VILLUM FONDEN funds younger talented researchers at Danish universities. Researchers with ambitions of creating their own, independent research identity.

The Villum Young Investigator Programme funds particularly talented younger researchers in the technical and natural sciences. The applicants must have a clearly defined goal for their research for a period of five years and the project must be of a scale that requires the establishment of a research team. For Danish universities and research institutions, this is also a recruitment tool to attract talented researchers outside Denmark.

The programme is announced once a year in open competition with a deadline in June.

Grant amout
You can apply for DKK 7-10 million, incl. 15% for indirect project costs. A large part of the funding typically cover the appointment of PhDs and postdocs recruited to the research team. A total of DKK 150 million has been allocated for the programme in 2018.

Time frame
The grant is awarded once only, and the timeframe is five years.

Approval of grant
The duration will be approx. seven months from application to grant.

Application process - Villum Young Investigator:

Important dates 2018-2019

  • 6 April 2018: Announcement of the call
  • 20 June 2018: Deadline for applications
  • 29 October 2018: Rejection or invitation for an interview
  • 12, 13 and 14 November 2018: Interviews with the selected applicants
  • 22 December 2018: Rejection or approval of grant

Rejected applicants will have the opportunity to call Head of Programme Michel M.H. Kristensen at +45 2941 7889 between 7 January and 18 January 2019 to have a brief conversation regarding their application and why it was not granted.

Who can apply?
The applicant is expected to have 3-7 years of research experience since completion of their PhD. In 2019 this will be changed to 2-8 years.

The applicants are typically experienced postdocs, assistant professors or associate professors. Associate professors must have less than two years of experience, including leave of absence.

You can apply, even if you have previously received a rejection of your application. It is crucial that you attach a letter of support from the institution. In the letter of support the institution must confirm that they see this as an obvious career opportunity for you and that they will be committed to the task.

21 new Villum Young Investigators 2019

Join a community

Our Villum Young Investigator can join a community of like-minded and attend in 1-2 seminars each year on topics like e.g. recruitment, research management, etc.

Please find the latest call below:

Call: Villum Young Investigator

Deadline has expired, but feel free to read the latest call here.

Evaluation of the programme

An evaluation of Villum Young Investigator Programme shows that the programme makes a difference and contributes to boosting the young researchers' careers

Meet two VILLUM Young Investigators

Nina Lock, VILLUM Young Investigator 2014

Sune Lehmann, VILLUM Young Investigator 2012

Any questions, please contact:

Michel M.H. Kristensen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 78 89