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The Wallenberg Foundations

Wallenberg Academy Fellows, the career program for young researchers launched by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 2012, provides long-term funding for young, promising researchers from all academic fields.


Wallenberg Academy Fellows is the largest private investment in young researchers in Sweden. In addition to providing the best young researchers with long-term resources that allow them to concentrate on their research, the programme contributes to the increased internationalisation of the Swedish research environment.

In 2023, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation appointed 31 Wallenberg Academy Fellows. Eight of the outstanding young researchers awarded these prestigious funds are working at, or will start at, Stockholm University. Depending on the subject area, the funds cover between SEK 6.5 and 15.6 million per researcher over five years. After the first period, it is possible to apply for a further five years of funding.

With eight Wallenberg Academy Fellows granted, Stockholm University is the higher education institution that over the years has been granted the most Wallenberg Academy Fellows in a single year.


The Stockholm University Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2023.
The Stockholm University Wallenberg Academy Fellows 2023.



Natural Sciences

- Birgit Wild, Department of Environmental Sciences, Stockholm University

- Foivos Perakis, Department of Physics, Stockholm University

- Jessica Stephenson, University of Pittsburgh, USA (Stockholm University)

- Azadeh Fattahi, Durham University, UK (Stockholm University)

- Ilaria Piazza, Max Delbrück Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany (Stockholm University)




- Mika Sipponen, Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Stockholm University.




- Orri Stefánsson, Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University and the Institute for Futures Studies and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

- Mateja Hajdinjak, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, (Stockholm University)


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New Wallenberg Scholars at Stockholm University



Photo of the new Wallenberg Scholars at Stockholm University.
New Wallenberg Scholars at Stockholm University. From top left: Emil Johansson Bergholtz, Annica Ekman, Jonas Tallberg, Martin Jakobsson and Erik Lindahl.

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Annica Ekman, Professor of Meteorology: Studies of clouds in warmer polar climates

Erik Lindahl, Professor of Biophysics: Investigating the structure and function of membrane proteins

Emil Johansson Bergholtz, Professor of Theoretical Physics: Basic topological research explaining the quantum world

Martin Jakobsson, Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics: Seabeds are mapped for better understanding of glaciers

Jonas Tallberg, Professor of Political Science: How countries' political systems affect international cooperation



Existing scholars receiving extended funding

Gunnar von Heijne, Professor of Theoretical Chemistry
Read the article on KAW's website The forces behind protein folding

Martin Högbom, Professor of Structural Biochemistry
Read the article on KAW's website Dreaming of converting greenhouse gases using nature´s chemistry

David Drew, Professor of Biochemistry
Read the article on KAW's website Revealing how the cell uptakes sugar

Ilona Riipinen, Professor of Atmospheric Science  
Read the article on KAW's website Mapping the unexplored impact of forest on climate

Sara Strandberg, Professor of Elementary Particle Physics
Read the article on KAW's website Measuring the Higgs boson

Dan Petersen, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics
Read the article on KAW's website Using algebraic geometry to study abstract spaces

Xiadong Zou, Professor of Structural Chemistry
Read the article on KAW's website Revolutionary close-ups of building blocks of life

Helen Frowe, Professor of Philosophy
Read the article on KAW's website Heading a Swedish research centre for research on the ethics of war

List of the 118 researchers who have been awarded grants.


Background Wallenberg Scholars

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation funds two programs for free research aimed at individual researchers: Wallenberg Academy Fellows, where the Foundation has funded 261 junior researchers, and Wallenberg Scholars for senior researchers, where 118 researchers at Swedish universities have now been appointed Wallenberg Scholars. 

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