We aim to support early career researchers with ambitions of creating their own, independent research identity, and with the potential to significantly contribute to research in technical and natural sciences at a Danish research institution.

VILLUM FONDEN supports internationalisation, and with the Villum Young Investigator Programme we encourage Danish universities to support and recruit Danish as well as international researcher talents.

A total of DKK 130 million is expected to be allocated to the programme in 2020.

Who can apply?
The ideal applicant is an exceptionally talented young researcher within technical and natural sciences. Applicants must have between two and eight years of research experience after completion of their PhD.

In 2020, applicants may apply a total of three times. Starting in 2021, applicants may only re-apply once.

The programme is announced once a year in open competition, with an application deadline in June, and a final decision in December.

Grant amount
Researchers currently employed by a Danish university can apply for a maximum of DKK 6 million, including 15% for indirect costs.

Researchers currently employed by a university outside Denmark - and have been so for at least two of the past four years at the time of application - can apply for a maximum of DKK 8 million, including 15% for indirect costs.

Time frame
The duration of the grant is five years. 

Process and important dates in 2020

  • 14 April: Announcement of the call
  • 16 June, 12 noon: Application deadline
  • July – September: Applications are reviewed by the scientific committee
  • Ultimo October: Selected applicants are invited for interviews/unsuccessful applicants notified
  • 11-13 November: Interviews conducted by the scientific committee
  • 23 December: Final grant approval/rejection notifications issued

Unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to call Head of Programme, Michel M.H. Kristensen, on +45 2941 7889 after 2 November 2020, to discuss their applications, and hear the rationale for not being invited for an interview.

Join a community 
As a Villum Young Investigator, you will join a community of like-minded researchers and attend one or two seminars each year on relevant topics, such as recruitment or research management.

Latest call 2020: Villum Young Investigators

Application deadline was 16 June 2020,12 noon.

15 new Villum Young Investigators

For further information, please contact:
Michel M.H. Kristensen
Senior Adviser, Head of programme, VILLUM FONDEN
+ 45 29 41 78 89