The Natural Sciences Programme

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.

Application and Deadline
The deadline for applications for the academic year 2020-21 is on 31 October 2019.

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:

For general questions, please contact Professor Gunnar Ingelman: or +46-(0)70-425 01 33 (mobile).

The Academic Advisory Board
The programme has an Academic Advisory Board. The board is a resource for the further development
of the Natural Sciences Programme. The members of the board provide advice on all aspects of the

Professor Lars Bergström, Department of Physics, Stockholm University

Professor Peter Goddard, Former Director, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Former Master,
St. John’s College, and Founding Deputy Director, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences,
University of Cambridge

Professor Joseph Nordgren, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Uppsala University; Former
Vice-Rector, Uppsala University

Professor Staffan Normark, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet

Professor Helga Nowotny, Former President, European Research Council; Professor em., Social Studies
of Science, ETH, Zürich; Chair, ERA Council Forum Austria

Professor Ulf Pettersson, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, and Former Vice-Rector,
Uppsala University

Professor Michael Puett, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Chair, Committee on
the Study of Religion, Harvard University; Non-resident, Long-term Fellow, SCAS

Professor Bo Sundqvist, Former Vice-Chancellor, Uppsala University

Professor Gunnar Öquist, Department of Plant Physiology, Umeå University (Chair)