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Mobility Grant for Norwegian Language, Literature and Culture

Are you studying Norwegian language, literature or culture at Master or Ph.D. level? If so, you could be eligible for a grant.

The mobility grant is awarded for one-, two- or three-months’ fieldwork at a Norwegian university or research institute. It is a contribution to cover subsistence costs and travel costs to and from Norway. The grant is administered by the Norwegian Directorate of Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir). 

Here you can read about Anastasija from Serbia, who did her research in Bergen autumn 2022 thanks to the mobility grant. 

Who may apply?

You must be a Master and Ph.D.-student at higher education institution outside of Norway. Your home institution must have a Department for Nordic/Scandinavian studies, and you must have chosen Norwegian language, Norwegian literature, or Norwegian culture as topic for your thesis/dissertation. You must be a student at a department for Nordic/Scandinavian studies. 

If you are not a student at a Department of Nordic/Scandinavian studies, your application may still be considered if your thesis/dissertation has a clear focus on Norwegian language, literature or culture. Assessment of such application requires available funds. 

Application deadline: there is no active application available. 

The application form for the academic year 2025-2026 will be made available January 2025. All applications must be submitted online through HK-dirs digital application form Espresso. Applications by email will not be assessed. 

What does the grant cover?

The mobility grant is awarded as a fixed rate travel stipend and fixed rate residence stipend. The following fixed rates apply for the academic year 2025-2026:

Travel stipend:

  • NOK 3,000 for travel from countries in Europe
  • NOK 4,500 for travel from St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia
  • NOK 6,000 for travel from other cities in Russia, other Eurasia countries and countries outside of Europe

Residence stipend:

  • The stipend follows the rates set by The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund for basic support and is NOK 12 500 per month for the academic year 2023-2024.
  • The stipend is awarded for one, two or three months. 

Here you can read about Rajmund from Hungary, who did his research in Tromsø autumn 2020. 

How to apply?

1. Download and read the Guidelines for the Mobility grant for language, literature and culture in English or Norwegian. The guideline is available for download in English and Norwegian below:

2. Prepare a project description and contact a lecturer/researcher in Norway, specializing in your chosen subject area, and who may consider guiding you during your stay. 

3. Inquire about a letter of support from your supervisor at your home insitution, and an invitation letter from your host institution in Norway.

3. Fill out the online application form in Espresso. Your application can be written in English or Norwegian.

4. Remember to attatch the mandatory attatchments to your online application. 

  • a recommendation letter from the home institution tutor
  • a personal invitation letter from the Norwegian institution
  • a copy of your passport

5. Submit the application before the deadline.

All applications will be assessed internally in HK-dir and processed by the Program Committee for Norwegian Studies Abroad. During the assessment the project's relevance, design and implementation are assessed.

We aim to finalise the assessment process in late April 2024 and all applicants will be informed of the outcome of the process by email.

Other practical information

Recipients of the mobility grant are responsible for obtaining housing during their stay in Norway. HK-dir does not provide housing. 

Grant recipients who need a visa to enter Norway should apply for this as soon as possible at their nearest Norwegian embassy our consulate. HK-dir cannot pay out the grant if a visa to enter Norway is rejected. 


Do you have questions concerning the application process? 
You may contact HK-dir at