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Wallenberg Academy Fellows

Wallenberg Academy Fellows is a unique career programme that provides long-term funding for the most promising young researchers of all disciplines to develop their projects. The programme was initiated by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in close collaboration with five royal academies and sixteen universities.

The purpose of the new career programme and long-term funding is to give the most promising young researchers a work situation that enables them to focus on their projects and address difficult, long-term research questions.

Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2016

Sweden’s largest private investment in young researchers is continuing, with the announcement of 29 new Wallenberg Academy Fellows.

Press release

Read more about the Fellows at the Wallenberg Academy Fellows website

Previous appointments

2015: Investing in young researchers – 29 new Wallenberg Academy Fellows
2014: This year’s Wallenberg Academy Fellows
2013: The support programme for young researchers continues – thirty-three new Wallenberg Academy Fellows appointed
2012: Thirty young researchers to become the first Wallenberg Academy Fellows


As part of the initiative the Foundation has, in cooperation with five Swedish learned academies, created a mentor programme to provide support for the researchers’ scientific development and for innovation. This will offers a framework for developing the skills and contact networks they need to head successful research environments.

Who nominates?

Swedish seats of learning (listed below) are invited to nominate candidates to Wallenberg Academy Fellows. On 15 February 2016 at the latest, the nominations are sent to evaluation groups with members from the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and the Swedish Academy. The evaluation groups present the most promising candidates to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which will select 25–30 researchers in November.

Who can be nominated?

The program is open to researchers in all academic disciplines: medicine, engineering and technology, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities/religion, and also in the interfaces between them. Candidates nominated in 2016 must have obtained their PhDs after 1 January 2008. An exception may be made for a nominees whose PhDs date back to before 2008 but who, on request, can document parental leave or extended sick leave that has taken place since the PhD exam. It is thus possible for the earliest qualifying date for a PhD to be moved back by the same length of time as the parental or sick leave lasted.


Julia Holmvik
Research Coordinator
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