HM Queen Margrethe II´s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society | Carlsbergfondet

Application guideline

HM Queen Margrethe II´s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society


1 October at 4 pm.

This project is a collaboration between and co-sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation and The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannis) (

Five two-year postdoctoral fellowships within the natural sciences focusing specifically on using molecular proxies to unravel historical climate-ecosystem relationships on land an in the ocean and mapping relationships between climate conditions and the marine biosphere in the Anthropocene; on identifying climate induced changes in ocean processes; and on using tephra chronology to establish robust age models for marine and terrestrial sediment cores.

Three two-year postdoctoral fellowships within the humanities and social sciences focusing specifically on the ocean and the implications of climate change for Icelandic culture and social life.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the PI of HM Queen Margrethe II’s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society, Professor Katherine Richardson, Copenhagen University (, prior to submitting an application since individual postdoctoral projects must be aligned with and contribute to the common research activities of the Danish-Icelandic research centre. For a more detailed description read the project description.

An expert panel nominated by Iceland and Denmark will carry out a detailed assessment of the applications and make recommendations to the board of the Carlsberg Foundation and Rannis’ call committee.

A previous strong connection to Danish research is not required.

Applicants with more than five years of experience since obtaining their PhD degree are not eligible. Any periods of leave will be accepted as extensions of this time limit (maternity leave, paternity leave, family care leave, illness, military service, etc.).

If the applicant has not yet obtained a PhD degree by 1 October, a copy of the assessment of the PhD thesis must be submitted by e-mail to: no later than 1 November at noon.

The Carlsberg Foundation covers general operating expenses with DKK 5,000 per month for experimental projects and DKK 2,500 per month for other projects.

Operating expenses are at the postdoctoral grant holder’s disposal to cover conferences, study trips, etc., and cannot be used to cover overhead costs and administration fees.

Subsequent to getting a grant, a grant holder under this type of grant may apply for an additional grant to cover extra costs (such as double household) associated with working in both Denmark and Iceland. 

If the project is granted, the Carlsberg Foundation offers a session  with a tax expert, free of charge, to those grant holders who need professional advice on how they can expect to be taxed during their stay abroad and how to fill in their tax forms.

Application requirements:

The application must be submitted through Webfond (application system)

The following appendices must be uploaded with the application in pdf format (please note that other formats are not accepted):

  • Project description
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of publications
  • Budget
  • Salary budget
  • Housing commitment from the host institution
  • Recommendation from the PhD supervisor 
  • Recommendations

Project description
The project description must not exceed two A4 pages.

Curriculum Vitae
The CV (with photo if possible) must not exceed three A4 pages.

List of publications
Senior researchers are asked to list publications from the last five years.

A budget for the amount applied for must be provided by filling in the Carlsberg Foundation budget template.

Salary budget
Along with the budget, please attach a separate salary budget signed by the host institution certifying the accuracy of the salary applied for.

Housing commitment from the host institution
The applicant must submit a confirmation from the host institution that it will provide adequate workplace and facilities during the research stay.

Recommendation from the PhD supervisor 
The applicant must submit a recommendation from her/his PhD supervisor.

The applicant may attach up to three recommendations to the application or send them separately to no later than 1 October.