutions. Further, the applicant must apply for a fellowship “across the Atlantic”, meaning, researchers affiliated at one of the three North American institutions (Joslin Diabetes Center IBIDMC, University of Toronto, University of Michigan) can apply for a fellowship at one of the five Steno Diabetes Centers in Denmark, and vice versa.

The successful candidate

  • Is a senior postgraduate researcher/ Postdoc/ Researcher/ Senior Researcher/Assistant Professor/ Associate Professor/ Professor.
  • Has solid, documented experience and deep interest in diabetes research.
  • Is excited to take this opportunity to boost his/her own career and expand the research
  • Is employed at one of the partner institutions:
    – Joslin Diabetes Center/ BIDMC
    – University of Toronto
    – University of Michigan
    – Steno Diabetes Center North Denmark
    – Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus
    – Steno Diabetes Center Odense
    – Steno Diabetes Center Zealand
    – Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen


A total of up to DKK 6,5 million is available for grants lasting from 3 months up to 1 ½ years. A maximum of DKK 1,5 million can be applied for per grant, corresponding to a maximum of DKK 500,000 for a 6-month period.

Application process

Before applying
The applicant must establish contact with a Principal Investigator (PI) at the desired partner institution, who will be the applicant’s primary research contact for the duration of the
fellowship. This should ensure placement for the potential grant recipient at a hosting institution. The applicant should work with the host PI from the partner institution on the research proposal in the application. And the partner institution should provide a Hosting Letter stating commitment to hosting the applicant, and endorsement of the research project. The applicant must also confirm their home institution’s support through a Letter of Support, signed by the management at the home institution. The applicant should ensure that the home institution agrees to administering the entire grant should the applicant be selected, see more under Appendices, item 3.5.

The Foundation will not claim ownership of or rights to any intellectual property generated by the activities the Steno North American Fellowships supports.

The application must be completed and submitted using NNF’s online application and grant management system, NORMA, which can be accessed from:
Further information on how to access and navigate in NORMA can be found in chapter 2.

When all applications have been assessed, applicants will be notified about whether or not they have been awarded a grant. The notification e-mail will be sent from [email protected] to the e-mail address entered on initial registration.

Applying for visas
If selected for a grant it is recommended to start the application process for visas early to give yourself extra time to gather all needed documents. It is the grantees responsibility to apply for visas.
In relation to housing, the grantee is responsible for finding housing and is advised to contact the Partner Institution if guidance is needed.

Please note that the call deadline is moving in 2024. The deadline in 2024 is 23 January at 2 pm CET.



Grant listings

All the projects we have funded are listed here. You can customise your search by grant year and category and use free text search.

Managing a grant

Read more about how to manage a grant and what general information you need as a grant holder.