What is a Niels Bohr Professorship

Niels Bohr Professors

Attention: It is no longer possible to apply for the Niels Bohr Professorships

With the establishment of the DNRF Chair instrument, a re-prioritization of the foundation’s allocations will take place, which means that, in the future, it will no longer be possible to apply for Niels Bohr Professorships. The professorships were launched in 2013, and the current Niels Bohr Professorships will run until 2021/2022.


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.

Go to the list of the current Niels Bohr Professorships here