Call for Applications: The Natural Sciences Programme


Deadline: 1 July 2020


About the Programme and the Eligibility Criteria
The Natural Sciences Programme of the Swedish Collegium is a newly launched research programme aimed at advancing cutting-edge research in the natural sciences, as well as at bridging the gap between these and the humanities and social sciences. The programme initially runs over five years and is funded by The Erling Persson Family Foundation and The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

The focus of the Natural Sciences Programme is on research that involves synthesis, data analysis and conceptual and theoretical work. There are no research laboratories at the Collegium, but in its immediate vicinity there are extensive such facilities. However, it is envisaged that scholars while in residence will primarily use such facilities as resources for intellectual encounters and dialogues rather than to conduct their own research.

There are four thematic foci of the programme:

1) Theoretical Biology
2) Human Brains and Societies

3) Measurable Man
4) Exoplanets and Biological Activity on Other Worlds

The two core components of the programme are residential fellowships and a series of symposia. Fellowships are normally awarded for either one academic year or one semester, although short-term visits (at least three months) are possible. Such a short-term visit must still be realized within the frames of either the autumn or spring semester though.

At the time of application, the candidate must have held a PhD (or equivalent degree) for at least three years. Candidates should have a track record of significant and original research achievements, and be active at the international forefront of his/her research field.

The holder of a fellowship receives a monthly salary. Accommodation for Fellows who do not live in the Stockholm-Uppsala region is arranged by the Collegium and all Fellows have their own fully equipped office at the Collegium.

Application and Deadline
The deadline for applications for the academic year 2021/22 is on 1 July 2020.

Candidates who wish to apply must submit the following documents:

1.  The completed application form: Application Form (PDF file. When the file opens, save it on your computer. You can then complete the application form on your computer and e-mail it to us as an attachment)
2.  A curriculum vitae (4 pages maximum)
3.  A description of your intended research project (5 to 10 pages)
4.  A list of publications
5.  Three articles, including a brief rationale for selecting the articles (100 words maximum per article)
6.  (Optional) up to 3 letters of reference

Applications should be e-mailed to: