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

Call for 2017 project proposals

Deadline January 30, 2017.

This is a call for project proposals for fellowships in 2017. It is the first step in our third round of recruitment of 5 postdoctoral fellows for an expected start date in the autumn of 2017. 

Eligible applicants: Any principal investigator working at Karolinska Institutet within basic, translational, clinical, and/or epidemiological research with an emphasis on diabetes and its comorbidities, endocrinology and metabolism are eligible to submit a project for consideration.

How to submit a project for a postdoctoral fellow: Please complete this template and return it in Word-format labeled with your surname, by email, to Marie Björnholm ( by Monday January 30, 2017. The project application should clearly state the work the postdoctoral fellow should perform in the project. Collaborative projects, led by 2 PIs, are also acceptable. 

Successful projects: If your project is selected by the Steering Committee (a maximum of 2 projects can be submitted by each PI), it will be one of 8-10 projects which will be advertised and you could potentially secure a fully funded postdoctoral fellow in your laboratory for 3 years. 

Download complete call information here

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. Lars Gustafsson, Physiology

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



Program Manager

Marie Björnholm