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

Experiment serves as base for a predictive theory of metastable materials

Per Ahlberg, Professor of Evolutionary Organismal Biology
Uppsala University

Ancient footprints rewrite the history of evolution

Leif Andersson, Professor of Functional Genomics
Uppsala University

The genetic diversity of animals – a researcher’s gold mine

Siv Andersson, Professor of Molecular Evolutionary Biology
Uppsala University

Bee bacteria working as vitamin factories

Magnus Berggren, Professor of Organic Electronics
Linköping University

Creating new research fields using organic electronics

Robert Berman, Professor in mathematics
Chalmers University of Technology

Mathematics that describes the universe's geometric structure

Kimberly Dick Thelander, Professor in Physics
Lund University

Studying new materials while they build themselves

David Drew, Professor in Biochemistry
Stockholm University

Revealing how the cell uptakes sugar

Kristina Edström, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
Uppsala University

Self-healing batteries inspired by nature

Tobias Ekholm, Professor of Matematics
Uppsala University

Wilder geometry shedding new light on string theory

Johan Elf, Professor in Physical Biology
Uppsala University

How life works – down to the last detail

Hans Ellegren, Professor in Evolutionary Biology
Uppsala University

Clues to the origin of species in flycatcher genes

Olle Eriksson, Professor of Theoretical Magnetism
Uppsala University

The quest for magnetic materials of the future

Andrew Ewing, Professor of Analytical Chemistry
University of Gothenburg

How our memories are created

Gunnar von Heijne, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Stockholm University

The forces behind protein folding

Anne L'Huillier, Professor of Atomic Physics
Lund University

The world’s shortest light pulses – and what they can do

Martin Högbom, Professor of Structural Biochemistry
Stockholm University

Understanding nature’s chemistry

Fredrik Höök, Professor of Biological Physics 
Chalmers University of Technology

Learning how viruses enter cells

Mattias Jakobsson, Professor of Genetics
Uppsala University 

Researching the family tree of modern humans

Svante Janson, Professor of Mathematics
Uppsala University

Speeding up development of AI

Anders Johansen, Professor of astronomy
Lund University

Challenging models of the birth of the solar system

Lynn Kamerlin, Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
Uppsala University

Using chemical design to recreate ancient enzymes

Kirsten Kraiberg Knudsen, Professor of Astronomy
Chalmers University of Technology

With her sights set on the outermost limits of the universe

Mikael Käll, Professor of Physics
Chalmers University of Technology

Driving particles with the power of light 

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

Jumping genes lead the way to crops of the future

Richard Neutze, Professor of Biochemistry
University of Gothenburg

Filming photosynthesis

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

Insights on cancer leading to green chemistry in the inner sanctum of cells

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

Yeast’s clean-up abilities provide insights into ageing

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

Testing quantum theories with ultracold droplets

Johanna Rosén, Professor in thin film physics
Linköping University

Spotlight on the environment as new materials take shape

Markus Schmid, Professor in Plant Physiology
Umeå University

How plants respond to climate change

Sara Strandberg, Associate Professor in Particle Physics
Stockholm University

Measuring the Higgs Boson 

Lars Tranvik, Professor of Limnology
Uppsala University

Learning about organic decomposition to understand climate

Mathias Uhlén, Professor of Microbiology
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Protein atlas maps the way to new drugs

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

The role of copper-binding proteins in cancer and Parkinson’s

Xiaodong Zou, Professor of Structural Chemistry
Stockholm University

Revolutionary close-ups of the building blocks of life

Technology and physics

Peter Andrekson, Professor of Photonics
Chalmers University of Technology

Broadband to Mars with a new optical amplifier

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

An ear to the quantum world

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

Imaging the smallest detail

Lars Hultman, Professor of Thin-film Physics
Linköping University

Filling in the blank spots on the research map

Olle Inganäs, Professor of Biomolecular and Organic Electronics
Linköping University

Attractive solar cells and wooden batteries inspired by nature

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

Coming to terms with self-driving vehicles

Kurt Johansson, Professor of Mathematics
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Explaining patterns in our world

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

The technology beyond 5G

Andreas Strömbergsson, Professor of Mathematics
Uppsala University

A new approach to classical mathematical problems

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

New rapid testing – a promising weapon in the battle against antibiotic resistance

Ernest Arenas, Professor of Molecular Neurobiology
Karolinska Institutet

Programming brain cells – a new move in the battle against Parkinson’s

Christer Betsholtz, Professor of Vascular Biology
Uppsala University

Mapping the cells of blood vessels

Anna Blom, Professor of Medical Protein Chemistry
Lund University

A known protein with an unknown role in diabetes and infection?

Fredrik Bäckhed, Professor of Molecular Medicine
University of Gothenburg

The impact of diabetes treatment on intestinal bacteria

Marie Carlén, Associate Professor in neuroscience
Karolinska Institutet

New light technology sheds light on the cause of mental illness

Lena Claesson-Welsh, Professor of Medical Biochemistry
Uppsala University

New insights on blood vessels may slow the spread of cancer

Helena Edlund, Professor of Molecular Developmental Biology
Umeå University

Same protein plaque behind diabetes and neurological diseases

Patrik Ernfors, Professor of Tissue Biology
Karolinska Institutet 

Tracing the origin of tumors to find a cure for brain cancer

Maria Falkenberg, Professor of Biomedical Laboratory Science, University of Gothenburg

Disease and ageing due to mitochondrial DNA

Jonas Frisén, Professor of Stem Cell Research
Karolinska Institutet

Research into formation of new neurons may prolong life

Randall Johnson, Professor of Molecular Physiology and Pathology
Karolinska Institutet

Controlling the immune system to improve cancer therapies 

Nils-Göran Larsson, Professor of mitochondrial genetics
Karolinska Institutet

Spotlight on mitochondrial diseases and mitochondrial DNA

 

Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Professor of Comparative Genomics
Uppsala University

Learning about human diseases from canine DNA

Sten Linnarsson, Professor of Molecular Systems Biology
Karolinska Institutet

Predicting human brain development 

Taija Mäkinen, Associate professor
Uppsala University

Gene studies open the door to the mysterious lymphatic system

Lars Nyberg, Professor of Neuroscience
Umeå University

Exercise good for memory

Mia Phillipson, Professor in Physiology
Uppsala University

Unknown functions of the immune system

Camilla Svensson, Professor in Cellular and Molecular Pain Physiology
Karolinska Institutet

Searching for the source of chronic pain

Stefan Thor, Professor of Biology
Linköping University

Fly research that may slow development of Alzheimer’s

Henrik Zetterberg, Professor in neurochemistry
University of Gothenburg 

New ideas on plaque can provide a functioning dementia medicine

Social science and humanities

Mats Alvesson, Professor of Business Administration
Lund University

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Functional stupidity in organizations

Anna Dreber Almenberg, Professor of Economics
Stockholm School of Economics

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation
for the Scholar project "Which results can we trust?"

Researching to make research more reliable

Helen Frowe, Professor of Philosophy
Stockholm University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

Heading a Swedish center for research on the ethics of war

Marianne Gullberg, Professor of Psycholinguistics
Lund University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

Our unconscious gestures speak volumes

Per Krusell, Professor of Economics
Stockholm University

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Global CO2 tax to save the climate

Alexander Ljungqvist, Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance
Stockholm School of Economics

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Fewer listed companies may impact consumers

Bo Rothstein, Professor in Political Science
University of Gothenburg

Grant awarded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation

Finding a way to beat corruption

Lotta Vikström, Professor of History
Umeå University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

Impairment a barrier to finding work and a partner

Maria Ågren, Professor of History
Uppsala University

Grant awarded by Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation

Historical court records provide new insights into male and female work