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Scholarships for the Academic Year 2003-2004

The Norwegian Government
offers a pool of scholarships for advanced students and young researchers. Nationals of the following countries may apply:

  • Austria
  • Belgium (the Flemish Community)
  • Bulgaria
  • Finland
  • The Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Israel
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • The Slovak Republic
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • The United Kingdom

Egypt, China and India
For nationals of China, Egypt and India, the Norwegian government offer a quota of scholarships. Read more...

Selection of candidates
The selection of candidates is carried out by the relevant scholarship authorities in the home country of the applicant. The selection process and the application deadline varies from country to country. More specific information can be obtained from the home country scholarship authorities. The scholarship authorities of the co-operating countries are invited to present applications for up to 15 candidates.
All applications must have been evaluated by and forwarded to the International Scholarship Section (IS) by the home country scholarship authorities.
The IS is not in a position to consider applications unless this procedure is followed.

Scholarships can be granted up to 10 months according to individual needs. The autumn semester in Norway runs from 20 August 20 December and the spring semester from 15 January 15 June. Requests for an extension of the scholarship will be regarded as a new application and should be directed through the home country authorities.

Applicants are required to:

  • Minimum hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent level).
  • Maximum be 40 years old.
  • Preferably enclose a letter of invitation from a host institution in Norway.
    Here is a list of names and addresses to Norwegian institutions.

The scholarships are valid at public universities, research institutes, colleges and other  institutions at university level in Norway. The programme is open to all areas of academic studies and research, including applied and performing arts.

Scholarship rates are:
NOK 8.000 per month for candidates who hold a Bachelor or a Master degree.
NOK 10.000 per month for candidates who are Ph.D. students or hold a Doctoral degree.
In addition each category will receive NOK 7.000 the first month for initial expenses.

For the first category the scholarship is exempted from tax. For the second category the scholarship holder might be required to pay local taxes. The scholarship is not intended to provide for family support. Scholarship holders will (in most cases) be able to get a room at student hostels.

The nomination deadline to the IS is 01 February 2003, and the national deadline is normally during the autumn of the previous year, i.e. the autumn 2002. The Programme Committee of the International Scholarship Section will assess the applications in early May 2003, and the outcome of their evaluation will be announced to the candidates in May/June 2003. The scholarship period in Norway may start from August 2003. A special application form must be used: Application form  It can also be obtained from national scholarship authorities, Norwegian Embassies, or from the International Scholarship Section directly.

Report form
Scholarship holders are required to fill in and return a Report form within 1 month of their return to their home country.

Purpose and content
The government scholarships are designed to promote contact and mobility between Norwegian and foreign students and researchers and institutions of higher learning and research. The scholarships are intended to finance a temporary stay, and not a complete education in Norway, and are therefore normally limited to a maximum of one academic year. It is important that the candidates give detailed information in their application about the purpose of the stay in Norway. The professional programme should  focus around one host institution.

The International Scholarship Section (IS)
The Research Council of Norway
P.O.Box 2700 St.Hanshaugen
N-0131 Oslo, Norway
E-mail: intstip@rcn.no

The International Scholarship Section (IS) The Research Council of Norway
P.O.Box 2700 St.Hanshaugen
N-0131 Oslo, Norway
E-mail: intstip@forskningsradet.no
Web: www.forskningsradet.no/english/is/



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