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New Phd Programme Aims to Attract Talented Students From Abroad to Denmark

Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme will accept 16 students annually. The students will be enrolled in the programme at one of four centres, including the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (photo).

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has initiated a new fully funded 4-year PhD programme – the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme.

The Programme offers ambitious, talented students from abroad the opportunity to come to Denmark to take a PhD degree programme in biomedicine or biotechnology. Sixteen students will be accepted annually.

The students will be enrolled in the degree programme at one of the following research centres:

  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research;
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability;
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research; or
  • Novo Nordisk Foundation Section for Basic Stem Cell Biology.

The centres, which are located at universities in Greater Copenhagen, employ more than 700 people. All the centres carry out free and independent research and are a part of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s research centre cluster.


The researchers at the centres work on ambitious, innovative projects at a high scientific level within biomedicine and biotechnology. The vision of the cluster is that the centres can contribute to solving major global challenges such as diabetes and the depletion of natural resources.

The students in the centre cluster will be integrated into an international environment that promotes scientific and interdisciplinary collaboration; they will also be able to reap the benefits of working alongside some of the world’s best researchers.

“In creating this programme, the Novo Nordisk Foundation wants to contribute to educating the next generation of top researchers and to promote interdisciplinarity. We want to attract talented students who have an ambition to obtain a top-quality international education in the centres’ innovative research environments. In addition, Denmark needs to be able to attract the people with the greatest talent from abroad to maintain and expand the country’s strong positions within biomedicine and biotechnology,” says Birgitte Nauntofte, CEO of the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

Applicants must have earned a qualifying degree from a university outside Denmark.


Read more about the Programme here.


Christian Mostrup Scheel, Press Officer, [email protected], mobil +45 3067 4805