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ISS Scholarships

The ISS offers scholarships to applicants from certain countries. Competition for these scholarships is high and funds are limited, so the majority of scholarships awarded are partial scholarships. Only approximately 50 full scholarships are granted.

Applying for a scholarship

Application deadline:

February 1 

How to apply:

Apply online as a scholarship applicant, and remember to complete and upload our scholarship form with your application. In the scholarship form, you will be asked to specify the amount of money needed to participate.

What are we looking for?

To be a successful ISS scholarship recipient, you must demonstrate:

  • that your academic background is relevant to the course you apply for (see course descriptions for more information)
  • that your professional background is relevant to the course you apply for
  • your financial need

Who can apply for scholarships?

Asia, Oceania, Africa, Central America and South America

Bachelor's courses:

Yes, both full and partial scholarships are available ONLY for applicants who are enrolled at one of UiO's partner institutions in Central America and South America

Master's courses:

Yes, both full and partial scholarships are available

Notes:

Citizens from countries in Asia, Oceania, Africa, Central America or South America may apply for full or partial scholarships for Master's courses. Applicants must demonstrate that their academic and professional background are the same as the course they are applying for. For example, a person with an engineering degree will not be considered for a course in human rights or peace studies.

Applicants who are enrolled at one of UiO's partner institutions in Central America and South America may also apply for both full and partial scholarships for Master's courses.

Caucasus and Balkans

Bachelor's courses:

Yes, both full and partial scholarships are available

Master's courses:

Yes, both full and partial scholarships are available

Notes:

Applicants for full or partial scholarships must be citizens of a state in the Caucasus region (Azerbaijan, Armenia or Georgia), or citizens of the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro), or citizens of Albania.

Citizens of EU/EEA member states Slovenia and Croatia may apply for partial scholarships only. Exception: Rotary Young Friends Scholarship applicants.

Applicants may apply for one Master's course or up to three Bachelor's courses.

Former Soviet Union states

Bachelor's courses:

Yes, both full and partial scholarships are available

Master's courses:

Yes, both full and partial scholarships are available

Notes:

Applicants from the former Soviet Union, whose country is not a current EU member, may apply for both full and partial scholarships for both Master's and Bachelor's courses. Former Soviet Union states include Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

EU and EEA countries

Bachelor's courses:

Only partial scholarships are available

Master's courses:

Only partial scholarships are available

Notes:

Applicants from EU and EEA countries may apply for a limited number of partial scholarships, for both Master's and Bachelor's courses.

USA and Canada

Bachelor's courses:

Mostly partial scholarships are available

Master's courses:

Mostly partial scholarships are available

Notes:

A limited number of scholarships, which come mostly from donations and private scholarship funds, are available to citizens of USA and Canada who apply for Master's and Bachelor's courses. Only on-campus applicants can apply for scholarships.

The majority of scholarships awarded are partial scholarships, and students should be prepared to cover a substantial portion of the program fees. The scholarships do not cover travel costs, books/supplies or personal expenses.

Download our guide about ISS Scholarships and external scholarships or contact the ISS North American Branch Office for more information.

Scandinavian studies scholarships

Bachelor's courses:

Only partial scholarships are available

Master's courses:

No scholarships are available

Notes:

Applicants who study Scandinavian studies at their home university may apply for a partial scholarship for a relevant course at the ISS.

Applicants who have a strong reason to study in Norway may also apply for a scholarship (e.g. researchers/students who in their area focus on Scandinavian area studies, but are not themselves Scandinavianists).

Who CANNOT apply for scholarships awarded by the ISS?

  • Citizens of Nordic countries 
  • International applicants residing in Nordic countries who apply for Bachelor's courses
  • Applicants for Bachelor's courses from Asia, Oceania, and Africa
  • Citizens of EU and EEA countries who apply for full scholarships
  • Medical professionals applying for Norwegian language courses
  • Applicants to ISSN0110 Intensive Elementary Norwegian, Level I
  • Current and former University of Oslo students

Applicants with external funding

If part of your costs are being covered by a source other than the ISS (your employer, school, a private foundation or company, etc), you may still apply for a partial scholarship from the ISS. Please include this information in your scholarship form.

Published Nov 3, 2011 09:18 PM - Last modified Dec 22, 2014 12:42 PM