Fieldwork

Students admitted to the master’s degree programme in human geography can apply to the department for funding to partly cover expenses for fieldwork in Norway and abroad in connection to their master thesis projects.

 

How to apply for fieldwork abroad

Students on the master’s degree programme in human geography can apply to the department for funding to partly cover expenses for fieldwork abroad.

What can you get funding for?

The fieldwork period must have a duration of four to eight weeks. Funding is not given for fieldwork already completed. In order to be eligible for funding, students need to present an application/project description of high academic standard, demonstrating as well the feasibiity of the planned fieldwork. In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be ranked according to these two criteria. The budget available will determine the number of applications granted.

Fieldwork funding can only be used to cover travel and accommodation expenses. The funding you receive cannot be used to cover food expenses (subsistence) or purchases of audio-visual equipment.

Applicants are obliged to specify whether they are applying for or have been granted funding from other scholarships.

All students undertaking fieldwork must have valid travel insurance, and must comply with any official travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The application

The submission deadline is 7 April.

The application/project description must contain:
1. Research question
2. Method
3. Theory 
4. Budget
5. Schedule of work
6. Name of supervisor
7. Reference list

The application must not exceed 8 pages (in total), and must be submitted to the student adviser.

For your security

It is important that you complete UiO’s self-declaration form for studies abroad (Egenerklæring om studieopphold i utlandet) so that we can provide help if necessary when you are abroad. Funding will not be given by the Department unless the statement has been submitted.

 

How to apply for fieldwork in Norway

Students on the master’s degree programme in human geography can apply to the department for funding to partly cover housing expenses for fieldwork within Norway.

What can you get funding for?

The fieldwork must have a duration of two and eight weeks. Funding is not given for fieldwork already completed. In order to be eligible for funding, students need to present an application/project description of high academic standard, demonstrating as well the feasibiity of the planned fieldwork. In the event of a large number of applicants, applications will be ranked according to these two criteria. The budget available will determine the number of applications granted..

The fieldwork funding can only be used to cover accommodation expenses. The funding you receive cannot be used to cover food expenses (subsistence), travel expenses or purchases of audio-visual equipment.

Applicants are obliged to specify whether they are applying for or have been granted funding from other scholarships.

All students undertaking fieldwork must have valid travel insurance.

The application

The submission deadline is 1 June.

The application must contain:
1. Research question
2. Method
3. Theory 
4. Budget
5. Schedule of work
6. Name of supervisor
7. Reference list

The application must not exceed 8 pages (in total), and must be submitted to the student adviser.

 

How disbursements are made

Fieldwork funding from the Department of Sociology and Human Geography is not paid in advance. Funding is provided once you have documented the expenses you have incurred in connection with your fieldwork. Make sure to keep all receipts from the expenses eligible for funding.

In order to receive the funding awarded, you must:

  • Complete the form Expense Refund (eng) or skjema for utbetaling av lønn og honorar (nor). 
  • enclose original receipts stapled to a white sheet of A4 paper
  • enclose a copy of the letter of award
  • enclose a copy of the letter of award
  • document previous disbursements of funding (only applies to the second reimbursement claim where funding is split)
  • Airline ticket stubs (if reimbursed airline ticket before leaving)

The funding can be split into a maximum of two disbursements (reimbursement claims). This means that if you have incurred expenses before departing (e.g. flight ticket) to do the field work, you can submit a reimbursement claim before leaving. When the fieldwork is completed, you can submit a reimbursement claim for the remaining expenses you have incurred, up to the awarded amount. If the disbursements are split, you need to enclose documentation showing how much you have previously been paid (e.g. bank statement).

The fieldwork funding can only be used to cover travel and accommodation expenses. The funding you receive cannot be used to cover food expenses (subsistence) or purchases of audio-visual equipment.

The reimbursement claim must be submitted no later than 25 November in the year of award, and no later than one month after completing the fieldwork/your return to Norway. Unused funding after 25 November in the year of award will not be disbursed.

Norwegian students abroad can apply for funding from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund

Please visit Lånekassen for more information.

Important information

Fieldwork must be carried out in a professional manner and with maximum personal safety.

The following requirements apply for approval of fieldwork destinations:

  • The destination must be relevant to the research question studied.
  • The destination must not be located in a region or country that the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Norwegian Institute of Public Health have advised against travelling to. See the Ministry’s web page on travel advice.
  • Students are obliged to read UiO’s advice on safety when abroad and the brochure Safety abroad.
  • UiO’s web pages on studies abroad also contain some useful information on travelling.
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