The Wallenberg Foundation scholarship program for postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Broad Institute

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has established a postdoctoral fellowship program for the purpose of bringing outstanding young Swedish scientists to study and perform research for one-to-two years at the Broad Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has established a long-term scholarship program for postdoctoral studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Broad Institute. The purpose of the program is to bring outstanding young Swedish scientists to MIT for two years of postdoctoral studies. The program is open for all disciplines.

Fellows are given the opportunity to participate in a broad range of interdisciplinary activities and programs that characterize MIT and Broad’s approach to research and education.

After completing their postdoc visit, the Scholars will be supported upon their return to Sweden and use their experience from MIT and Broad for the benefit of Sweden.


The applicant must contact the scientist in whose laboratory/department/institute at MIT or Broad the applicant seeks to work. An invitation letter from the host should be sent to the applicant and submitted with the e-application.

Criteria and conditions

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation invites applicants for postdoctoral stipends.

The Stipend is for a period of up to two years of postdoctoral studies. The Stipend amounts to approximately USD 50,000 annually (the final amount will be set in accordance with the standard rate of each institution). A travel grant of USD 5,000 per year and an annual allowance for accompanying family members of USD 15,000 is also provided. The latter must be applied for separately in a direct request to the Foundation. The Fellows will also receive the MIT Affiliate/Broad Health Plan Insurance for post-docs. After each year during this period a progress report shall be prepared and sent to the Foundation.

Following the postdoctoral studies there is an opportunity to receive funding from the Wallenberg Foundation to support a research position at a Swedish university for up to two years, if the applicant cannot find another position.

The applicants should have a doctor's degree from a Swedish University at the time when the postdoc period starts, the exam cannot be older than four years after the date of dissertation, and a connection to a Swedish University or corresponding non-profit research organization. The Stipend cannot be combined with other stipends or positions. Scientific merit, adjusted to the applicant's age, will be an important factor at the assessment.

A complete application should contain the applicant’s date of PhD dissertation, CV and include a list of publications, a short personal letter (max 1 A4 page or 3 500 characters incl. spaces) a brief description of the proposed research program and a description of the research profile of the intended host and supervisor (max 6 A4 pages, 21 000 characters incl. spaces). A letter of invitation from the intended host should be submitted with the application (Other appendices). If the applicant has not passed the doctorate exam at the time of the application, a letter from the supervising professor should be submitted, in which the actual date for the exam is stated (Other appendices). Each applicant should ensure that two separate letters of recommendation with comments on the research program are submitted with the e-application. Please note that a budget form not is required since the amount applied for is fixed. Submit instead a document, confirming if you intend to apply for the Accompanying family member allowance. 
The application shall be written in English.

Application period

The application period starts October 1, and a complete application shall be submitted to the Foundation no later than November 15, before midnight.


The Foundation uses an electronic application system.



A list of successful applicants will be published on the web-site in late Spring.

Contact persons at MIT and Broad

Ann Skoczenski

Kerstin Lindblad-Toh

Angela Florentino