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06 December 2015

Scholarships for exceptional students

A generous scholarship programme between the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk and University of Copenhagen is supporting both in- and outbound student mobility within a range of selected academic fields pertaining to metabolism, insulin, hemoglobin and obesity.

Support for talents at UCPH and IARU-partner institutions 

In spring 2015, University of Copenhagen and the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk signed an agreement on a new scholarship programme, Novo Nordisk International Talent Program.

The initiative supports in- and outbound mobility between UCPH and partner universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities. The collaboration will support talented students within specific fields of studies to go abroad during their degree programmes.

Sarah Mathiasen and Sasha Tolstoy both received a scholarship for a summer school in molecular biology at National University of Singapore.

€ 670.000 to enhance mobility of talents

The programme donates up to € 670.000 annually and supports applicants who display a strong academic background and submit an ambitious study plan for their stay abroad. Each scholarship will typically amount to approximately € 1200 a month. Depending on costs and length of the study abroad it may increase up to € 26000 in total. The scholarship may be spent towards the cost of tuition fees, travel costs, insurance and other expenses incurred in connection with studying abroad. 55 talented students received a stipend in 2015.

Nov 16, 2015: Celebration of the first generation of scholarship recipients. Prorector for Education, Lykke Friis, representatives from Novo Nordisk and heads of studies all participated to congratulate the students.

Collaboration to achieve higher goals

The programme is an example of how universities and companies collaborate to achieve common goals. Novo Nordisk recruits a significant number of graduates from universities around the world every year. By supporting talents within related fields of studies, Novo Nordisk removes financial impediments to study abroad and creates a pool of students with international experience.

The programme is a unique possibility for UCPH and IARU-students, and will boost the numbers of in- and outbound student mobility significantly. UCPH is looking forward to welcoming many new talented students with scholarships in the future.

For further information about the programme go to the website or contact Sara Dinesen.