12 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodAugust Start
Grant Length6-10 Months
Academic year grants for graduate level students (including those in doctoral programs) for study and/or research in Norway.
Grant Length: 10 months.
Grants normally begin in August. Projects may start before August if necessary for completion of the proposed research, e.g. ecological samples that have to be collected during the summer.
Shorter project timelines may be acceptable for Ph.D. candidates who want to be in Norway for less than 10 months.
A mandatory Fulbright orientation will be held for all grantees in mid-late August. Grantees are also encouraged to participate in orientation at their host universities.
Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels will be considered. Candidates must be mature, self-motivated individuals who are capable of working independently with little supervision. Projects can be either full-time study, independent research, or a combination of independent research and courses or seminars.
Important Note: Fulbright grants are sufficient to cover a grantee’s living expenses in Norway, but not much more. Please note that no additional funding is provided for translators, lab fees, equipment, supplies, or travel for fieldwork. Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines.
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Issues of feasibility should be thoroughly addressed in the Statement of Grant Purpose and in the letter(s) of affiliation. Examples include language barriers, access to equipment and/or datasets, and cultural sensitivities. If the proposed project entails working with human subjects or human subject data, the project proposal and/or letter of invitation must detail how the requisite Norwegian ethics approval will be obtained.
Foreign Language Proficiency
Norwegian language proficiency is not required, unless necessary for successful completion of the proposed project.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Letter required at deadline
Host interest is a key factor in determining who will be awarded a grant. All applicants are required to have an affiliation in Norway. Affiliations can be with any research, educational or creative group or organization that will facilitate the project. However, all applicants, including artists, are strongly encouraged to seek affiliation with a Norwegian university or college, as this offers benefits in securing housing, student status, and workspace. Grants are for study and/or research at one or at most two locations. They are not sufficient to cover extensive in-country travel, fieldwork, equipment etc.
Letter(s) of affiliation should come from a host or hosts who will advise you on your project for the duration of your stay. If the proposed project entails study and/or research in two locations, a letter of affiliation is required from one host in each place. An evaluation/comment on the feasibility of the proposed project from a Norwegian host or hosts is essential and should be addressed in your letter(s) of affiliation. This is especially important if your plans involve independent research.
Applicants who plan to pursue a degree should not expect admission to the degree program or institution prior to applying for a Fulbright grant and are therefore not expected to include a letter of admission with their applications. However, a letter of affiliation with an evaluation/comment on the feasibility of the proposed project from the Norwegian host or hosts is still required.
An invitation to apply is not sufficient. For study programs conditional on admission, the letter should come from a professor who would serve as your academic advisor should you gain admission. The letter should address your suitability for the proposed studies and their willingness to work with you. The letter should also discuss the strength of the match between your background and the proposed focus of your studies with what the program has to offer and/or the advisor’s academic specialties. Please note that the letter can be conditional on admission.
Students who plan to pursue degrees should apply formally to the Norwegian institution before its deadline and pay close attention to admissions requirements. In particular, be aware that some Norwegian universities require that applicants have a bachelor’s degree in hand at the time of application.
Applicants who clear the U.S. selection process should be advised that their hosts will be contacted by the Fulbright commission in Norway for additional feedback and a reaffirmation of their commitment to host the grantee. Such reaffirmation is an important factor in the Commission’s selection of applicants; if there is no response from your host(s), you will not be considered for a grant.
Applicants wanting to take a class or conduct research at UNIS may do so by arrangement with their host university in mainland Norway. Applications for full-time study or research at UNIS will not be considered.
Information on all Norwegian institutions of higher learning can be found at the website for The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).
Norway is one of the few countries where higher education remains largely tuition-free. With the exception of a nominal enrollment fee, Fulbright students at public universities need only pay for books if they take courses.
Please know that private universities may charge substantial tuition fees. Fulbright does not adjust the stipend to cover the cost of attending a private university.
Master-level students are usually offered affordable housing in the student village at their host universities. For Ph.D. students, researcher housing may be available. Grantees are also welcome to arrange their own private housing.
In order for your spouse/partner to satisfy requirements for a Norwegian residence permit on the basis of family reunification, you normally have to be at least 24 years old. If you are younger than this, your spouse may have to apply for a permit on other grounds and document his/her own funding.
Note about Dependent Support
Limited extra support for up to three dependents is provided. Be advised, however, that this sum is not sufficient to meet income requirements for family member residence permits. The grantee and/or his/her family member(s) should therefore be prepared to supplement the Fulbright grant with personal funds or proof of employment during the grant period.