The TALENT programme offers 74 PhD fellowships (in total) of 36 months each, attractive employment conditions at one of the 12 departments at SCIENCE and enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD School at SCIENCE. TALENT is a unique programme by requesting, as part of the application procedure, the applicants to devise their own interdisciplinary PhD project within one of the above-mentioned 16 programme areas/panels and to indicate the department, which they find most suitable to host their project, and the names of the main supervisor and co-supervisors. In other words, TALENT is a bottom up programme, which thereby focuses on the research interests of the PhD students. If employed, an individual Career Development Plan will be made for the TALENT PhD students, outlining scientific as well as transferable courses, international research visits/secondments, mentoring and other career enhancing activities. The Career Development plan is a central element in ensuring the right training and progress throughout the PhD project.

Why apply? 

TALENT is an international and interdisciplinary PhD programme, which offers young researchers the chance to become part of a cohort of exceptionally talented PhD students with the opportunity to cultivate their research talent. To this end, we offer: 

The objective of the TALENT programme is to facilitate early independence of the PhD students and fast track their careers in academia or industry. For more information about what the programme offers, go to

Job description 

The position is available for a 3-year period and the key tasks as a PhD student at SCIENCE are: 

  • To manage and carry through the research project 
  • Attend PhD courses 
  • Write scientific articles and the PhD thesis 
  • Teach and disseminate the research 
  • To stay at an external research institution for a few months, preferably abroad 
  • Work for the department. 

Formal requirements 

In order to be eligible for the TALENT Doctoral Programme, applicants: 

  1. May not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Denmark for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to TALENT’s call deadline: 1 October 2018. Time spent on obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention, compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account. 
  2. Must at the TALENT call deadline (1 October 2018) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and must not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree. 
  3. Must hold a relevant MSc degree at the time of applying. However, candidates, who do not hold an MSc degree, are also considered eligible if their credentials and CV equal those achieved on an MSc. This could be in the form of five years of full-time undergraduate and postgraduate education OR four years of full-time undergraduate education combined with relevant courses, fieldwork, scientific publications or conducted research (these aspects must be documented by uploading additional documents as part of the CV). The background is that applicants awarded a TALENT doctoral fellowship must be enrolled in the 180 ECTS/three year PhD programme at SCIENCE. To this end, the entry requirements as defined by SCIENCE’s PhD School have to be respected. 

Please carefully read the detailed description of the eligibility and admissibility criteria and the additional requirements, incl. the use of mandatory templates, for applying in the TALENT Guide for Applicants and on the TALENT website

Selection criteria 

The selection process includes four steps of evaluation: 

  1. Eligibility and admissibility checks 
  2. Pre-selection at department level (internal review incl. online interviews) 
  3. Expert/international review (done remotely) 
  4. Final selection of candidates. 

Applicants will be judged on professional merits, scientific and technological quality of the proposed project, feasibility of the implementation and the potential impact of the proposed project. The review process takes into consideration the whole range of experience of the candidate. While focusing on their overall potential as researchers, their creativity and level of independence will also be considered. International and intersectorial experience will be seen positively in the evaluation. The selection criteria are weighted and fall into three defined areas: 

  • Excellence (weight: 50%) of which the scientific and innovative quality of the proposal (weight: 25%) and the applicant (weight: 25%) 
  • Impact (weight: 30%) 
  • Implementation (weight: 20%) 

For more information about the evaluation process, please refer to the TALENT Evaluation Guide

Application Procedure 

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically by clicking APPLY NOW below. 

The application must include the following: 

  1. Cover/motivation letter 
  2. Project description incl. ethics assessment form 
  3. Prioritized CV incl. publications 
  4. Declaration of mobility
  5. Documentation of academic degrees obtained: diplomas must be in English or an officially approved translation must be included. 
  6. Copy of English test score sheet at the time of applying (for applicants with English as their second language).
  7. Two recommendation letters (max. 1 page of 2,500 characters each): one should be from the master thesis supervisor (if applicable), or other senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with. 

The deadline for applications is 1 October 2018, 23:59 GMT +2

for more information, visit the official webpage of the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science 2018/2019 TALENT Doctoral Fellowship