New Copenhagen BioScience PhD Programme

The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme is a new initiative that offers talented students with a university degree from outside of Denmark an opportunity to launch their careers in the vibrant environment of the Novo Nordisk Foundation research centre cluster.

This September, fourteen international students will join the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme – an interdisciplinary PhD Programme within biomedicine and biotechnology.

Combines the best of American and European PhD education

The fully funded four-year programme is initiated by the Novo Nordisk Foundation and is hosted by four large research centres in Greater Copenhagen supported by the Foundation, exposing the students to different areas of research and techniques.

“The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme is designed to combine the best aspects of American and European/Danish PhD education, producing well-rounded, independent, critically thinking scientists in an optimal time frame,” says Joshua Brickman, Professor at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Section for Basic Stem Cell Biology, University of Copenhagen, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the PhD Programme.

Live and study in Copenhagen

The 14 participants come from 11 different countries, including China, Turkey, Peru, Russia and Colombia.

“There are many reasons why I wanted to join the programme. The centres comprise a wide range of expertise from which you can really learn and find collaborators in different fields. I expect to strengthen my scientific skills, and I look forward to the study and life in Copenhagen,” said Lili Niu from China, who will join the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research at the University of Copenhagen.

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Application for 2017 opens in October 

Up to sixteen students will be recruited annually for enrolment in September the same year. The PhD Programme spans the following four research centres:

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

For students to be enrolled in September 2017, the programme will be open for applications from October to December 2016.

Read more about the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme.