India-AU Collaboration


Scientist and student exchange between India and Aarhus University

Aarhus University has received a major grant from Novozymes and the Henning Holck-Larsen Foundation. Totalling up to DKK 4.2 million, the project funding will both give talented young researchers from Aarhus University the chance to conduct research in India and enable young Indian researchers to visit Aarhus University.

The project focuses on the exchange of scientists and students within the field of biotechnology - specifically "the study of advanced technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for industrial or scientific use, excluding technology which is exclusively or mainly for pharmaceutical applications."

“The project gives Aarhus University a unique chance – within biotechnology – to develop existing collaboration and establish new partnerships with some of the strongest players in India. We are thrilled that Novozymes and the Henning Holck-Larsen Foundation are facilitating this work, which will benefit both Danish and India research,” - Brian Bech Nielsen, Rector, Aarhus University.

The aim of the exchange agreement is also to strengthen the cultural links between India and Aarhus University, and to give individual researchers the chance to develop personally as well as professionally.

“At Aarhus University, we are investing heavily in talent development, and this represents a very exciting opportunity which we can offer our young biotechnology researchers, and which can help them to become even better. At the same time, we at the university can benefit from having young and talented Indian researchers working with us for a period, thereby allowing us to share our knowledge and experience,” ­­­- Brian Bech Nielsen

Who can apply?

The program focuses on exchange of PhD students, but may also encompass exchange of master students, postdocs and senior scientists. Furthermore, bachelor students on internships may also be considered.

The aims of the program are to:

  • Build on established connections between Danish and Indian professors, institutes etc., or to build new such connections
  • Promote integration of the scientist by ensuring anchoring in a project group at the receiving institution
  • Ensure personal maturity and sufficient technical skills.
  • Read more about who can apply

How to apply?

Applications can be submitted throughout the year and will be processed continuously.