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UiS Mobility Scholarship – Guidelines for Grant and Use

PhD students who are accepted at one of the UiS PhD programmes can apply for mobility scholarships to finance research visits at approved institutions abroad.

The mobility scheme includes all academic programmes at UiS, and the scholarship is calculated according to the Norwegian Research Councils rates for overseas research grants. The scholarship is intended to cover expenses in connection with settling abroad, as well as additional expenditures. Travel expenses should be covered by the student’s financial resources.

PhD students who submit complete application forms are guaranteed funding for three months, but may apply for extra funding (see below) for extended stays up to six months, or visits shorter than three months.

Application procedure
In order to apply, the candidate must fill out a standard application form and send it to the administrative PhD coordinator at their faculty. 

The intention of the mobility scheme is to help students who cannot obtain overseas research grants elsewhere. It is mandatory that you have tried to attain funding from external sources before applying for the UiS scholarship, and that you inform the faculty if you obtain external funding.

The application must contain:

  • Completed application form
  • Binding invitation from the host institution, confirming that you, upon arrival, will have a place to work and receive professional follow-up
  • Rejection from external funding source(s), or document showing that there are no relevant external funding sources

The main supervisor must sign the application and confirm that the overseas research stay will be an integrated and relevant part of your doctoral study.

Within one month upon returning from your research stay, the faculty must receive a report that briefly describes the academic value of the stay and the use of the scholarship. The report form will be sent to you.

Practical information
The student is responsible for all the practicalities related to the travel and research stay, like visa, place to stay, tickets etc.

The formal process
There is no fixed application deadline for the mobility scholarship. Applications should be submitted minimum three months prior to the research visit, and the payment is normally made within one month before the date of departure.

Additional funding
Applications for additional funding will be processed at the end of the budget year and are prioritized as follows:

  1. Extended stays beyond three months or stays shorter than three months (for students who are unable to go abroad for three months due to family or other social commitments)
  2. Application for incoming mobility to UiS (mainly for PhD students who are staying at an institution in a developing country that has a collaboration agreement with UiS)
  3. Travel expenses (can only be applied for if your annual capital equipment cost of 30 000 NOK is insufficient and your travel methods are as cheap as possible).

The Doctoral Committee at the faculty will consider applicants according to progress and relevance to the dissertation work.