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Danida Fellowship Centre offers learning opportunities to partners in Danida financed development cooperation projects and programmes in developing and growth countries.

On behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Danida Fellowship Centre administers the development research grants provided by Denmark’s development cooperation, Danida. Danida Fellowship Centre administers on-going research grants as well as annual calls for applications for new research project grants.

Danida Fellowship Centre coordinates the  Danida Fellows Network, which is a unique global network of highly qualified individuals from public authorities, research and learning institutions, the private sector and civil society with a special connection to Denmark. The Network supports members as they share knowledge, build new partnerships and work to solve the challenges facing the world today.

The current strategy of Danida Fellowship Centre is Knowledge in Action 2021 – 25. It promotes knowledge uptake and impact especially by employing engagement and communications skills as the driver to bring knowledge into action.

Danida Fellowship Centre co-operates closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for the political and strategic aspects of the development research grants and defines the framework for the capacity development activities undertaken by the Danida Fellowship Centre for the partners in programmes financed by the Danish Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Danida Fellowship Centre employs 31 permanent staff members. In addition, Danida Fellowship Centre employs Danish students (junior staff) who are attached to the fellowship activities.

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Governing statutes
Danida Fellowship Centre is a public self-governing institution. Its highest organ is the Board of Directors consisting of three members, who are appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark for a three-year period, plus a staff representative.

See the statutes (in Danish)

Danida Fellowship Centre has a permanent staff of 31. In addition,  we have eight Danish students (junior staff) who are attached to the fellowship activities.

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Board of Directors

Chairperson Ms Ulla Tørnæs, former Minister for Development Cooperation and former Minister of Education

Mr Simon Grünfeld, Director, Nature and Environmental Management, City of Aarhus

Mr Christian Lund, Professor, Global Development, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen

Mr Christian Krone, Economist, Consultant and Owner of Krone Controlling

MS Julie Koch, International Director, MS Action Aid Denmark

Ms Ida Hrønn Nielsen,
Employee Representative

Ms Tove Degnbol,
Head of Evaluation, Learning and Quality
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Danida and Danida Fellowship Centre

Danida is the term used for Denmark’s development cooperation, which is an area of activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.

Danida Fellowship Centre is Danida financed and offers learning opportunities for partners in projects and programmes funded by Danida.