Please note: Deadline has expired (7 February 2018)

In 2018, VELUX FONDEN once again offers a number of postdoctoral ophthalmology research fellowships. The aim of the fellowships is to attract, develop and retain promising researchers at the beginning of their independent research careers.

Synergies between scientific groups and professions

VELUX FONDEN gives priority to research projects that facilitate synergies between scientific groups with differing experimental approaches, and to projects engaging a diversity of multidisciplinary and academic backgrounds.

Promising ophthalmology research

The main theme of the postdoctoral project must be promising ophthalmological research and address issues of high importance to the ophthalmological research field. Under this theme, both basic research and clinical research with an interdisciplinary approach are eligible as well as epidemiological research.

The fellowship may also elaborate on the findings of the applicant's PhD project with a specific ophthalmological objective.

The application must contain:

  • Project description
  • Project abstract in Danish
  • Budget and time schedule
  • CV incl. list of publications
  • CV for each co-applicant, if any
  • As applicable, statements of support from a head of department or other researchers
  • Price quotations for any large-scale equipment purchases applied for
  • Testimonials.


The call is open to applicants from Danish research institutions who hold a PhD degree earned no more than 5 years ago. VELUX FONDEN recommends that the project be conducted in a different organisation than that in which the research career began.

Applicants who can present publication of previous research findings and international research experience will be preferred.

Hospital doctors with a PhD degree can apply for a 40% postdoc research grant concurrent with a clinical appointment.

The application must be written in English, as an international review panel will assess the projects. The candidate postdoctoral researcher must be the applicant for VELUX FONDEN's postdoctoral fellowship.

The budget for postdoctoral applications is approx. DKK 2.5m for a project period of 2-3 years financing payroll and operating expenses.

The project description must contain details of the project's background, aims, hypotheses, the expected new insights, a project plan, methodological specification and an account of data materials, originality, ethics, and dissemination of results, long-term impact and feasibility.

The review process will be concluded no later than July 2018. We expect the projects to commence in the second half of 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Lise Bonnevie
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VELUX FONDEN
+45 23 81 56 54