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. The announcement of the Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2016 will be in December 2016 at the latest.

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.


Upon filing a nomination, the university undertakes to employ the researcher in question in case of selection. Furthermore, the university guarantees that the researcher will be given a relevant position at the host institution. It will co-finance the initiative by assuring that no more than a maximum of 50 % of the researcher's salary is covered by the grant. The university will also provide resources for overhead costs in addition to that which can be provided by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

For further information, please contact the relevant seat of learning.