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21 December 2015

CPH Bioscience PhD programme - online application is open

phd programme

The programme online application is open from January 4 to February 29, 2016. Sixteen students will be recruited annually, four of them will be allocated to DanStem.

The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme is a new initiative that offers talented students an opportunity to launch their careers in the vibrant environment of the Novo Nordisk Foundation research center cluster. Sixteen students will be recruited annually through the programme for enrolment in August the same year. In 2016 the programme will be open for applications from January 4 to February 29.

Students will be selected based on academic achievements, research experience, academic references and interviews. The interviews will take place in Copenhagen on April 18-19, 2016. The Novo Nordisk Foundation will pay for travel and accommodation for selected candidates in association with the interview visit.

The projects offered by DanStem are:

  • Anne Grapin-Botton – Single cell choices and community behavior during organogenesis
  • Josh Brickman – Regulating the transition from totipotency to pluripotency
  • Kristian Helin – Targeting epigenetic enzymes in brain tumors
  • Bo Porse – Epigenetic control in normal and malignant hematopoiesis
  • Palle Serup – Integration of Notch Signalling and Lineage Specific Transcription Factors in Organ Patterning
  • Elke Ober – Progenitor cell behaviours in zebrafish liver organogenesis and regeneration
  • Henrik Semb – Cell polarity in organ shape and cellular fate
  • Elisabetta Ferretti – Role of Pbx proteins in lineage choice and mesodermal competence
  • Ole William Petersen – The cellular origin of human breast cancer

General outline:

The four-year programme is divided into a predoctoral year followed by three years of PhD training at one of the Novo Nordisk Foundation research centers (see below).

The first year of the programme includes short rotations, a common course, common seminars and selection of PhD project. All awardees will have to pass an examination at the end of the first year in order to qualify for the following three years of PhD education.

Salary and tuition fee will be covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.


  • A fully completed application form submitted via the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s web-based application system before the deadline (link on the left)
  • The applicant must hold, or anticipate receiving before enrolment, a university degree that would formally qualify them to enter a PhD or equivalent programme in the country where the degree was obtained
  • The programme is open for applicants who have received their university degree outside of Denmark
  • The applicant must provide a minimum of two academic references
  • Proof of English language skills (e.g. TOEFL or GRE scores)

Official website
Online application