Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme

Fully-funded four year PhD programme in an international scientific environment


The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme recruits approximately sixteen outstanding candidates per year to launch their careers in a world-class biomedicine and biotechnology research environment.

Applicants must have received their university degrees from outside Denmark or hold a Danish degree and have significant full-time research experience from outside Denmark. Full details of the eligibility requirements are found at the application webpage.

Applications must be submitted through the Novo Nordisk Foundation application system:

For applications to join the programme in September 2021, the application system will be open Autumn 2020, and the interview visit will be in March 2021. The 2021 interview visit is likely to be converted to an online process due to the coronavirus situation.


The interview visit runs for 2-3 days, and includes a panel interview with the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme Admissions Panel, one-on-one meetings with supervisors of interest, site visits to the four Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers, meals and activities. The Admissions Panel comprises two Group Leaders from each of the four NNF Research Centers, and a representative from NNF. Travel and accommodation for the interview visit are paid by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Final assessment of applicants takes into account their academic record and references, the content of the submitted application form and CV, performance in the panel interview, feedback from one-on-one meetings with Group Leaders, and participation in the interview visit in general.