Novo Nordisk Fellowships

Novo Nordisk Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme at Karolinska Institutet

The Novo Nordisk Fellowship programme aims to support the development of a new generation of exceptional young diabetes and metabolism researchers, to become future leaders in the field, while further developing scientific excellence within these areas ultimately improving the lives of patients.

  • The postdoctoral research fellowships are aimed at early career researchers with a basic science background.
  • Fellowships are fully funded for a 3 year period and will provide a salary for the fellow, and a travel allowance for the fellow.
  • These prestigious fellowships are open to outstanding candidates of any nationality.
  • Fellows will be based in Karolinska Institutet in research groups with a focus on diabetes and its comorbidities, endocrinology and metabolism.
  • If suitable, there are possibilities for Fellows to spend time in the labs of Novo Nordisk in Copenhagen.

Workshops and meetings

The Programme organizes workshops and meetings on recent findings in diabetes research. 

Program from workshop Nov 10, 2016 can be downloaded here

Postdoctoral positions: 2017 call

The 2016 call is now closed. There will be a new call for 2017 intake which opens late december 2016. More information to come. We are grateful for the high interest in our programme where the last call for the fellowships 2016 resulted in total 125 applications. The 5 top candidates have now been offered their favourite positions.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria for Fellowships


  • A PhD in a medical/biological subject, together with relevant experience
  • A person is eligible for a position as Postdoctoral Researcher if he or she has obtained a PhD no more than seven years before the last date of employment as postdoc. This condition will be relaxed proportionately for applicants who have had a career break.
  • The ability to manage your own academic research and associated activities.
  • A strong CV, having published in high impact journals and presented at international meetings.
  • Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation.
  • Ability to work with meticulous attention to detail.
  • An enthusiastic interest in diabetes and metabolism research.
  • Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills and leadership, with the ability to communicate research ideas and results in a clear and logical way and the ability to confidently and effectively interact with colleagues and the broader research community.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic working approach.
  • Excellent planning, organizational and problem solving skills.


Previous experience of research related to diabetes and/or related conditions.

Postdoctoral fellows recruited

Postdoctoral Fellow Principal Investigator
Dr Ester Bachar-Wikström Ass Prof Olov Andersson, Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Dr Isabel Cordero Herrera


Assoc Prof Mattias Carlström, Renal and Cardiovascular Research, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology
Dr Lucille Dollet Prof Anna Krook and Prof Juleen Zierath, Section of Integrative Physiology, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology
Dr Alastair Kerr Assoc Prof Ingrid Dahlman, Lipid Laboratory, Dept of Medicine Huddinge

Dr Lars Ketscher                                              

Assoc Prof Jorge Ruas, Molecular and cellular exercise physiology group, Dept of Physiology and Pharmacology
Dr Nicole Schmitner Ass Prof Olov Andersson, Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology

Dr Soile Tuomela 

Prof Malin Flodström Tullberg, Dept of Medicine Huddinge
Dr Pauline Vercruysse              Assoc Prof Christina Bark, Dept of Molecular Medicine and Surgery
Dr Montserrat Visa Prof Per-Olof Berggren, Dept of Molecular Medicine and Surgery

Program Steering Committee

Karolinska Institutet members Novo Nordisk members

 Prof. Juleen Zierath, Clinical Physiology. Steering Committee Chairman

 Dr. Peter Kurtzhals, Senior Vice President Global Research

 Prof. Anders Gustafsson, Dean of Research

 Dr. Martin Ridderstråle, Vice President Clinical Pharmacology

nancy pedersen Prof. Nancy Pedersen, Medical Epidemiology

 Dr. Allan Ertmann Karlsen, Vice President Global Research External Affairs

 Prof. John Pernow, Cardiology

 Dr. Uli Stilz, Vice President R&D Academic Partnerships



Program Manager

Marie Björnholm