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Masters Scholarships in Norway

One of the most beautiful and liveable countries in the world, Norway is also an increasingly popular destination for international students attracted by the free Masters on offer at Norwegian universities.

Even though you won’t have to pay any tuition fees if you study a Masters in Norway, you’ll still have to budget for your living costs in this notoriously expensive country. This page is an overview of the main Norway Masters scholarships, as well as details of financial support from the Norwegian Government that you may be eligible for.

You can also browse the Masters in Norway listed on our website or take a look at our guide to postgraduate study in Norway.

Masters scholarships for international students in Norway

The fact that there aren’t any tuition fees in Norway means that isn’t necessarily as much financial support for international postgraduates as there is in comparatively more expensive countries.

However, there are several Masters scholarships in Norway for international students. We’ve covered some of the main funding schemes below. There are also certain circumstances in which non-Norwegians could be eligible for financial support from the Norwegian Government – we’ve also explained when this might be the case.

American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers a selection of fellowships and grants to US students studying in the Norwegian language at a Norwegian university.

Fellowships are worth up to USD $23,000 and can be used to pursue a research project in Norway (or another Nordic country) for one year. The grants are worth up to USD $5,000 and are intended for three-month research projects or study visits.

In order to apply, you’ll need to submit a research proposal and personal statement, as well as three letters of recommendation. You’ll also have to provide proof of your proficiency in the Norwegian language. The deadline is at the beginning of November, with successful applicants announced in mid-April.

Please note that you can’t use ASF funding to study English-language programmes or for Norwegian language classes.

Find out more about American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants.

Fulbright Norway

The US-Norway Fulbright Foundation provides several grants for American students to study in Norway for 10 months, intended to cover living expenses during their stay in Norway.

You don’t need to be proficient in the Norwegian language unless your proposed course / research project demands it. However, some knowledge of Norwegian may be helpful for your application.

To apply for a Fulbright grant, you’ll need to provide an affiliation letter from a Norwegian university, showing that you’ve been accepted by an academic supervisor for your studies in Norway. In addition, you’ll need to provide the following documents:

  • A statement of grant purpose, explaining what your study plan is for your time in Norway
  • A personal statement describing your background and aspirations
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Academic transcripts

The application deadline is usually at the beginning of October.

Find out more about the Fulbright Norway grants.

Mobility Grant for Norwegian Language and Literature

If you’re currently studying a Masters (or PhD) in Norwegian Language / Norwegian Literature outside of Norway, you could apply for a mobility grant to help you complete a dissertation project in Norway for up to three months.

These grants provide travel expenses to Norway as well as a monthly living stipend of NOK 11,229 (€1,320).

You’ll need to contact a Norwegian university and tutor willing to supervise you, then prepare and submit an online application via Espresso (the Norwegian university application portal). The deadline is usually mid-March.

Find out more about Mobility Grants for Norwegian Language and Literature.

NORAM Scholarships

The Norway-America Association is an organisation that helps American students to study in Norway (and vice versa).

Its scholarship scheme is targeted at postgraduate study – both full degrees and exchange programmes. The grants are usually between NOK 10,000 and NOK 40,000 (€1,175-4,700), depending on the nature of the research project and the length of your stay in Norway. This is initially for one year, but you can apply for a second year if necessary.

You should apply online via the NORAM website, providing the following documents:

  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Academic transcripts
  • Estimated budget for your studies in Norway
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Letter of admission from your Norwegian university

The deadline for applications is at the beginning of April.

Find out more about NORAM scholarships for Americans in Norway.

Anglo-Norse Society

The Anglo-Norse Society’s Dame Gillian Brown Postgraduate Scholarship provides £2,000 for British students studying a postgraduate qualification in Norway in one of the following subject areas:

  • Norwegian Literature
  • Norwegian History
  • Norwegian Music
  • Translation Studies

You’ll need a 2.1 in your Bachelors degree. Application is via a form that can be downloaded from the Anglo-Norse Society website, with a deadline at the end of March.

Financial support from the Norwegian Government

In certain circumstances, international students may be eligible for financial support (Lånekassen) from the Norwegian Government for their Masters in Norway. These are the situations in which you may be able to apply for such support:

  • You’re a refugee
  • You’re married to a Norwegian citizen
  • You’re the family member of an EEA national who is resident in Norway for reasons other than education
  • You’ve been employed on a full-time basis in Norway for at least 24 months before you start your Masters
  • You’ve studied in Norway for at least three years before the start of your new course, and haven’t received any Lånekassen support

There are also circumstances in which EEA / EFTA nationals might be eligible for Lånekassen:

  • You’ll work for a minimum of 10 hours a week during your studies
  • You have a permanent right of residence in Norway

You can find out more about Lånekassen eligibility on the official website.

If you successfully apply for Lånekassen, you could receive up to NOK 126,357 (€12,830) per year as a combination of loans and grants.

For more information, please visit the Lånekassen website.

High North Scholarship

The High North Scholarship programme allows students from certain countries (the USA, Canada, Russia, South Korea and Japan) to spend one or two semesters at a university in Northern Norway.

You’ll need to be registered as a student at a university in your home country and studying a subject that is relevant to the High North (Indigenous Studies and Natural Resource Management are a couple of examples – this is a full list of suitable subject areas).

To apply, you should contact a university in Norway that participates in the High North Scholarship programme and ask if they have funding in your preferred area. You’ll also need to find out if your current university has a cooperation agreement with the Norwegian institution.

If successful, you’ll receive a monthly living stipend of NOK 9,440 (€960) along with travel expenses.

Find out more about High North Scholarships.

FindAMasters scholarships in Norway

Don’t forget that you can also apply for one of our own FindAMasters scholarships to help cover the cost of postgraduate study in Norway. There’s no catch, you just have to be beginning a Masters degree this year at a Norwegian university with courses listed at FindAMasters.com.

We’ve got one £5,000 scholarship up for grabs, plus four £500 scholarships. So, if you’ve found a Masters degree in Norway, why not register for scholarship news? We’ll be in touch about the application process soon!

Masters fees for international students in Norway

Good news: if you study at a public university, you won’t be charged Masters tuition fees in Norway, no matter where you’re from. This means that international students can study a Masters for free in Norway, which isn’t something that can be said for most countries around the world.

There are several private universities in Norway that do charge tuition fees, but at these institutions international students generally pay at the same rate as Norwegian nationals. Amounts vary greatly and could be as much as €10,000 per year.

You’ll usually have to pay a small semester fee, whichever kind of university attend. This will typically be between €30 and €60.

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Last updated - 03/11/2021

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