Wallenberg Scholars

The Wallenberg Scholar program focuses on Sweden’s leading senior researchers.

It was implemented because researchers need long-term funding without the distraction of pressure to secure external grants in order to carry out world-class research. 
The grant can be freely used for research for five years with no restrictions. After the end of the grant period, the research is evaluated by an international panel of experts, and the best researchers are awarded a further five-year grant.

Natural Science

Igor Abrikosov, Professor of Theoretical Physics
Linköping University

Advanced new materials based on metastable states

Per Ahlberg, Professor of Evolutionary Organismal Biology
Uppsala University

Evolution’s step onto land

Leif Andersson, Professor of Functional Genomics
Uppsala University

Domestic pigs, horses and chickens tell us about man’s heritage

Siv Andersson, Professor of Molecular Evolutionary Biology
Uppsala University

Bacteria can be the body’s own vaccine factories

Magnus Berggren, Professor of Organic Electronics
Linköping University

He converts electronic signals into biological signals

Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Uppsala University

Self-repairing batteries inspired by nature’s healing

Tobias Ekholm, Professor of Matematics
Uppsala University

He moves on the boundary between Mathematics and Physics

Hans Ellegren, Professor in Evolutionary Biology
Uppsala University

Flycatcher genes the key to new species

Olle Eriksson, Professor of Theoretical Magnetism
Uppsala University

Magnetic materials of the future

Andrew Ewing, Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Gothenburg

New imaging techniques to reveal secrets of the brain

Gunnar von Heijne, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Stockholm University

Modeling with life’s architecture

Anne L'Huillier, Professor of Atomic Physics
Lund University

Atomic physics on the march

Fredrik Höök, Professor of Biological Physics 
Chalmers University of Technology

Studying and making use of cell “communication capsules”

Svante Janson, Professor of Mathematics
Uppsala University

Random graph models predict the spread of infection

Mikael Käll, Professor of Physics
Chalmers University of Technology

He casts new light on biological processes

Claudia Köhler, Professor of Molecular Plant Cell Biology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Species guard against hybridization using micromolecules

Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Professor of Comparative Genomics
Uppsala University

Canine genes – keys to human disease

Richard Neutze, Professor of Biochemistry
University of Gothenburg

He films in the molecular world

Jens Nielsen, Professor of Microbiology and System Biology
Chalmers University of Technology

Life's own engineer makes fuel from yeast 

Ove Nilsson, Professor of Plant Reproductive Biology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

He wants to understand - and control - tree blooming and growth

Thomas Nyström, Professor of Microbiology
University of Gothenburg

Aged cells are damaged by clumps of protein

Nikolai Piskunov, Professor of Observational Astrophysics
Uppsala University

Using new technology to study conditions for life in space

Stephanie Reimann, Professor of Mathematical Physics
Lund University

Ultracold quantum droplets displaying new phenomena

Markus Schmid, Professor in Plant Physiology
Umeå University

How plants change in response to temperature fluctuations

Lars Tranvik, Professor of Limnology
Uppsala University

Learning about organic decomposition to understand climate

Mathias Uhlén, Professor of Microbiology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Mankind will get a list of ingredients

Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Professor of Biological Chemistry
Chalmers University of Technology

Protein research that can alter our view of how diseases develop

Xiaodong Zou, Professor of Structural Chemistry
Stockholm University

Sweden sees new method for analyzing biological molecules

Technology and physics

Peter Andrekson, Professor of Photonics
Chalmers University of Technology

Optical research to speed up Internet

Lars Berglund, Professor of Wood and Wood Composites
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Environmentally friendly materials from nanocellulose

Per Delsing, Professor of Experimental Physics
Chalmers University of Technology

Taming the forces of light

Hans Hertz, Professor of Biomedical Physics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

X-ray research that raises hopes

Lars Hultman, Professor of Thin-film Physics
Linköping University

Hard, harder, hardest – Strong materials research

Olle Inganäs, Professor of Biomolecular and Organic Electronics
Linköping University

Energetic, leading solar researcher

Karl Henrik Johansson, Professor of Networked Control
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Energy savings through connected devices and vehicles 

Kurt Johansson, Professor of Mathematics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The quest for random patterns

Danica Kragic Jensfelt, Professor of Computer Science, specializing in computer vision and robotics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Robots interacting with people

Erik G. Larsson, Professor of Communications Systems
Linköping University

Researching for security and speed in the wireless networks of the future

Andreas Strömbergsson, Professor of Mathematics
Uppsala University

Mathematical models for spheres at rest and in motion

Anders Ynnerman, Professor of Scientific Visualization
Linköping University

Visualisation: an unmatched research tool and disseminator of knowledge

Medicine and medical technology

Dan Andersson, Professor of Medical Bacteriology
Uppsala University

Learning more about antibiotic resistance for better diagnosis and treatment

Ernest Arenas, Professor of Molecular Neurobiology
Karolinska Institutet

Programming brain cells to help Parkinson’s sufferers

Christer Betsholtz, Professor of Vascular Biology
Uppsala University

New pathway for medicines against Alzheimer's disease

Anna Blom, Professor of Medical Protein Chemistry
Lund University

Mapping the intracellular immune system for new therapies

Fredrik Bäckhed, Professor of Molecular Medicine
University of Gothenburg

The impact of diabetes treatment on intestinal bacteria

Lena Claesson-Welsh, Professor of Medical Biochemistry
Uppsala University

Tumors may become a benign part of the body

Helena Edlund, Professor of Molecular Developmental Biology
Umeå University

With the goal of reducing diabetes and other overweight-related diseases

Jonas Frisén, Professor of Stem Cell Research
Karolinska Institutet

Nuclear explosions give brain researchers unique opportunities

Patrik Ernfors, Professor of Tissue Biology
Karolinska Institutet 

Basic research for self-healing brains

Randall Johnson, professor of Molecular Physiology and Pathology
Karolinska Institutet

Oxygen deficiency in tumor tissue – improving cancer therapies

Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Professor of Comparative Genomics
Uppsala University

Canine genes – keys to human disease

Sten Linnarsson, Professor of Molecular Systems Biology
Karolinska Institutet

Predicting human brain development 

Taija Mäkinen, Associate professor
Uppsala University

Learning the mysteries of the lymphatic system

Lars Nyberg, Professor of Neuroscience
Umeå University

With an eye for the brain’s memory functions, aging and disease

Stefan Thor, Professor of Biology
Linköping University

Fly research that may slow development of Alzheimer’s

Social science and humanities

Mats Alvesson, Professor of Business Administration
Lund University

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Researching human vanity

Marianne Gullberg, Professor of Psycholinguistics
Lund University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

On the art of learning a new language

Per Krusell, Professor of Economics
Stockholm University

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Climate change affects different regions differently

Alexander Ljungqvist, Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance
Stockholm School of Economics

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Does a shrinking stock market have a socio-economic impact?

Bo Rothstein, Professor in Political Science
University of Gothenburg

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

The health problems of corruption

Lotta Vikström, Professor of History
Umeå University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

Ageing with disabilities – in past, present and future societies

Maria Ågren, Professor of History
Uppsala University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

Women more important economically in the 17th century than previously thought