Research stay abroad

Normally, PhD candidates spend at least three months of study at a reputed foreign educational or research institution (PhD regulations § 4-2), where it is possible to work on research questions in the doctoral thesis. A stay at a corresponding Norwegian institution can substitute a research stay abroad if the stay is deemed relevant for the PhD project.

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 the research community, is 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 and contacts.

A research stay 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 research stay abroad in an English-speaking country will also give increased language competency, which will in turn benefit thesis writing.

There are many ways to fund a research stay. Some of the most common ways are through the Norwegian Research Council grant schemes, funding from the research project, or funding from the employer.

UiS also has a scholarship scheme for study abroad, available for candidates who cannot obtain funding from other sources. The mobility scheme covers all PhD candidates who are admitted to the University of Stavanger and the scholarships granted are in line with the Research Council of Norway's current tariff rates for overseas scholarships. The funds will be used to cover the initial set-up costs and additional expenses related to a research stay abroad. Read more about the mobility scheme in the Guidelines for Allocation and Use of Mobility Funds on the UiS website.

The Mobilty Portal on the intranet gives you more advice and guidance on how to plan your research stay abroad.