David and Astrid Hagelén Foundation

The David and Astrid Hagelén Foundation hereby invites applications for post-doctoral stipends or grants for researcher salaries for medical research.


The grant is available for junior Swedish or researchers from abroad at postdoc level who graduated between September 17, 2021 and September 17, 2024. The applicant should be active at Karolinska Institutet and shall not yet have attained docent competence.

Priority will be given to researchers who have developed or intend to develop a line of research at another department than the one where they carried out their doctoral education.


The stipend of 35,000 SEK per month will be awarded for one year, with the option of a twelve-month extension after the first year. The foundation will also cover the costs of health or accident insurance up to 24,000 SEK. In addition, 50,000 SEK will be paid for the year to cover the running costs of the project in question. If the sum is paid as a grant, the entire sum of 494,000 SEK will be paid to the department to cover monthly salary costs.

The research for which the stipend is awarded is to be conducted during the stipend term with a maximum advance of 12 months. 

The stipend is awarded to 3-4 applicants.

Any papers published by the recipient must clearly state that the research has been conducted with financial support from the David and Astrid Hagelén Foundation.


The application must be submitted digitally. The online form will be available ​through KI Prisma during the application period, September 3 – 17, 2024. The application period opens at 10 am on September 3 and closes 2 pm on September 17.


Decision of grant will be taken by the Board of the Foundation. All applicants will be notified by e-mail in November.


  1. Project description, max. 2 pages of A4, where it must be clearly stated what role you will have in the project
  2. Letter of recommendation, primarily from your Postdoc supervisor and secondly from your PhD supervisor. The letter should confirm that the applicant has an scientific independence and an ability to develop a personal line of research after graduation
  3. Letter from the head of department testifying to active involvement in the research at KI
  4. Publication list.

Note that you should not add co-applicants to this call.

Assessment criteria

The application is assessed based on:

  • The applicant's merits
  • The originality of the research program
  • The quality of the research program
  • Relevance for the foundation's purposes
  • Feasibility.


For questions regarding this call please e-mail: fonder@ki.se