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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts. Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor or administrator at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award, you will need to apply through

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country. Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


12 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
August Start
Grant Length
6-10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

Academic year grants for graduate level students (including those in doctoral programs) for study and/or research in Norway.

Grant Length
6-10 Months
Grant Period
August Start

Grant Length: 10 months.

Grants normally begin in August. Projects may start before August 2025 only if necessary for completion of the proposed research, e.g. ecological samples that have to be collected during the summer. The necessity of starting a project before August must be confirmed in the letter of invitation.

Shorter project timelines may be acceptable for Ph.D. candidates who want to be in Norway for less than 10 months.

In-Country Orientation

A mandatory Fulbright orientation will be held for all grantees in mid-late August. The Foundation will pay travel expenses for grantees located in cities other than Oslo.

Grantees are also encouraged to participate in orientation at their host universities.

Candidate Profile

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.

Proposals are welcome from candidates in all disciplines.

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 tuition, academic conferences, translators, lab fees, equipment, supplies, or travel for fieldwork.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Norway is an excellent place to live, study, and conduct research. With a strong public emphasis on knowledge and learning, Norway's generously funded and publicly accessible system of higher education and research is the backbone of Norwegian intellectual development, creativity, and innovation. A good introduction to Norway can be found here. In addition, Statistics Norway has a wealth of information in English on many topics.

The vast majority of higher education institutions in Norway are public. There is a single national admissions process for undergraduate study at public colleges and universities as well as some private institutions. In accordance with European standards the years of study for a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree are three, two and three respectively. In-depth information about higher education in Norway can be found here.

Norwegian institutions of higher education and research offer many opportunities for international students to take classes and conduct research. English is used almost as a second language in Norway, and the international environment in most research and higher education institutions means that competence in Norwegian is not a requirement.

In addition, The Research Council of Norway has designated a number of Centers of Excellence and Centers for Research-Based Innovation in various fields. The centers are affiliated with Norway's top universities and premier independent research institutes and may be of particular interest.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
5 Months
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible
Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
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.

If the project will incur costs beyond the basic living expenses covered by Fulbright such as fieldwork, studio fees, or lab supplies, provide an explanation of how those expenses will be covered.

Letters of recommendation may not come from the proposed Norwegian host institution.

Please note that all application materials, including letters of affiliation, must be submitted by the application deadline. Materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Norwegian language proficiency is not required, unless necessary for successful completion of the proposed project.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter required for independent study or research at deadline
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
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, translation services, 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, not an administrator or head of department (unless that person would be working with you directly in an academic capacity). 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.

For candidates in the arts, hosts should indicate they will be actively involved in the proposed project, as well as plans for connection with the community prior to a final product such as a concert or exhibit.


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).

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition covered in grant benefits

Norway started charging tuition at public universities for students from outside the EU region in the fall of 2023, but has granted an exemption for Fulbright grantees. This exemption includes Fulbright grantees who enroll in full master’s degree programs.

With the exception of a nominal semester 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.

Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

17,000 monthly stipend amount in
kr [Norwegian Krone]

PhD level students, i.e. those who will have earned a master's degree prior to coming to Norway, will get an additional 2,000 Norwegian krone per month.

One-Time Allowances

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

11,000 in
kr [Norwegian Krone]
  • Excess baggage fees

An excess baggage fee of 500 Norwegian krone will be paid upon arrival in Norway, and another 500 krone upon departure.

In addition, a 10,000 Norwegian krone relocation allowance is provided to help offset expenses related to moving to Norway which may be incurred prior to leaving the U.S.

Additional Grant Benefits
  • Mid-year seminar

All U.S. grantees participate in a seminar in February during which grantees present on their projects. This is followed by a weekend at a ski resort near Lillehammer. Domestic travel and lodging expenses for the seminar and ski weekend are covered by the Fulbright Foundation. These expenses are also covered for dependent family members of grantees. The seminar/ski weekend is a highlight of the Fulbright year.

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

The cost of living in Norway is relatively high, but the Fulbright stipend is sufficient for covering basic living expenses and exceeds what is required by immigration authorities.

The Norwegian National Institute for Consumer Research maintains a standard Reference Budget for Consumer Expenditures which allows you to calculate estimated expenses:

Dependent financial support is available

An additional monthly allowance of 2,000 Norwegian krone per accompanying dependent per month is provided for up to three accompanying dependents.

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/partner may have to apply for a permit on other grounds and document their own funding.

Housing Arrangements

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.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
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 their family member(s) should therefore be prepared to supplement the Fulbright grant with personal funds or proof of employment during the grant period. 

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Rena Levin:
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