The Natural Sciences Programme

About the Programme and the Eligibility Criteria
The Natural Sciences Programme is a 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.

For questions regarding the thematic foci of the programme, please contact Professor Gunnar Ingelman: or +46-(0)70-425 01 33 (mobile).

Application and Deadline
Currently, it is not possible to apply for the Natural Sciences Fellowship Programme.

For questions about the Natural Sciences Fellowship Programme, please contact the secretariat:

Selection Committee:
Professor Hans Ellegren, Uppsala University
Professor Christina Garsten, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (Chair)
Professor Gunnar Ingelman, Uppsala University
Professor Ulf Landegren, Uppsala University
Professor Dan Larhammar,Uppsala University
Professor Nikolai Piskunov, Uppsala University