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Lundbeckfonden PhD scholarships

Lundbeckfonden's vision is to create a better life through new knowledge. The aim of the foundation’s grants is to make a significant contribution towards increasing the quality and the usability of all research-based knowledge and experience gained in the field of biomedical and health sciences in Denmark. At the same time, our grants must help ensure that Denmark always has the best graduates and scientists at all career levels.

Therefore, the foundation awards PhD scholarships for free and independent biomedical and health sciences research of the highest standard at Danish research institutions.

The term ‘biomedical and health science’ is used here in its broadest sense, since there are many adjacent fields of research which, traditionally, belong to other classical faculties (particularly natural science and technical science) but, to an increasing extent, help steer the field of biomedicine towards new breakthroughs in knowledge and treatment. Consequently, research in technical and natural sciences with subject matter that addresses biomedical and health issues is treated as biomedical and health science research.

How do you apply?

As a future PhD student, you are the main applicant. You are only eligible to apply if you already hold a Master’s degree or if you gain your Master’s degree no later than three to four months after the application deadline. The foundation stipulates that you must be registered as PhD student at a university.

In order to ensure that you receive the best possible support and guidance during your PhD programme, the foundation requires your intended supervisor to be co-applicant on the application.

The scholarship amount depends on the collective agreement on which your employment is based. You will find the annual amount in the application form. This covers salary, tuition fees and a contribution towards running costs. You can also apply for partial cover if your project is co-financed. However, the application to Lundbeckfonden must mainly cover salary.

You may not submit more than one application for the May 2017 deadline. If you received a rejection from the foundation to an application for the November 2016 deadline, you cannot apply again before autumn 2017. 

Your application will be evaluated based on the originality and quality of the application’s scientific content, your qualifications as an applicant and the quality of the academic environment where you will be conducting your research. 

You apply via the foundation's application system.