Published: 02-10-2023 15:04 | Updated: 01-12-2023 09:53

Nominate 2024 year’s doctors honoris causa in medicine and odontology at Karolinska Institutet

The closing date for nominations is December 10, 2023.

Who may nominate?

Eligible to nominate are all employees of Karolinska Institutet, as well as visiting scientists affiliated to KI.

When and how?

Signed proposals are to be addressed to the Committee for Research and must arrive by Sunday, December 10, 2023 at the latest and should be submitted by e-mail to

The proposals should contain a detailed motivation. Nominations can be made for:

  • scientific achievements, especially those with a relationship to Karolinska Institutet
  • significant contributions to the university and its activities
  • significant contributions to the world, to Sweden or to society within the areas of interest of Karolinska Institutet.

Who already is a doctor in medicine at a Swedish university, or has been awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine at a Swedish university cannot be appointed honorary doctor in medicine at another Swedish university. Please also note that previous years’ nominations must be renewed.

Only a small number of the nominees will receive honorary doctorates and therefore the proponents should not contact the nominees before the decision is made.

The proposals are treated confidentially and are reviewed by a committee appointed by the Committée for Research.

Honorary doctors at Karolinska Institutet

The first honorary doctors in Medicine and Odontology at Karolinska Institutet were appointed in 1910 and 1949. Over the years, a total of 323 honorary doctors have been appointed.

What is an honorary doctor?

An honorary doctor is a person appointed by a faculty to have doctoral honor and dignity, i.e. has the right to use this title without having to formally meet the qualifications usually required by the rules of the university. An honorary doctor of medicine is entitled MDhc, medical doctor honoris causa, and an honorary doctor of odontology, has the title ODhc.

The practice of appointing honorary doctors in Sweden by order of the faculty was born on May 15, 1839 at Uppsala University when the poet and professor, P. D. A. Atterbom brought a proposal for appointing a Swedish cultural personality, who had not obtained a degree. The proposal was approved by the Faculty of Philosophy.
Ancient theological doctorate dignities, which until 1927 were presented by the Archbishop, by decision of the state church's main representative, i. e. the king, were also a kind of honorary doctorates. Characteristic for the two categories of honorary doctorates is that the title is obtained by various kinds of merit and not by examination. (Source: Torgny Nevéus, Honoris causa, 2000; Torgny Nevéus, Lagerkransar och logotyper, 1999).