The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme recruits up to 16 motivated international students annually to launch their careers in the vibrant scientific environment of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers in Copenhagen.
Selection is based on academic achievements, research experience, academic references and interviews. The interview visit for up to 40 shortlisted applicants comprises panel interviews, one-on-one meetings with potential supervisors, and tours of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers.
Furthermore, the Novo Nordisk Foundation arranges and pays for travel and accommodation for interviewing candidates.
The four-year programme is divided into a pre-doctoral year followed by three years of PhD training at the University of Copenhagen or the Technical University of Denmark.
The pre-doctoral year includes short rotation projects, choice of a lab for the long-term (PhD) project, and research-based courses. Approximately 15% of the time during the pre-doctoral year will be on courses and the remaining 85% on lab-based research. All awardees must pass an assessment at the end of the pre-doctoral year to qualify for the following three years of PhD education.
All students in the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme complete three two-week rotation projects at the start of the pre-doctoral year. During each rotation project, the student and supervisor will discuss potential long-term project ideas. After completing the three rotation projects, the student agrees with one of their rotation supervisors to join their lab for the long-term (PhD) project.
The CPH Bioscience PhD programme is for international talents to come to Denmark and start their research careers at one of the NNF Research Centers.
Applicants must fulfil the following:
Up to sixteen positions will get funding for a programme that starts in September 2022. Applicants of all nationalities may be awarded funding, provided they fulfil all of the eligibility criteria.