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Carlsberg Foundation issues Call for Applications 2020

The Carlsberg Foundation’s Call for Applications 2020 offers a wide range of instruments to support ground-breaking research ideas and young researchers’ opportunities to conduct outstanding research at both Danish and international universities. The Call for Applications includes eight postdoc fellowships at Queen Margrethe’s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society.

With its Call for Applications 2020, the Carlsberg Foundation is inviting applications for basic-science research activities at a high international level within the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. In so doing, the Carlsberg Foundation aims to promote generational change and internationalisation in Danish research.

Read the Call for Applications and Guidelines

Funding for research projects, monographs and infrastructure

At postdoc level, this year’s Call for Applications includes two-year internationalisation fellowships for posts at leading international research institutions. Application can also be made for two-year visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and for two-year reintegration fellowships for young researchers who have benefited from a Carlsberg Foundation internationalisation fellowship or conducted other private or publicly funded research work abroad.

“I’m really pleased that our Call for Applications 2020 is putting extra focus on strengthening talent development and internationalisation in Danish research,” says Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Carlsberg Foundation. “It’s fully in keeping with the Foundation’s new strategy that we’re now offering no fewer than four types of postdoc fellowship at postdoc level, many of which will be awarded for research projects to be conducted in strong international research environments. In particular, I’m delighted to be collaborating with the University of Oxford, one of the world’s leading elite universities.”

Young researcher fellowships are being offered for newly appointed associate professors to establish independent research groups and national/international networks. There are also monograph fellowships for leading established researchers aiming to publish a ground-breaking monograph or doctoral thesis. Furthermore, applications are invited for research infrastructure funding in the form of grants for equipment, register data and databases.

Postdoc fellowships for Danish-Icelandic research centre

New this year, the Carlsberg Foundation is offering eight postdoc fellowships at Queen Margrethe’s and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate and Society, which was established to mark the 80th birthday of H.M. Queen Margrethe and the 90th birthday of President Finnbogadóttir, both in April this year.

“I’m delighted that a research centre for ocean, climate and society has been established in a collaboration between Danish and Icelandic researchers, and I really look forward to following the results of the collaboration,” says Flemming Besenbacher. “The centre, run by Professor Katherine Richardson, will shed some much needed light on important issues, such as the significance of climate change for Icelandic culture and the relationship between climate change and the marine ecosystems of both the past and the present.”

In this regard, applications are invited for three two-year postdoc fellowships within the social sciences and humanities focusing specifically on the ocean and the consequences of climate change for Icelandic culture and society.

Applications are also invited for five two-year postdoc fellowships within the natural sciences focused on generating data from sediment cores and other sources that can be used to establish links between climate change and the development of ecosystems on land and in the ocean.

Special invitation to female researchers

The Carlsberg Foundation is keen to promote gender diversity in Danish research and takes a holistic view of each applicant’s qualifications based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria. The Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified researchers, and especially female researchers. In the long term, the Foundation’s aim is to achieve a qualified equal gender distribution among recipients of the Foundation’s awards.

“In the Carlsberg Foundation, we’re focused on helping to remedy the unequal gender distribution in Danish research, and last year we became the first research-funding foundation in Denmark to cover the additional expense incurred by universities when researchers, in our case supported by the Foundation, take maternity leave,” says Flemming Besenbacher. “The long-term ambition of the Foundation is to help make the gender balance in Danish research more equal by giving an equal number of awards to female and male researchers. This means we need to receive more applications from skilled young female researchers, which I hope will be the case this year.”

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