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Talent Doctoral Fellowship Program

Talent Doctoral Fellowship Program

About the program

TALENT is a doctoral programme co-funded by the European Union, offering 74 PhD scholarships in the natural and life sciences. The 74 PhD positions will be awarded in the course of four application rounds during its first two years, i.e. in the period 1 August 2018-31 July 2020. However, the programme as such runs for five years, ending on 31 July 2023.

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How to apply

The deadline for the fourth call for proposals is 13 February 2020. The call will open on 2 January 2020. At that time, the call will be available here. However, please observe that the application documents, incl. the templates have been updated for the fourth call. This means that you can go ahead and start preparing your application already now.

The application must include the following enclosures (find all mandatory templates in the boxes to the right)

  • Cover/motivation letter.
  • Project description, incl. ethics assessment form.
  • CV, incl. publications (and the names and contact details of two referees: one should be from the master thesis supervisor (if applicable), or other senior scientist that the applicant has worked closely with).
  • Declaration of mobility.
  • Documentation of academic degrees obtained: transcripts and diplomas must be in English or an officially approved translation must be included.
  • Copy of the required score from one of the following English tests (for non-native English speakers, cf. requirement regarding English skills). All pages of the test must be submitted.


We will not exempt applicants, who are non-native English speakers, from submitting their English test score along these lines:
The Faculty of Science accepts the following tests and scores: IELTS – Academic (IDP Education, British Council and Cambridge English Language Assessment) with a minimum score of 6.5. TOEFL Tests: ITP TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 560 points; Internet-based TOEFL-test with a minimum score of 83 points. Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) or Advanced (CAE) passed at level C1 or C2. For more information go to this website

To be clear: applicants (non-native English speakers) must present one of the requested tests with the required score within the application deadline. We will not accept that applicants try to document their English skills by other means or after the application deadline. (See the definition of a native English speaker in the FAQ)

We recommend that applicants start planning when it comes to taking the English test. The reasons are that the providers of the English tests offer them in certain cycles and that it takes time to receive the result. In other words, applicants cannot take the test from one day to the other, so they should book and take the test early on.


Applications must be completed and submitted via University of Copenhagen’s Job Portal before the call deadline. Applications sent via email or the like will not be considered. An applicant may only submit one application for review.

Questions must be directed to the secretariat:

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