Apply for SEK 400 000 for Cross-Disciplinary PhD Projects


Uppsala Diabetes Centre (UDC) hereby opens a call for 7 cross-disciplinary PhD projects within areas of importance for the better understanding, diagnosis or treatment of diabetes. The last day to apply is 31 August 2021.

UDC was established at Uppsala University in December 2020 and aims at being a unique, strategically relevant, interdisciplinary research centre, with a focus on all aspects of diabetes.

Each project will receive a standard amount of SEK 400 000 per year for a maximum of 4 years (48 months), covering a PhD student’s salary. The remaining salary cost must be covered by the applicant or the department where the PhD student will be registered.

Participation in research school activities, seminars and workshops by both PhD students and applicants is a prerequisite for funding.


  • The project must have supervisors from at least two different disciplinary domains at Uppsala University or have a combination of supervisors from Uppsala University and SLU.
  • The main applicant should be employed or affiliated with Uppsala University or SLU for at least one year at the time of the application.
  • At least one co-applicant should be employed at another disciplinary domain at Uppsala University or there should be a combination of applicants from Uppsala University and SLU.
  • Other co-applicants can be from other parts of Sweden or abroad.
  • The project should be an obvious interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • The PhD student must be registered at the same department as the supervisor at either Uppsala University or SLU.
  • The Head of Department of the main applicant must sign the application and in so doing guarantee that the PhD student will be hosted at the department and that co-financing exists for the remaining part of the salary.

Supervisors at the Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social sciences at Uppsala University, who have cross-disciplinary projects similar to the above, can apply for already accepted PhD students at the beginning or middle of their studies. However, PhD students who have less than two years left are not eligible.


The submission should be written in English and follow the format outlined in the application form. Submit the application to Ulrika Bäckman and write “UDC PhD project application” as the subject of the email.

UDC plans to announce funding for an additional seven PhD projects in the spring of 2023

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Last modified: 2022-01-03