Recruiting 16 motivated students from around the world to join a fully-funded four year PhD programme in an international scientific environment at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers. Positions starting September 2021. Applicants of all nationalities may be awarded funding, provided they fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.
The four-year programme is divided into a pre-doctoral year followed by three years of PhD training at one of the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers based at the University of Copenhagen or the Technical University of Denmark:
- Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem)
- Center for Protein Research (CPR)
- Center for Biosustainability (CFB)
- Center for Basic Metabolic Research (CBMR)
The pre-doctoral year includes short rotation projects, choice of a lab for the long-term (PhD) project, and common research-based courses. Approximately 15% of time during the pre-doctoral year is spent on courses, and the rest of the time on research. Awardees must pass an assessment at the end of the pre-doctoral year to qualify for the following three years of PhD education.
Supervisors and Research Areas
Applicants pre-select one of the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers in their application. Each Center conducts research in several connected research areas in biotechnology or biomedicine. CBMR investigates how the interaction between genes and environment affects human metabolism, CFB promotes a sustainable biobased chemical industry using specifically designed cell cultures (cell factories) to produce chemicals and pharmaceuticals, CPR works on integrative protein technologies, and DanStem investigates stem cell differentiation and the role of cancer stem cells in different types of cancer. See the programme website, application webpage, and Center websites (links above) for more information.
Potential supervisors and projects are listed on the programme website: Potential Supervisors