Research Stays Abroad

The purpose of research stays abroad is to enable researchers, doctoral and post-doctoral research fellows to conduct a research stay in another country.

The funding is granted to an approved Norwegian research organisation and may be allocated as part of a larger Research Council-funded project or independently of other funding from the Research Council.

For doctoral and post-doctoral fellows working in larger Research Council-funded projects, there is a separate scheme for research stays abroad (opens in separate tab). Funding is only provided for research stays abroad lasting from three to 12 months. The research stay abroad may be divided into shorter segments, with each segment lasting at least three months.

The requirements set out in the call for proposals will determine what is required from the grant application.

Expenses covered

The funding from the Research Council is to cover costs of settling in and other extra costs in connection with the research stay. Funding is disbursed to the research organisation with which the researcher or fellowship holder is associated, and the research organisation decides which costs are to be covered in connection with the research stay abroad. Additional costs that exceed the lump sum and travel costs must be covered by the research organisation.

Rates for research stays abroad (the rates apply for 2021):

  • Single: NOK 20 000 per month
  • Family: NOK 36 000 per month

In addition, the research organisation may apply for funding to cover one round-trip travel costs (cheapest mode of travel).

For the researcher/the fellowship-holder's family, the following applies:

  • A family is defined as a fellowship-holder/researcher accompanied by a spouse, common-law partner or registered partner and any children. A common-law partner is a person with whom the fellowship-holder/researcher has lived in a marriage-like relationship for the past two years or shares a common address.
  • Applicants may seek funding to cover travel costs for a spouse/partner and children under the age of 18, provided that the research stay funding has been awarded for at least three months.
  • The family members must reside together with the fellowship-holder/researcher for close to or the entire research stay abroad. The Research Council does not cover travel costs for visits by family members.

It is possible to apply for funding to cover visa expenses and documented tuition costs. We do not cover bench fees.

Costs related to the research stay abroad must be entered under “Other operating expenses” in the budget information in the application form.

Disbursement of funding

It is the Project Owner (organisation) that applies for and is the recipient of funding awarded by the Research Council for a research stay abroad. The Project Owner is responsible for ensuring that the funding is used in accordance with the terms and conditions of the funding allocation.

The actual costs associated with the research stay are to be specified in the final accounts that accompany the final report. Funding that has not been used for the research stay abroad must be repaid in connection with final reporting.

Rules for research stays abroad for fellowship positions

  • Academic personnel in a research fellowship position must conclude their research stay abroad by at the latest three months before the end of the research fellowship period.
  • It is possible to apply for funding to cover documented tuition costs for fellowship-holders taking part in programmes at universities outside Norway.
  • The Research Council does not provide any documentation for visa applications.
  • For research fellows with a registered address in Norway who spend all or parts of their research fellowship period abroad, The Project Owner, which is a research organisation, can apply for funding for stays abroad for up to 12 months. This also applies to doctoral research fellows who are staying and taking their degree at a foreign degree-conferring institution.
  • The stay abroad may be divided into shorter segments of minimum three consecutive months each, provided that the funding is sought as an overall amount in a single application. An explanation for dividing the stay into shorter segments must be provided in the project description.

For research fellows with a registered address in Norway who spend all or parts of their research fellowship period abroad, The Project Owner, which is an research organisation, can apply for funding for stays abroad for up to 12 months. This also applies to doctoral research fellows who are staying and taking their degree at a foreign degree-conferring institution.

Cases when funding for research stays abroad will not be granted

At the time of submission of the grant application, applicants must not have studied or worked for more than 12 months over the past three years in the country where the international host institution is located. Exceptions may be made to this rule if the international host institution has equipment, facilities and expertise that are not available in Norway or other countries that would be appropriate for a researcher stay.

Funding for research stays may not be used for research visits to Svalbard.