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Call OUH Fund for Pre-graduate Stipends

Proposals for pre-graduate stipends are invited. Two calls a year are anticipated, see below for expected dates and deadlines. 

Call for proposals 1st round 2024

Round Launch of call Application deadline Assessment meeting
1 20 September 2023 8 November 2023, at 23.59 p.m. 12 December 2023 (expected)
2 20 March 2024 (expected) 7 May 2024, at 23.59 p.m. (expected) 11 June 2024 (expected)


“The patient first” is the underlying principle of OUH’s ambition in creating value for our patients. To offer the best treatment, retain and attract the best qualified staff to the benefit of patients, it is the ambition of OUH to strengthen research at the hospital. As one of several initiatives to reach this objective, OUH has set aside funding for pre-graduate stipends as the first step in a visible career path.

Each applicant may apply for a maximum amount of DKK 60,000 for a total of six months from the OUH Fund for Pre-graduate Stipends.

Annually, a maximum of 16 stipends are available from the OUH Fund for Pre-graduate Stipends.

Requirements for applicants

Eligible applicants are primarily pre-graduate medical students. However, students from other disciplines doing a research year at OUH may also apply. Research within all health disciplines including clinical patient related research, research of epidemiology, experimental laboratory research and Health Services research is covered by the OUH Pre-graduate Fund.

The application must be submitted by the pre-graduate student. However, please note that the pre-graduate student must be supervised in drawing up the application and that the supervisor must approve the application prior to submission.

Please note the following regarding the pre-graduate project and pre-graduate student:

  • A pre-graduate project must be outlined in a way so that the pre-graduate student can carry out independent tasks feasible for a one-year project.
  • If the pre-graduate project is part of a full scale research project, the pre-graduate sub-project must be well-defined and the role of the pre-graduate student specified.
  • The pre-graduate student must play a significant role in the proposed research activity and the tasks and motivation for conducting a research year and the particular research project must be clearly described in the application.

Only projects which have already obtained approval from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) before the application deadline are eligible.

The main part of the project must be carried out at Odense University Hospital or Svendborg Hospital.


The SDU Graduate School of Health Sciences states that financing a pre-graduate research year consists of the following options:

  • 6 months of SU during the thesis semester
  • 6 months of salary from a scholarship, e.g. the OUH Pre-graduate Fund or an external fund covering the period of time where a pre-graduate student must take an absence of leave from studies, and therefore cannot receive SU. If a scholarship for salary is not granted, an SDU scholarship disbursement may be applied.

Information about how the entire pre-graduate project is funded must be included in the application.

Applications from the OUH Fund for pre-graduate stipends can only be granted if funding has been applied for from at least two external funds.

Grants from the OUH Fund for Pre-graduate Stipends must be reimbursed if funding for salary is received from elsewhere. It will not be possible to receive funding from both the OUH Pre-graduate Fund and an SDU scholarship disbursement.

Eligible costs

  • Half a man-year (6 months), equivalent of DKK 60,000 for the pre-graduate student

Non eligible costs

  • Salary for other researchers (SCS in English and VIP in Danish)
  • Co-financing of non-scientific staff (NSS in English, TAP in Danish)
  • Purchase of apparatus or operating expenses 
  • Overhead due to the fact that the OUH Fund for Pre-graduate Stipends is a local fund

The OUH Research Support offers instructions on how to draw up a budget. If you request assistance, please contact 

Assessment criteria

Applications are being assessed according to the following criteria: 

  • The applicant:
    • Motivation for carrying out and role in a pre-graduate research project
    • Qualifications - e.g. relevant classes in medical scholl, previous research experience, student job
  • Research environment:
    • Suitability of the research environment for carrying out the project and education a pre-graduate student
  • Scientific quality of the project:
    • Clear hypothesis and suitable method
    • Feasibility of the project
    • The suitability of the project as a pre-graduate project
  • Strategic considerations:

How to submit an application

You must submit your application via the electronic application system efond. Please read and comply with the instructions given in efond and enclose the following appendices in PDF format: 

  • Signed approval from both Head of Department and Head of Research at OUH stating that the project can be carried out at OUH
  • Signed approval of the project from SDU
  • Transcript of grades from the pre-graduate student’s Master’s degree programme
  • Brief CV for the principal supervisor including
    • number of former and current pre-graduate students
    • list of supervisor's 10 most relevant publications int eh past five years.
  • Time schedule for the pre-graduate project. If the pre-graduate project is part of a larger project, a Gantt chart, timeline or similar showing how the goals of the pre-graduate project are placed in the overall project.

If you have already started your pre-graduate project, in step 2 of efond, please include a progression report describing obtained milestones, etc.

In the budget section in efond (step 3), please state which year a possible grant from the OUH pre-graduate Fund is to be applied:

  • Year 1 = 2024
  • Year 2 = 2025

If a possible grant is to be divided between two years, please indicate number of months for each year..
In efond, do not forget to state which other Funds financial support has been applied for and for which budget headings.

Your application must be written in English. However, please note that the layman’s summary and the section regarding involvement of patients must be written in Danish.

Applicants are advised to secure input from e.g. supervisors in drawing up the application in order to make it structured with a clear purpose.

You will receive a confirmation by email from “efond” if your application is submitted correctly (please check your spam filter if you do not receive an email).

Assessment procedure

The submitted applications will be reviewed and prioritised by the committee of the OUH Fund for Pre-graduate Stipends at an assessment meeting.
All applicants will receive notice of the outcome of the application approximately one week after the assessment meeting.


Patients are members of the assessment committee and will be reviewing the applications with other members of the committee. The primary focus of the patients is on the layman’s description and description of patient involvement, why these parts must be understandable to a non-specialist.
Consequently, the layman’s summary in Danish should:

  • be drawn up without applying technical terms and abbreviations and be a simple and accessible description of the project fit for publishing at the OUH website
  • in the first paragraph address the research question, its applicability  including number of patients, and the need for solving the problem.
  • contain purpose and hypothesis
  • address non-specialists
  • contain information about expected outcome (quantify the impact if possible)
  •  be read by a non-health professional prior to submitting the application.

Involvement of patients and their relatives

Please note that involvement of patients in the project does not equal treatment of patients.

Involving patients and relatives in the research process can help to ensure that the research focuses on the most important topics and issues from a patient perspective. Involvement by patients and relatives should be enhanced where it contributes the most value for the individual project and thus the value of the project to patients and society as a whole.

It is important to describe considerations about patient and relative involvement in the application. The involvement can take place throughout the entire research process – from the planning of the project to dissemination of the results that are generated. The main purpose of health research is obtaining results that will be beneficial for patients.

Examples of how and when patients and relatives can be involved:

  • Clarification of research questions, outcome goals
  • Reading the application – especially Danish sections (layman’s description, descriptions to Ethical Committee of Science)
  • Dissemination of research results

Please find more inspiration at the OUH Center for Forskning Sammen med Patienter og Pårørende (ForSa-P; in Danish), VIBIS (in Danish) or NIHS  in the UK.

Questions and contact information

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