NAD PhD Programme

Neuroscience Academy Denmark offers 16 fully funded PhD fellowships per year in a unique 4-year PhD programme with a strong focus on translational research and interdisciplinarity.

Programme description

Neuroscience Academy Denmark (NAD) offers 16 fully funded PhD fellowships per year to exceptional and highly motivated candidates pursuing a career in neuroscience research. NAD is funded by the Lundbeck Foundation and is a nationally concerted effort involving the neuroscience research environments of Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, and the University of Southern Denmark. The neuroscience research environments based at the University hospitals and the Technical University of Denmark are also active partners of NAD. The NAD programme runs over 4 years and consists of 1 pre-PhD year followed by a 3-year PhD project.

Key features

  • 3 lab rotations in excellent neuroscience labs across Denmark (200+ labs to choose from) during the pre-PhD year
  • Specialised neuroscience courses and workshops
  • Retreats and networking events
  • The opportunity to design your own PhD project in close collaboration with your PhD supervisor(s)
  • 3 years of PhD studies in a research lab that fits your interest

Eligibility and requirements

At the time of entry to the NAD programme, it is a prerequisite and an indispensable condition that you must qualify for formal enrolment as a PhD student at any of the Health Graduate Schools of the participating Danish universities. This means that you must, at the time of application, hold either a Danish master’s degree or a master’s degree equivalent to a Danish master’s degree (120 ECTS).

Next call for NAD fellowships opens in April 2024 – deadline in August 2024. See the previous call here.

Current calls

Next call for NAD PhD fellowships opens in April 2024 - deadline in August 2024.

Meet the NAD fellows

Learn more about the NAD fellows and their background, research interests, lab rotations and PhD projects below.

Pre-PhD year schedule 2024: rotations and PhD lab

First rotation: January 1 – March 17

Second rotation: March 18 – June 2 (Deadline for lab choice February 11)

Third rotation: June 3 – September 1 (Deadline for lab choice May 1)

PhD lab and PhD proposal writing: September 2 – December 31 (Deadline for PhD lab choice July 19)