CPH Bioscience PhD Program

DanStem is part of The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD program, a Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) initiative, offering motivated international students funding to join a four-year rotation PhD program at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Center Cluster in Greater Copenhagen. The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD Program is divided into a pre-doc year followed by three years of PhD training.


CPH Bioscience students 2017

Up to sixteen students are recruited annually for enrolment in September. Successful applicants are employed at the Research Center they applied to, and at the University that Research Center is embedded at. Students do not decide upon their supervisor until after they have completed the rotation projects, but applicants can indicate the research topics and/or supervisors that interest them in the application form.

Applicants must have completed an education that brings them to the entry level for a PhD. It is required that applicants hold at least one degree from outside Denmark, and/or have been living and working outside Denmark for a significant period of time. Applicants must provide documentation of their English language ability. The program funding is open to all nationalities, provided all eligibility requirements are fulfilled. For full details of the eligibility requirements, please visit the application webpage.

Each Copenhagen Bioscience PhD student chooses three labs for short rotation projects, then makes an agreement with one of those supervisors to host their long-term project. The ultimate PhD project is developed in collaboration between the supervisor and student, according to their mutual interests.