Post-doctoral research fellowships

The Research Council finances post-doctoral research fellowships in projects that we fund. The Project Owner is responsible for applying for this grant and employs the candidate in this position.

The post-doctoral fellowship position is funded for a period of two to four years. Candidates may not be granted funding from the Research Council for more than one period.

Who is eligible for post-doctoral research fellowships?

The Research Council primarily allocates funding for post-doctoral research positions at Norwegian universities and university colleges that are entitled to confer doctorates, cf.:

See: Regulations concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident.

Other research organisations (in the institute sector) may also be granted funding for post-doctoral fellowships, provided the applicant can document special needs for such a position.

To qualify for this funding, it must be permissible to employ personnel in temporary positions of this type under the legislation regulating employment contracts at the relevant institution (the Civil Service Act or the Working Environment Act), and the position in question must comply with the requirements set out in Section 1-2, paragraphs 1, 3, 5 and 7. The individual institutions must have assessed this before they submit a grant application to the Research Council.

What is a post-doctoral research fellowship?

Please note

  • The person to be appointed to the post-doctoral research fellowship position must have submitted his/her doctoral thesis before the institution can take the appointment decision.
  • The fellowship may not commence until the doctoral thesis has been formally presented, defended and approved.
  • A professional development plan must be drawn up for the post-doctoral fellowship period (see “Professional development plan for post-doctoral research fellows” below).
  • Fellowship-holders are expected to conduct a research stay abroad during their fellowship period. See the calls for Personal Overseas Research Grants.

The rates for post-doctoral research fellowships are to cover payroll and indirect expenses during the fellowship period, and a certain amount of additional funding may be available for documented extra costs.

Professional development plan for post-doctoral research fellows

If the entire fellowship period is to be spent abroad

If the entire fellowship period is to be spent at a university abroad, the fellowship-holder may apply for a Personal Overseas Research Grant for research stays of minimum three

months to maximum 12 months of the fellowship period, preferably applied to the first year.

The Overseas Research Grant may be used to cover costs for settling in and extra expenses incurred from living abroad based on fixed rates. The Research Council will not grant extra funding for travel or visits home.