As a PhD student at USN, you have the opportunity to take part of your PhD abroad with one of our international partners. The period abroad must be of professional relevance, and ideally, you should use the network with which your research group has an established cooperation.
International mobility will often require some extra work, and it will not always be easy to find the appropriate time. Still, it will afford perspectives, networks and experiences you do not obtain at home, and of course increased language skills. Additionally, you will be able to add new impulses to the academic environment at USN. A research stay abroad will primarily help establish and further develop international research cooperation, and it will give new impetus to the work of the dissertation. It is therefore important that the visiting institution and the current research community are chosen carefully, and in cooperation with the supervisor. Currently, USN are developing good exchange arrangements with relevant agreements for the PhD programs at all faculties.
Some of USN's PhD students choose to go to institutions the university does not have an agreement with. If you choose to do so, you are responsible for all the preparation of the stay. The program administrator for your PhD program must approve it.
Who does what?
The supervisor and/or research groups have good international networks that the PhD candidates should make use of. They should also be able to convey direct contact with relevant professionals or academic environments. The contact concerning the mobility should take place between professors at the institutions, but the Section for Internationalization will help in the formalization of if needed.
If the PhD candidate has chosen an institution USN has no agreement with, it is the PhD candidate who must make the contact, with the support of his/her supervisor.
The PhD coordinator must be kept up-to-date on the process, and know the purpose and time perspective of the stay abroad. The coordinator is responsible for updating the Educational Plan. A Learning Agreement must signed, which will clarify the academic arrangement of the stay.
Most international mobility programs, especially for shorter duration, must be funded through your own funds.
Check with your faculty if they have funds for PhD mobility you can apply for. The faculty's PhD coordinator may be able to assist you with information here.
NFR’s scholarship base gives you a brief presentation of mobility grants from the Research Council or other agencies. You get short information about who can apply, what to apply for and how much support you can receive.
- If the bilateral agreement between the two institutions includes mobility at PhD level, PhD students may use the Erasmus+ Student Mobility Program. This will apply to mobility for a minimum of 3 months. If you are going on a shorter stay, you have the possibility to use the Erasmus+ Teacher Mobility Program, which entails at least 8 hours of teaching a week at the partner institution. We refer you to our intranet for application procedures.
- Marie Curie - Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) are wage and mobility funds for researchers who want to promote their career with a stay abroad. MSCA is open to all disciplines, has no thematic priorities and requires mobility.
- The organizations Fulbright and NORAM offer scholarships to researchers, PhD and master students who pursue a longer stay abroad at a North American institution. Note that the application deadlines are in the autumn semester the year before you leave so you need to plan ahead.
- In "Legathåndboken" you will find an overview of a number of opportunities for scholarships and scholarships for study abroad. For example, search for international, education, research or special scholarships / legends related to your home location. Any tuition fees must be paid by the student himself/herself. This guide is only in Norwegian.
Tax exemption for stays in the United States
You are invited to conduct research and / or teaching by a university or other recognized educational institution
The invitation must be real and have a official quality
It must be stated that the invitation entails certain obligations of the host institution and that it contains a specification fo the research and/or teaching areas the PhD student will work on
Visa if applicable
Norwegian PhD fellows in the United States can be granted up to 2 years tax exemption. The exemption may be granted under the following conditions:
It is a prerequisite that it is research and / or teaching at a certain level. In this connection, PhD fellow students have generally been accepted as researchers.
Checklist for a stay abroad
Besides the academic program, you will need to fix the most important things ahead:
As a PhD student, you may need special arrangements regarding practical preparation, such as housing, possibly kindergarten and/or school arrangements if traveling with family. Some of USN's partners will have an infrastructure to take care of this, but the vast majority are based on international students and research candidates arranging this privately. However, most people will have a contact at the institution who can support you in the process.
International Relations Section can assist you in finding the right contact person at the host institution.
If you are traveling for a shorter period (less than 3 months), it is likely that the host universities do not have housing available in many cases and you will have to arrange housing privately.