Niels Bohr Professors

The Niels Bohr program has the distinct purpose of enriching Danish research communities with top-class researchers from abroad. This includes excellent international researchers, but the program is also an opportunity for outstanding Danish researchers who have chosen an academic career abroad to return to Denmark.

A total of 440 million DKK is reserved for the professorships. The Niels Bohr professors will the next five years spend from 50 to 100 percent of their time in Danish research environments.

The program is inspired by the previous Niels Bohr Visiting Professorship program and the DNRF Professorships, announced in 2005 and 2006. The 2011 program is slightly revised, among other things allowing larger flexibility in terms of how a Niels Bohr Professorship can be organized.

See the list of the current Niels Bohr Professorships here

Please contact Special Adviser Jacob Frost Szpilman for further information.

The following programs are currently not active:

The Niels Bohr Visiting Professorships

Supplementing the Centers of Excellence program, the Niels Bohr Visiting Professorships were initiated in 2005 with the purpose of promoting the internationalization and the competitiveness of Danish research by attracting international top researchers to existing research environments in Denmark.

The initiative was established for the period of 2006-2011. Most of the six Niels Bohr Visitingn Professors stay in Denmark approx. six months each year.

Total support amounts to 100 MDKK distributed between six grants on the order of 10.8-21 M DKK each. The initiative has been established for the period 2006-2011.

See the list of the Niels Bohr Visiting Professorships here.

The DNRF Professorships

As an extension of the six Niels Bohr Visiting Professorships, the DNRF established this five-year professorship in 2006 to further strengthen the internationalization of Danish research.

The purpose was to enhance the competitiveness of Danish research by attracting elite international scientists (foreigners or Danes abroad) to permanent employment at a Danish university for the period 2007-2012.

The professors were expected to:

  • Develop and promote research within a prioritized area at a university
  • Stimulate the university’s international research cooperation at a high level
  • Contribute to strengthening research education programs

Furthermore, positions for one or two younger scientists are attached to each professorship.

The foundation finances the first five years of a professor’s employment, after which the host institution assumes the financial obligations. The support amounts to app. 63.4 mil. DKK in total, distributed among three grants.

See the list the DNRF Professorships here.