Research stay abroad

Normally, PhD candidates should have a research stay abroad at a reputed foreign educational or research institution (PhD regulations § 7-3), where it is possible to work on research questions in the doctoral thesis. It is encouraged to include a stay abroad in the work plan at an early stage.

A research stay abroad primarily helps to establish and develop international research collaboration, and gives new impetus for work on the dissertation. It is therefore crucial that the research institution and relevant research community, be carefully selected in collaboration with the supervisor.

To increase the likelihood that the stay will be professionally useful and relevant, it should preferably be at an institution where the candidate, the supervisor, or the concerned academic department at the University of Stavanger already has established cooperation relations.

A research stint abroad may also be an advantage in the pursit of a future academic career. International experience may promote independence and enhance the chances to succeed in international arenas.

A research stint abroad can be quite demanding, but we strongly recommend it. A stay abroad guarantees new perspectives. Academic benefits aside, there are also significant personal benefits in terms of networking, language, culture and social interaction. Many researchers support that study abroad gives excellent opportunities for uninterrupted research. A study abroad stint in an English-speaking country will also give increased language competency, which will in turn benefit thesis writing.


More information on funding options, planning and all practicalities around a research visit abroad can be found here