TALENT Doctoral Fellowship Programme with 74 PhD Scholarships

TALENT is a doctoral programme co-funded by the European Union, with 74 PhD scholarships in the natural and life sciences to be awarded and completed within the next five years.

The TALENT programme is based at the Faculty of ScienceUniversity of Copenhagen. The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Scandinavia’s largest science research and education institution covering a wide spectrum of research areas with 4,500 employees and 9,500 BSc and MSc students in 11 departments.

Through the TALENT programme we offer you the chance to become part of a cohort of exceptionally talented research students with the opportunity to fast-track your career in science and beyond. To achieve this, we offer you a wide range of options,
opportunities and benefits. These include:

  • Access to international and intersectoral collaborations and networking with a range of industrial organisations involved as partners.
  • Access to excellent research environments and infrastructures with world leading research groups participating in the programme within our 16 programme areas.
  • Access to an extensive training and career mentoring programme with scientific training supplemented by bespoke courses in a range of academic and transferrable skills.
  • Employment under world leading working environments as all scholarships are fully funded in line with Danish employment conditions.



Applicants for the TALENT programme must fulfil the following eligibility criteria to be eligible for a scholarship:

  1. At TALENT’s call deadline (1 April 2019), the applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity of work or studies in Denmark for more than 12 months in the past 3 years. Time spent on obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
  2. Must at the TALENT call deadline (1 April 2019) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.
  3. Must hold a relevant MSc degree at the time of applying. However, candidates, who do not hold an MSc degree, are also considered eligible if their credentials and CV equal those achieved on an MSc. This could be in the form of five years of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education OR four years of full-time undergraduate education combined with relevant courses, fieldwork, scientific publications or conducted research.

For further information about the eligibility and admissibility criteria incl. other general requirements, which must be fulfilled, please consult the TALENT Guide for Applicants (PDF).

How to apply

The deadline for the second call for applications is 1 April, 2019Find the call here

The application must include the following enclosures (find all mandatory templates in the boxes to the right)

  1. Cover/motivation letter
  2. Project description incl. ethics assessment form
  3. CV incl. publications (and the names and contact details of two referees: one should be from the master thesis supervisor (if applicable), or other senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with)
  4. Declaration of mobility
  5. Documentation of academic degrees obtained: diplomas must be in English or an officially approved translation must be included.
  6. Copy of English test score sheet (for applicants with English as their second language, cf. requirement regarding English level).


Applications must be completed and submitted via University of Copenhagen’s Job Portal before the call deadline. Applications sent via email or the like will not be considered. An applicant may only submit one application for review.

Questions must be directed to the secretariat: talent@science.ku.dk.

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