Wallenberg professorships

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry international guest professorships – Wallenberg professorships

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation has decided to fund seven one-year guest professorships of the highest international standard. The series of professorships started in 2014.


Ian A. Fleming is the first holder of the KSLA Wallenberg professorship.

Dan Binkley is the second holder of the KSLA Wallenberg professorship.

Dagmar Haase is the third holder of the KSLA Wallenberg professorship.

Barry A. Costa-Pierce is the forth holder of the KSLA Wallenberg professorship.


The purpose of the Wallenberg professorships is to establish ties with prominent foreign scientists, who can be expected to contribute towards the renewal of Swedish science in the green sector, and to universities and academic institutions. In this context, the green sector is defined as forestry, agriculture, horticulture, care and breeding of domestic animals, veterinary medicine, hunting and reindeer herding, urban green areas, fisheries and aquaculture, but not the industries and service sectors based on these.

The Wallenberg visiting professorships should bring a unique contribution of skills to the Swedish host institution, and the holder shall have the ability to significantly contribute to the activities conducted there or to provide assistance in the organisation of new prioritised areas of expertise. The potential to utilise the Wallenberg visiting professorship to establish cooperation between Swedish and foreign research is welcomed. It is important that guest professors can be expected to enhance the competence of academic institutions in the longer term – a plan for this will be of interest in the assessment.

The holder of a Wallenberg professorship must combine scientific excellence with a multidisciplinary way of working. The Wallenberg professorship may be used for research as well as for graduate and undergraduate tutoring. The intended profile of the holder’s activities should be described in the proposal for the holder of the professorship.

The Academy Collegium will appoint the holder of a Wallenberg professorship. Proposals received will be processed by a separate panel specially set up by the Academy Collegium.

The Wallenberg professorship runs for a full academic year, i.e. for a duration of some nine months. However, if there are special circumstances, the professorship may run for a maximum of three terms. The holder of a Wallenberg professorship may, if deemed appropriate, divide his/her time between several seats of learning. One of these shall however have administrative and financial responsibility.

The Academy will provide a lump-sum grant of up to 1.2 million kronor for the professor’s salary, living and travel expenses, while other costs such as costs associated with the university/academic institution will be covered by the seat of learning. The institution that hosts the Wallenberg professorship takes full responsibility for all practical issues (housing, schools, insurance, tax, etc.) that may arise. The stay must be well prepared so that it can be fully utilised for the Wallenberg professor’s research and teaching. The host institution shall provide clear information regarding scientific activities as well as practical arrangements.

Holders of a Wallenberg professorship are proposed initially by means of a ‘pre-proposal’ – the university/university college submits proposals for holders of a professorship who will work in areas of importance for the institution and the country that are of definite benefit, and in a high calibre research environment, see template below. Each institution may submit proposals for up to two candidates (the institutions may nominate their candidates several times), after which the Academy will nominate those candidates for whom the institutions are invited to submit a formal application on a special form.

Nominate holder of the 2018–2019 professorship

‘Pre-proposals’ (submitted by the Vice-Chancellor of the university/university college) shall be sent to:

The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
Attn: Secretary General
Box 6806
113 86 Stockholm

and shall reach the Academy no later than 22 May 2017.

A decision as to which proposals shall be invited to submit a complete application will be announced on 15 June at the latest. Complete applications shall reach the Academy by 2 October at the latest.

The decision on the successful candidates will be announced by mid-December and the one to two professors may be expected to start their guest professorships in the autumn 2018.

Enquiries regarding the Wallenberg professorships may be addressed to:

Carl-Anders Helander
Secretary General and Managing Director
Tel: +46 (0) 8-54 54 77 02

or to:

Thomas Rosswall
Chair of the nomination panel
Tel: +46 (0) 760-19 16 78

Pre-proposal template