Who can apply

The programme will focus on the exchange of MSc and PhD students, but may also encompass exchange of postdocs and senior scientists.

Field - has to be industrial biotechnology and cannot be medicinal/ pharmaceutical biotechnology

The students and researchers must work in the field of biotechnology—which, for the purpose of this exchange programme entails "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." 

Danish researchers going to India

Will primarily be selected from Technical University of Denmark

Indian researchers coming to the Technical University of Denmark

DTU has signed agreements with the following Indian Institutions:

1. TERI University, Delhi

2. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 

3. Indian Institute of Technology Madras

4. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

5. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

6. Department of Genetics, Delhi University (Only for PhD students, Postdocs or senior scientists)



Duration of exchange

  • Exchange of PhDs /Postdocs / MSc students – 3 to 12 months
  • Exchange of senior scientists – 1 to 6 months

Guidelines for grants

Interested applicants can apply for grants as stated below:  

Danes to India

Danish researchers typically receive a salary, which can support their living expenses in India.

To promote the exchange, Danish researchers will receive a travel grant covering an economy class ticket, necessary vaccination and visa costs.

Master's students will receive a monthly grant of DKK 3,000. Danish PhD students, Danish postdocs or senior researchers exchanging to India for a shorter period of time, may require maintenance of a dual household. The amount will be decided on a case to case basis. 

Indians to Denmark
Cost of living for an Indian master student requires a monthly grant of DKK 6,500. Indian PhDs in Denmark require a monthly grant of app. DKK 10,000. Postdocs or senior researchers have higher requirements, e.g. DKK 12,000 per month. 

Indians exchanging to Denmark will also receive a travel grant covering an economy class ticket, necessary vaccination and visa costs.

Research areas of interest

Research activities in the partner Institutions are wide – ranging from basic research in the molecular basis of life processes to applied research in modern biotechnology.  Some specific fields are as follows:

  • Bio-fuels
  • M. tuberculosis
  • Disease resistance
  • Genomics and computational biology
  • Aphid transcriptomics
  • Indian micro-biome
  • NGS, systems biology and SNP prioritisation
  •  Ancient Indian populations study
  • Quantitative physiology
  • Kinetic and stoichiometric modeling
  • Penicillium research on production of cellulase
  • Protein sequence evolution
  • Adenovirus gene delivery
  • Resistance mechanisms
  • Ligand-binding predictions


Vanita Singh
Office for Study Programmes and Student Affairs
+45 45 25 78 57