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Personal Overseas Research Grants and extensions of fellowship periods for post-doctoral fellows funded by the Research Council

Overseas research grants for a research stay of minimum 3 and maximum 12 months and/or extensions of the fellowship period corresponding to the length of the stay (3–12 months) may be sought for post-doctoral fellows funded by the Research Council.

Personal overseas research grant Choose


Please note that only Norwegian institutions are eligible to apply for funding from this scheme.

Grant applications will be processed immediately after they are received. Applicants must therefore ensure that their application form has been fully completed before clicking “Submit”. It is not possible to reopen and revise an application once it has been submitted.



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

The grants are awarded as additional funding to projects receiving funding under Research Council activities and programmes. Thus the scheme does not have its own budget.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:

The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

Overseas research grants and extensions of the fellowship period are available to post-doctoral fellowship-holders affiliated with a project that has received a pledge for full or partial funding from the Research Council for a period of minimum 24 months.

  • The scheme applies to projects that have been awarded funding under a call for proposals with a deadline after 1 January 2017 and whose Project Owner is a Norwegian institution.

The Project Owner is to submit the grant application:

  • after the individual has been appointed to the position of post-doctoral research fellow and concrete plans for the research stay abroad have been drawn up;
  • at least three months prior to the research stay. Any exceptions must be justified.

Grant applications must describe how the research stay abroad will promote outgoing mobility.

What does the grant cover and how is it disbursed?

  • Personal Overseas Research Grants are available to post-doctoral fellowship-holders for a stay of minimum three and maximum 12 months. The stay abroad may be divided into shorter segments if the researcher has children of school age or younger, with up to one round-trip ticket home per two complete months for the duration of the stay.
  • The grant will be disbursed in monthly increments based on fixed rates

Grant applications will be assessed by the Research Council administration, and funding will normally be awarded if the application has satisfied the formal requirements stipulated in this call for proposals.

Extension of the post-doctoral fellowship period

In addition to an overseas research grant, it is possible to apply for an extension of the fellowship period for post-doctoral fellows corresponding to the length of the stay abroad (minimum three months, maximum 12 months). Applications for an extension of over six months will only be approved if the research stay abroad and the extension are included in the post-doctoral fellowship contract.

The Project Owner is to submit the application for the extension:

together with the application for a Personal Overseas Research Grant;

during the course of the research stay abroad; or after the stay has been concluded.

Applications for an extension must be submitted at least three months prior to the conclusion of the ordinary post-doctoral period. Exceptions must be justified.

Application requirements

The grant proposal must be based on and related to the main project.

Please note that: 

  • The Research Council does not award funding for post-doctoral research fellowships for a period of more than four years.
  • Section 2-3(3) of the Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident laid down by the Ministry of Education and Research sets limits for extensions of the contractual period for more than six months. 
  • It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the terms of employment for the post-doctoral research fellow (including duration) are in compliance with applicable legislation and regulations.