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12 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
10 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

Grants will begin in August. Norwegian universities hold orientation programs in mid-August. A mandatory Fulbright orientation will be held for all grantees in August shortly after the university orientations.

Alternative project timelines are only acceptable for Ph.D. candidates who will be in Norway for less than 10 months.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Well-qualified candidates at all graduate 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 advanced courses or seminars. Issues of feasibility should be thoroughly addressed in the Statement of Grant Purpose. Examples include language barriers, access to equipment and/or datasets, institutional review board approval, and cultural sensitivities. NB 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; see special opportunities below.

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

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: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes

Affiliation

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 two locations. They are not sufficient to cover extensive in-country travel. 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. Host interest is a key factor in determining who will be awarded a grant. Applicants who clear the US 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.

Information on all Norwegian institutions of higher learning can be found at the website for The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

Applicants should also be aware that the Research Council of Norway has identified a number of Norwegian Centers of Excellence and Centers of Research-Based Innovation, in a variety of fields. See www.forskningsradet.no for more information.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Students who plan to pursue a degree should not expect admission to the degree program or institution prior to applying for a Fulbright grant and therefore are not expected to include a letter of admission with their applications. However, a letter with an evaluation/comment on the feasibility of the proposed project from the Norwegian host or hosts is still required. 

All candidates based at a Norwegian institution of higher education must eventually have an official affiliation. Students who plan to pursue degrees should apply formally to the Norwegian institution before its deadline.

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.

Ineligibility

Dual U.S./Norwegian citizens are not eligible for consideration.

In addition, candidates already living in Norway, including students who have commenced their studies at a Norwegian university, are not eligible for consideration.

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.

Dependents

Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.no

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Rena Levin