How To Apply

Program Update for the 2017-2018 Fellowship Year:

For general program information:

Are you up for a challenge?

Accelerate your career in clinical research and expand your professional network by applying to the new Lundbeck Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship Program.  Our exclusive 10-month fellowship offers comprehensive training in clinical research with ready access to the insights and experience of internationally recognized scientists at the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University. We are seeking five talented and energetic fellows from August, 2018 to June, 2019.

Our program based at Innovation Centre Denmark in California’s Silicon Valley offers:

     - Hands-on training in clinical research combined with small-group teaching in research ethics, clinical study design, biostatistics, epidemiology, and research presentation;

     - Infrastructure that allows you to ‘hit the ground running’ and focus your research project;

     - Access to an international and interdisciplinary student and mentor environment in one of the most stimulating and fast-paced business ecosystems worldwide. 

We look for students with:

     - Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in Danish and English;

     - A desire to move the field of clinical and translational research through innovative and entrepreneurial thinking;

     - A creative mind and a strong drive to perform both on your own initiatives and as part of our team.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in the last two years (kandidatdelen) of medical school in Denmark.  Students must commit to conducting 10 months of continuous, full-time clinical research in the San Francisco Bay Area. The fellowship is not intended to delay student graduation from medical school.

The fellowship term begins August, 2018. Students must obtain and maintain an appropriate visa with validation of eligibility to work in the United States no later than July 1, 2018.  The Fellowship Program provides assistance with visa application.


Areas of Research

Eligible proposals involve human clinical research projects in the areas of clinical trials, epidemiology, health economics, health services, or translational research.


Research Mentors and Research Plan

Danish Mentor

The applicant is responsible for selecting a research mentor and for making arrangements to work with that person as a mentor. Neither the Fellowship Program Management nor the Lundbeck Foundation will make these arrangements. The designated mentor must be the faculty member who will directly supervise the proposed research. A mentor may have no more than one Lundbeck Fellow at a time. An applicant may have a co-mentor if their research plan crosses areas of expertise. Selection of a mentor is a key step in the application process and a particularly important element in evaluation of the application by the review panel.

US Mentor

The Danish mentor is responsible for selecting their US/Bay Area co-mentor at UCSF or Stanford and for making arrangements to work with that person as a mentor. The Fellowship Program will assist the applicant and their Danish mentor in identifying suitable candidate mentors in the US, and will facilitate communications, but will not make the arrangements. The designated mentor must be the faculty member who will directly supervise the proposed research. A US mentor may have no more than one Lundbeck Fellow at a time.

Research Plan

The research plan should be suitable for completion in the ten-month research training period. It is extremely important that the project provides a feasible, rigorous, high-quality, intellectually challenging training experience doing hypothesis-driven research. The project should pose substantive and testable questions about basic biological processes, disease mechanisms, diagnosis, or treatment suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal with the student as the first author.

Evaluation and Award

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of the applicant’s ability and promise for a research career as a physician-scientist, and the quality of the mentoring team. The applicant’s ability and promise are assessed through the personal statement, the proposed research plan, and letters of reference. The quality of mentoring team is evaluated through the research plan and the information provided in the mentors’ endorsement, including the mentors’ curriculum vitae, a list of current funding, a list of trainees, and a joint individualized training plan for the applicant.  Preference will be given to applicants with prior medical research experience and an established relationship with a qualified Danish mentor.   Applicants should make evident any previous and expected working relationship between the Danish and US research groups.  Special attention will be paid to standing collaborations and potential for long-term future collaboration between the groups. 

Applicants should allow sufficient time to develop the research plan fully. The ideal application research project is sufficiently developed to be quickly approved by the relevant institutional boards after the fellowship has been awarded, thereby allowing the Fellow to start the study immediately after arrival at the host institution (‘hit the ground running’).

The applications will be reviewed by all members of Program Management, and the Advisory Board.  The final decision on Fellows will be made at a conference with participation of all members of Program Management, and the Advisory Board.


Policies for Human Research Protection/Institutional Review Board

If you are doing human subjects research, your project must have Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval (related to policies around human research protection) and you must be listed on the CHR/IRB by the first day of your research period. If CHR/IRB approval is not in place by day one, you will lose your funding. We do not make exceptions to this policy.

Application Process

The application is a three-step process for students

    1) find a mentor team

    2) identify your project

    3) apply.

Timelines for the Application

The below dates are strictly tentative and subject to change.

Autumn 2017 Informational meetings at Danish Universities (all medical schools will be covered)    
December 11, 2017 Letter of Intent due. Please assemble into one pdf file and email to    
February 9, 2018 Full applications due for students who have already submitted their Letter of Intent. **No applications will be accepted after this date.**    
early March Top candidates are interviewed    
March 21, 2018 Fellowship invitations are sent