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Internationalisation Fellowships

Application guidelines

Through its Internationalisation Fellowships the Carlsberg Foundation wishes to promote the internationalisation of Danish talents and talent development in Danish research.
CALL OPENS: 30 June 2023

Deadline: 1 October 2023
Recurring call
Next call is expected 30 June 2023

These fellowships are awarded to outstanding PhDs for a one-to-two year uninterrupted research stay at a leading international research institution outside Denmark.

To be eligible for the Internationalisation Fellowships, the applicant must hold a PhD degree or must have received the final assessment of the PhD thesis.

The PhD degree must have been obtained from a Danish research institution.

Applicants with more than three years of experience at the time of application 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.). The exact PhD date must be specified in the CV.

Applicants who are already affiliated to the research institution where the project is to be carried out cannot apply for these fellowships.

The applicant will be expected to take up residence in the country where the international research institution is located during the period of the fellowship.

The Internationalisation Fellowships are generally tax-free in Denmark, and amount to:

DKK 450,000 per year if the applicant is travelling alone
DKK 525,000 per year if the applicant is travelling with children.

The amount is granted as a fixed rate which must cover all costs including salary.

In cases when the applicant plans to move to an particularly expensive location, it is possible to apply for up to additional DKK 60,000 per year to cover extra high rent and living expenses. 

Please see indicative list of expensive locations.

The additional DKK 60,000 must be applied for at the time of submission of the application. It is not possible to apply at a later time.

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 CF-Grant (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 and list of publications
  • Budget
  • Housing commitment from the host institution
  • Recommendations
  • If relevant: Copy of the final assessment of the PhD thesis

Project description
The project description must not exceed two A4 pages (including figures, tables, etc.). The two A4 pages must not exceed 6,000 characters including spaces, figure captions, formulas, etc. 

References/ bibliography must be added in direct continuation of the project description.

The font Times New Roman, font size 12, at least 2 cm margin on the left, right, top and bottom, and line spacing of 1.5. must be used.

The project description must include the innovative scientific quality of the project compared to the applicant’s PhD project, as well as how the project contributes to the applicant’s scientific career development. 

The project description must also include a description of the scientific environment in which the project will be carried out, including an account of why the chosen environment is well suited to the proposed activities. 

Furthermore, a description of the connection to Danish research must be included. 

Curriculum Vitae and list of publications 
The CV must not exceed two A4 pages.
The exact PhD date must be specified in the CV. 

A list of publications must be uploaded, in the same pdf document as the CV. 

A budget for the fixed rate applied for must be uploaded using the Carlsberg Foundation budget template. It is not necessary to itemise the expenses in the budget.

Housing commitment from the host institution  
A confirmation from the hosting institution that it will provide adequate workplace facilities during the stay must be uploaded.

Up to three recommendations may be uploaded or sent separately to no later than 1 April.

If relevant: Copy of the final assessment of the PhD thesis
A copy of the final assessment of the PhD thesis must be uploaded. The final assessment of the PhD thesis should be the written statement from the three members of the committee at your PhD defence. Only relevant if the PhD degree has not yet been obtained.

Please note: The foundation reserves the right to make adjustments to the criteria.

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