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Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Research Fellowship in Behavioural Neuroscience

24 January 2020

The Queen’s College is delighted to announce the creation and endowment of the Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Research Fellowship in Behavioural Neuroscience thanks to a generous £2m gift from the Pettit Foundation (USA) and the Carlsberg Foundation (Denmark).


Interdisciplinary neuroscientific endeavours, encompassing the humanities, philosophy, social science, psychology, mathematics, and related disciplines, are at the core of recent and profound advances in understanding human behaviour. Future advances will require support for research at the highest levels of academic rigour, while bringing together scholars and scientists from many adjacent disciplines in order to exchange and develop new insights into human behaviour.

The Queen’s College, the Pettit Foundation, and the Carlsberg Foundation are committed to working together to support and grow this important area of interrelated, interdisciplinary research and are pleased to announce that Professor Morten Kringelbach will take up the post of the Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Senior Research Fellow from 29 January 2020.

Dr Claire Craig, Provost of Queen’s, said “The imagination and generosity of the Pettit and Carlsberg Foundations is enabling Queen’s to build on its tradition of excellence by establishing this important new Fellowship. I am delighted that the Governing Body has appointed Professor Kringelbach as the first Erel Shalit Carlsberg Foundation Research Fellow.”

In his role as a Senior Research Fellow Professor Kringelbach will also serve as the Director of the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, a new academic centre to be based at The Queen’s College. Professor Kringelbach said "Understanding the life well-lived was one of the main interests of the late Erel Shalit and requires the kind of careful interdisciplinary research which has always been a hallmark of the Carlsberg Foundation. Throughout its history, The Queen's College has supported interdisciplinary research and I am delighted that the Pettit and Carlsberg Foundations have chosen to generously support this new and exciting endeavour."

Professor Kringelbach is a Senior Research Fellow in Psychology at The Queen’s College and Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Aarhus in Denmark.  His research focuses on explaining hedonia (pleasure) and eudaimonia (the life well-lived) and how they are affected in health and disease. His work also explores anhedonia (the lack of pleasure) in neuropsychiatric disorders.

Under Professor Kringelbach’s leadership, the Centre will coordinate interdisciplinary research, work to create new international research networks, convene interdisciplinary discussions and spark engagement between practitioners in disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, social science, physics, biology, anthropology, and neuroscience. Through the Centre’s ongoing collaborations, it will clarify the underlying psychological and philosophical issues related to the study of happiness and well-being and connect these discussions to contemporary investigations of the neural relationships between emotional and cognitive states.


Founded in 1341, The Queen’s College is one of the oldest constituent colleges of Oxford University.  It is a registered charity and an independent, self-governing body with approximately 330 students reading for undergraduate degrees and 190 graduate students.  The College has around 60 academic staff dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence and cultivating a community of open-minded thinkers.

Pettit Foundation is a 501c3 private foundation in the United States whose mission is to support creative endeavours to improve individual, cultural, and natural life.

Carlsberg Foundation is one of the world’s oldest industrial foundations. The Foundation was founded on a passion for perfection by brewer J.C. Jacobsen in 1876 and has since then been the principal shareholder of Carlsberg A/S. The Carlsberg Foundation supports visionary and innovative international basic research within the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

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Dr Morten Kringelbach