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Funding of long research trips

Depending on their needs, doctoral and post-doctoral fellows may be awarded funding for a long research trip in the course of their fellowship period. Application deadlines 1 December and 1 June.

By a long research trip is meant a trip lasting a minimum of 1 month and a maximum of 6 months, the cost of which is greater than the annual working capital grant to cover running costs (currently NOK 20 000 per year). A grant for a long trip of this nature is intended as an advance to cover the travel and additional expenses in connection with staying outside one’s home place, and is additional to the aforementioned running costs grant.

The grants are announced twice a year, with application deadlines 1 December and 1 June.

Research fellows have first priority. The grants are awarded on the basis of the academic justification the applicant gives for the trip, his or her supervisor’s statement, any other grants awarded and after an overall assessment of applications received. The allocation of funding is dependent on the budget. Research Council fellows should apply to the NRC. See Scholarships abroad for FRIHUM fellows (NRC: Free project support for humanities disciplines).


The application should consist of the following:

  • completed and signed application form (rtf)
  • academic justification for the trip
  • the supervisor’s statement on needs and choice of place as they relate to the doctoral project, and of the time chosen for the trip in relation to the progression of the doctoral work.
  • invitation, if any, from a research institution abroad.

Internal mail: Faculty of Humanities, PO Box 1079



Criteria for awarding grants

A. Grants for long research trips are awarded in order of priority to:

  • research fellows who need to spend time abroad or elsewhere in Norway to collect data and research sources (field work)
  • research fellows who need to travel to another place in order to have contact with their supervisor
  • research fellows who seek academic stimulation in a different research environment

B. Fellows who have not previously received such support may receive priority.

C. Grants for travel and living expenses are not normally made for accompanying family.

Guidelines for awarding of grants

  • Travel: Return ticket by the most reasonable means possible. Grants for use of a car are made as though for a train ticket.
  • Accommodation and subsistence: Real additional costs of up to NOK 3 000 per week for up to 26 weeks.


The faculty requests a brief report on how the money was used within one month of completion of the trip. Accounts showing how the money was used are not required. Information should be provided on the usefulness of the trip, the host institution, if any, and any contacts that were established.

After the grant is awarded

Funding for travel and accommodation and subsistence expenses is transferred to the institute and administered there. Accommodation and subsistence expenses are paid out as a research grant a short time before the travel takes place. A form for payment and of salary and fees must be completed and submitted to the institute administration one month at the latest before travel.

The accommodation and subsistence grant is intended to cover additional expenses in connection with the research stay. This means that neither advance tax nor employer's contribution to social security expenses is deducted from the amount. Because the amount is regarded as compensation for expenses, any surplus will be taxed. Accounts and receipts showing how the money was used must be appended to your tax return. If you wish to claim a special deduction in your tax return for a deficit on support for travel for academic and research purposes, you must make sure to collect the necessary vouchers as documentation for your claim.

You yourself must contact NAV International and arrange for insurance (of your own initiative and for your own account).

In the event that the trip does not take place, the faculty must be informed. Money that has been paid out but not spent must be returned to the faculty.

Application form (rtf)

Published Dec. 21, 2020 10:23 AM