PhD Project Grants

The Copenhagen Center for Health Technology supports PhD Projects within personal health technology within its three strategic areas; (i) healthy living, (ii) active ageing, and (iii) chronic disease prevention and management.

Cachet PhD projects are characterized by being:

  • Focused on the design, development, and evaluation of personalized health technology
  • Interdisciplinary across the health and technological sciences
  • Application focused and grounded in end-user organizations (like private homes, municipalities, nursing homes or hospitals)
  • Innovative by developing new solutions for the healthcare system and/or new products for companies

We encourage ‘twin’ PhD projects where a technical and a health/ medical/ clinical PhD work together as ‘sisters’ in a joint project. A PhD project should have both a medical and technical supervisor, with one being the main supervisor and project owner.


Cachet can co-fund PhD scholarships at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (KU SUND) and at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The project and grant must be anchored at and managed by DTU or KU SUND and involves a university hospital in the Capital Region (RegionH) or the City of Copenhagen. The PhD candidate is enrolled at either DTU or KU, and employed at the university institute or the clinical hospital department of the project owner.


The fellowship provides up to 2/3 substitute for a PhD student for 3 years, employed at either DTU or KU SUND. You can apply for 1/3 or 2/3 of a PhD scholarship (salary + tuition) provided that you have – or is applying for – the remaining funds from an external source (public fund, private fund, company, etc.).

Application Procedure

An application is submitted by the main supervisor and project owner. PhD students cannot apply on their own but should contact a relevant supervisor.
Applicants should fill in the “PhD application form”. PhDs can be applied for in pairs of clinical/technical projects. In this case, two applications – one for each PhD project – should be submitted but the pairing should be described in each.

We welcome applications in all areas of personal health technology in a broad sense. However, currently we are in particular looking for projects that - in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen - will address the following themes:

  • Preventive public health to reduce inequality in health e.g. focusing on smoking, alcohol and mental health
  • Rehabilitation of dementia patients
  • Prevention of readmission to hospital care targeting the elderly medical patient

In 2017, application deadlines are:

  • 1. April
  • 1. September

Please see the PhD Application Guideline document that contains further details.


Jakob Eyvind Bardram
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 53 11
23 OCTOBER 2017