The Natural Sciences Programme
About the Programme
The Natural Sciences Programme of the Swedish Collegium is a newly launched interdisciplinary
research programme aimed at advancing cutting-edge research in the natural sciences, including life
and medical 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 the synthesis of earlier
empirical studies but also conceptual and theoretical work as well as the writing up of articles and
books. 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 not so much to conduct their own research but as resources for intellectual encounters
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.
During the academic year 2017-2018 it will be possible to be in residence during even shorter periods
of time (one - three months). Such a short-term visit must still be realized within the frames of either
the autumn or spring semester though.
Nomination/Application and Deadline
At present, it is not possible to apply for a fellowship unless you have been nominated. For further
information about the nomination process, please contact the representative of the theme relevant to
your research. Please see the links above.
Before a nominee can be considered for a fellowship, an application must be submitted, however.
Candidates who have been nominated and wish to apply must submit the following documents no later
than 1 December 2016 for the autumn semester 2017 or the academic year 2017-18. The deadline for
a nominee’s application for the spring semester 2018 is on 1 April 2017.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
programme. They also serve in an advisory role in the planning of symposia and in the assessment of
candidates to positions as Fellows..
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,
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)