Four new Academy Fellows at Uppsala University
1 December 2016
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation’s investment in young researchers continues with 29 new Wallenberg Academy Fellows, four of which are at Uppsala University. The research conducted by this year’s Academy Fellows deals with important issues of the future such as major diseases and future energy supply.
“Since the programme started in 2012, 150 young researchers have been selected as Wallenberg Academy Fellows. It is very satisfying for the foundation to be able to give promising research talents an opportunity to freely develop their ideas over five years,” says Peter Wallenberg Jr, chair of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
The purpose of the initiative is to strengthen Sweden as a research nation by keeping the greatest talents within the country, and by recruiting young international researchers to Swedish universities. Through the mentorship programme which is included they also get an opportunity to strengthen their scholarly leadership and become better at practical application of their research results. The grant amounts to between SEK 5 and 9 million per researcher over five years, dependent on the field of research. After the end of the five-year period the researchers will have the option of applying for another five years’ funding.
Academy Fellows at Uppsala University:
Reader Karin Schönning, Uppsala University (natural sciences)
Dr Georgios Dimitroglou Rizell, University of Cambridge, England (natural sciences)
Dr Agnese Bissi, Harvard University, USA (natural sciences)
Reader Maria Tenje, Uppsala University (engineering)
The programme, which is funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, has been founded in close collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, the Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, the Swedish Academy and the Swedish universities.
The universities nominate researchers to the programme, the royal Swedish academies assess the nominees and present the most promising researchers to the foundation, which makes the final selection. The universities then have the long-term responsibility for the researchers’ progress.
Wallenberg Academy Fellows