Danish Data Science Academy (DDSA) and Danish Diabetes and Endocrine Academy (DDEA) invite applications for up to five 2/3 co-funded PhD scholarships of DKK 1,100,000 to visionary young researchers who want to bridge the Danish data science environment with the Danish diabetes and classical endocrinology research environment.
Applications can be in any field overarching data science and diabetes and/or classical endocrinology research.
Co-supervision is a requirement. You must have an agreement with a principal supervisor within data science employed at a Danish university, as well as a co-supervisor within diabetes or classical endocrinology research affiliated with a Danish research institution.
For questions related to the data science requirements to the project and/or the affiliation of the principal supervisor, you may contact the DDSA Secretariat.
For questions related to the diabetes or classical endocrinology requirements to the project and/or affiliation of co-supervisor, you may contact the DDEA Secretariat.
Deadline for application is Wednesday 7th February 2024 at 12:00
The PhD scholarship must be activated within six months after receiving the grant notification letter (or by further agreement with the DDSA/DDEA).
Expected date of reply is June 2024.
Please note that DDSA and Danish Cardiovascular Academy (DCA) also invite for applications for up to five 2/3 co-funded PhD scholarships of DKK 1,100,000 with the aim to bridge the Danish data science environment with the Danish cardiovascular research environment. You can apply for these here. Please note that you cannot apply for both the DDSA-DDEA Cross-Academy PhD scholarships and the DDSA-DCA Cross-Academy scholarships.
The DDSA-DDEA Cross-Academy PhD Scholarships aim to bridge the Danish data science environment with the Danish diabetes and classical endocrinology research environment. Applications must be cross-disciplinary between fields of data science and diabetes and/or classical endocrinology.
Data science in this context is a multidisciplinary approach that combines elements from mathematics, statistics, artificial intelligence and computer science to analyze and extract meaningful scientific insights from large amounts of data. Data science thus goes beyond classical and established statistical methods. Scientific data is typically stemming from a specific scientific domain, and advanced analysis of these data can provide new scientific insights into said domain and therefore data science as a discipline is synergistic to most scientific disciplines.
Application can be within any area of diabetes, metabolism or classical endocrinology research.
The research approach for diabetes, metabolism and classical endocrinology must concern improvement of the understanding of disease mechanisms and improvement of disease prevention, diagnostics, treatment, or rehabilitation within diabetes or classical endocrine diseases.
With the DDSA-DDEA Cross-Academy PhD scholarships, we further aim to:
Your project must span both data science and diabetes or classical endocrinology research and must be aligned with the research scope of the DDSA/DDEA funder, Novo Nordisk Foundation.
Data science requirements:
* If the exam is not yet passed, the applicant should enclose a statement from the supervisor of the Master thesis confirming when the thesis will be handed in and when the exam will take place. The Master’s degree certificate must be forwarded to the DDEA Secretariat no later than six months after receiving the grant notification letter. If we have not received your Master’s degree certificate six months after receiving the grant notification letter or if you do not pass the Master’s exam, the scholarship will be withdrawn.
** DDSA/DDEA expect high-level proficiency in English oral as well as written. Please be aware of the fact, that specific requirements can vary from one university to another with regards to English language skills. We refer to the individual PhD schools of the Danish university where you will apply for enrolment.
*** The main supervisor must be employed at the faculty at which the student applies for enrolment, and he/she must conduct research as an associate professor or professor within the subject studied by the PhD student. The main supervisor has overall responsibility for ensuring compliance with all formalities relating to the PhD programme. Please note that a main supervisor can only be main supervisor on one application for a DDSA-DDEA or DDSA-DCA PhD scholarship per application round.
Applications must be written in English and submitted through our online application system. Please note that you must have a user login to the DDEA Grant Website before you can submit an application.
Applicants can edit and review their data before the final submission.
For readability purposes, all documents must be prepared using standard fonts, font size 11-12, and line spacing between 1.15 and 1.5.
The main application document must consist of the following documents, merged into a single PDF-file in the order stated below:
Half A4 page
4 pages, including illustrations but excluding literature cited
Max. half a page
It is a prerequisite that the proposed research is conducted in agreement with The Danish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. Furthermore, if the specific project contains elements of potential ethical concern, please enclose a statement describing these as well as a presentation of measures to ensure responsible research conduct. If the research requires approval from ethical committees, this should be stipulated along the expected approval processing time.
Max. 2 pages
Max. 2 pages
If you have not yet finished your master’s degree, please enclose a statement from your master’s thesis supervisor including the expected date for handing in the thesis, as well as expectation of a successful outcome.
Max. two pages each
After submitting your application, you will receive a receipt of your application by email – if you do not receive this email, please contact the DDEA Secretariat to make sure that your application has been successfully submitted. Please note that the date of submission stated in the e-mail is the date when you created the application.
The DDEA secretariat will process all incoming applications. Applications not fulfilling the eligibility criteria and/or technical requirements will not be considered.
All eligible applications will be forwarded to the DDEA Grant Review Committee and DDSA FEC Sub-Committe for a scientific evaluation.
The selected candidate will be informed about the decision by June 2024.
Interdisciplinarity and cross-sectoral focus:
Internationalisation: An international aspect, if relevant, is evaluated positively.
The principal supervisor is expected to assist the candidate when submitting her/his application for enrolment at the PhD School.
Applicants must be aware of the fact that specific requirements can vary from one university to another e.g. required research experience, publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals, English skills.
Enrollment must take place at a university in Denmark. Employment is full-time and will last for three years unless an agreement is made with DDEA. Employment will take place at the research institution (Danish university or hospital, or a private life sciences company in Denmark) where the PhD project will be carried out.
Enrollment and employment should be within six months after receiving the grant notification letter. If this is not achieved, the grant will be retracted. Upon enrollment, the enrollment letter must be submitted to the DDEA Secretariat.
If the PhD project includes close research collaborations between two universities (one Danish university and one university abroad), it is possible to obtain a joint or double PhD degree (according to the rules in force and Danish legislation), but enrollment must take place at one of the Danish universities (home university). For further information, the PhD candidate should contact the institution where she/he will be enrolled.
Terms of employment are according to the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance.
The PhD programme must be completed in accordance with The Ministerial Order on the PhD Programme at the Universities, Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the regulations and guidelines defined by the university where employment will take place.
DDSA/DDEA will fund the PhD scholarship up to an amount of DKK 1,100,000 covering tuition fee and the salary of the PhD student for two years during the three-year PhD project period. DDSA/DDEA do not cover overhead or operating expenses.
Full financing for three years is a prerequisite for being enrolled as a PhD student at a Danish university. Accordingly, DDSA/DDEA grant 2/3 PhD scholarship, provided that funding for the remaining 1/3 funding (including tuition fee to the university) is assured. If a submitted application does not include documentation of the remaining 1/3 funding in terms of a grant letter or the like (e.g. signed guarantee from principal supervisor and/or head of department), the 2/3 PhD scholarship will be paid out when the DDEA Secretariat has received documentation of the remaining 1/3 funding at the latest six months after receiving the grant notification letter. Otherwise, the PhD scholarship grant will be withdrawn.
If you receive additional grants covering salary for the project (except for the 1/3 salary not included in the grant from the DDSA/DDEA), the DDSA/DDEA reserve the right to withdraw your PhD scholarship grant or part of it.