New call for Niels Bohr professorships

Please note: The application deadline has expired.

The Danish National Research Foundation hereby invites Danish researchers to submit proposals for Niels Bohr Professorships. The application procedure is conducted as a “bottom-up” process, and applicants from all research fields may apply. Proposals must be submitted by the researcher responsible for the research group at the Danish university receiving the visiting professor.

The professorships may start operating in the summer/early fall of 2016, for a 5-year period.

Proposals must be received by the DNRF no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by noon.

Further information

For further information on the call and on assessment and selection of the proposals please refer to the documents below: Call for Proposals, Guide for Applicant, Application Form and, Terms of Reference.

Furthermore, applicants are urged to contact Special Adviser Johanne Juhl, E-mail:, Tel.:+45 3318 1951 with any questions about the application process.


Call for Proposals

Guide for Applicants

Application Form

Terms of Reference



The Niels Bohr Professorship Program seeks to attract strong, international, senior-level researchers who are able to significantly advance the internationalization of a specific area of research in Denmark with lasting, long-term effects. The DNRF welcomes proposals for research programs characterized by novelty, creativity and excellence.

The Niels Bohr professor must have a high standing in the international research community. The proposed research must be outstanding and cutting edge. During the funding period, the Niels Bohr professor must act as a catalyst, supporting a strong scientific cohesiveness, and demonstrate scientific/scholarly leadership of the receiving research group. The Niels Bohr professor must engage in research training activities, such as the supervision of Ph.D. students.

The Niels Bohr professor may start up a new research group or enter into an existing one. It is possible to bring along junior researchers to Denmark.



The DNRF welcomes proposals in which the Niels Bohr professor stays in Denmark for the entire 5-year funding period. However, other models in which the professor remains in Denmark for shorter or longer visits are also welcomed. The time spent in Denmark is expected to correspond to 50-100% of a full-time equivalent.

Researchers at the level of full professor or equivalent from foreign universities or research institutions can be recruited to a research group or environment at a Danish university for a permanent position or a long-term affiliation. Danes holding a full professorship or equivalent at a foreign university are also eligible.

A high level of commitment from the Danish host institution to the proposed Niels Bohr Professorship is required for applying. A clear vision for the embedment of the Niels Bohr Professorship after the termination of DNRF funding is expected.

The receiving research group must be capable of providing a suitable and focused research environment and infrastructure, supported by the host institution.


Available funding

Six to eight grants are expected to be awarded. The total funding for each grant is expected to be DKK 25-30M, including salaries for the Niels Bohr professor and associated junior researchers, salary for administrative support, operating costs, and 44% overhead. The salary level of the Niels Bohr professor is arranged with the host institution.