Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme extended – University of Copenhagen

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08 October 2018

Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme extended

The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme has received funding to carry out four additional admission rounds.

CPH Bioscience PhD programme

The Programme is an initiative from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF), offering motivated international students funding to join a four-year rotation PhD programme at four major research centres at the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark;

  • the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (CPR),
  • the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Stem Cell Biology (DanStem),
  • the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, and
  • the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.


Each year, the Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Programme recruits 16 talented international students to launch their career at the Novo Nordisk Foundation-funded research centers.

The four centers have received funding from the NNF to extend the programme with an additional four rounds of admission. The centers had originally received funding for three admission rounds. During each admission round, the 16 students are divided equally amongst the centers: Selection criteria include academic performance, research experience and interviews.

International students add diversity
The Bioscience programme benefits both students and the centers that receive new perspectives through hosting young talent. In return, the students will be exposed to new state-of-the-art techniques and high quality research.

"The international students bring a whole lot of diversity, both in terms of abilities, experience and knowledge. Through the programme, the centers reach many students that normally would not have otherwise known about the centers. We wish to provide them with the opportunity to come here and do research at a high level," - programme coordinator, Moreno Papetti.

Even though the students are highly qualified when they start, there will be ample opportunities to develop their skills.

"I applied to the programme because I liked the idea of working in an interdisciplinary work environment. I was already trained in many of the methods that are used at CPR, but there was room for improvement, for example in mass spectrometry and proteomics. So, it was nice to start out with things I already knew, but also being able to learn a lot of new things,” - PhD student Ulrike Kühbacher who is one year into the programme at CPR.

The programme's third round has just commenced (September 2018). The application deadline for 2019 admission round is the 6th January 2019.

Contact Press Officer: Mathilde Sofia Egede Andersen (mathilde.andersen@sund.ku.dk)