Internationalisation Fellowships

One-to-two-year postdoctoral fellowships for a research stay at a leading international institution.


01.10.2024 - 16:00






DKK 450,000 / 500,000 / 550,000 per year


Through these Fellowships the Carlsberg Foundation wishes to promote the internationalisation of talented young researchers from Denmark.


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

To be eligible for an internationalisation fellowship, the applicant must hold a PhD degree or obtain their PhD degree before the start date of the grant period.

The exact date on which the PhD degree was obtained must be clearly stated in the CV. The Carlsberg Foundation reserves the right to request additional documentation.

Applicants who, at the time of the application deadline, have more than three years’ experience since obtaining their PhD degree are not eligible.

Any periods of leave will be accepted as extensions of this time limit (parental leave, family care leave, illness, military service, etc.).

The fellowships cannot be applied for as a continuation of other postdoctoral fellowships abroad.

The applicant must have demonstrated a strong connection to Danish research (see FAQ for a definition).

Applicants who are already affiliated to the international research institution(s) at the time of the application deadline, will not be eligible to apply.

An affiliation can for instance consist of having completed a PhD or having previously been employed at the research institution(s). Shorter research stays are not understood as affiliations.

The applicant will be expected to take up residence in the country where the international research institution(s) is located during the entire 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 500,000 per year if the applicant is travelling with a partner
DKK 550,000 per year if the applicant is travelling with a partner and children

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

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

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 application 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.

CALL OPEN Call opens: 30 June 2024 Deadline: 1 October 2024, 16:00
The guidelines have been updated June 2024

Application requirements

The application must be submitted through the CF-Grant application system

Please note that failure to comply with the following requirements will result in an administrative rejection of the application. Please ensure that the correct type of grant is chosen in CF-Grant. Applying for the wrong type of grant will also result in an administrative rejection.

The application must be written in English.

The following appendices, and only these, must be uploaded with the application in PDF format (please note that other formats are not accepted):

  • Project description
  • Budget
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of publications of the applicant
  • Housing commitment from the host institution
  • Recommendations

If relevant to the application:

  • Statement from PhD Supervisor

Project description

The project description must be written using Times New Roman, font size 12, margins on the left, right, top and bottom of at least 2 cm and line spacing of 1.5.

The project description must not exceed two A4 pages (including figures, tables, etc., but excluding references). Any references or bibliography must be added in direct continuation of the project description.

The project description must explain 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.


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

Curriculum Vitae

The CV of the applicant must not exceed two A4 pages. Please do not include photo, home address, family information, CPR no., date of birth, or gender.

The exact date on which the PhD degree was obtained must be stated in the CV.

List of publications of the applicant

The list of publications must only include research that has been submitted, published or accepted for publication. 

The name of the applicant must be in bold font and the order of authors must be exactly as listed in the original publication. All co-authors must be stated. If, however, the number of authors exceeds ten, it will be sufficient to list the first ten as well as the corresponding author(s).

Housing commitment from the host institution

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


Between one and three recommendations must be uploaded or sent separately to no later than the application deadline.

If relevant: Statement from PhD Supervisor

If the applicant has not yet obtained their PhD degree, a signed statement from the applicant’s supervisor must be uploaded as part of the application, confirming that the PhD will be obtained before the planned start date of the grant period and no later than the latest permitted start date for the relevant call.

In this case, the final statement of the PhD assessment committee following the PhD defence must be sent to the Carlsberg Foundation before the latest permitted start date for the relevant call. The applicant is expected to start the fellowship before or on the latest permitted start date. 

Popularised scientific description


Applicants are also required to submit a popularised scientific description in the CF-Grant application system.

The description must address What, Why and How (up to 400 characters each). This description will be published on the foundation’s website should the application be successful.


Download budget template




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

The Carlsberg Foundation cannot offer individual guidance on projects or elements of projects before the application deadline.


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