Wallenberg Academy Fellows is a carreer 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 the 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 research questions over an extended period of time.
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 offers a framework for developing the skills and contact networks they need to head successful research environments.
Collaboration between the Foundation, academies and universities
The programme has been initiated in close collaboration with Swedish university vice-chancellors, 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 universities are to nominate researchers who will be evaluated by the academies, whereupon the Foundation will make the final selection, and the universities will assume long-term responsibility for the selected researchers’ work.
Peter Wallenberg Jr, Vice-chairman of the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation at that time, and others talks about the new Wallenberg Academy Fellows programme before the first announcements in 2012.