2013 Quota Scholarships are offered by Norwegian Government for Master’s and PhD Students of Developing Countries in Norway
About Scholarship: The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return. The Quota Scheme is also intended to strengthen relations between Norway and the selected countries and thus contribute to internationalization at Norwegian institutions of higher education. Most universities and university colleges in Norway participate in the Quota scheme. The institutions involved are allocated a certain number of students under the programme each year. The scheme normally includes courses at Master’s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees. Most of the Norwegian institutions offer courses and educational programmes in English.
Study Subjects: Any of the course offered by the university
Course Level: Master’s and PhD
Scholarship By: Norwegian government
Number of awards: The Quota Scheme currently provides funding for a total of 1,100 students.
Duration: Normally, the financial support given will not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan or a combination of two programmes. Part-time studies are not supported.
Cover: Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. 40 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion may be waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study. Students who stay in Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another country than their home country must repay the loan.
Eligibility: All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:
-Secondary school certificates
-Minimum two years of higher education from their home country
-Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.
-Most of the study programmes offered under the Quota Scheme are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English.
-students who come to Norway as self-financing students will, as a rule, not be considered as being qualified for the Quota Scheme.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Students of Developing Countries, Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia can apply.
Other Benefits: Travelling expenses for entry into Norway may be reimbursed (fixed price). Students can apply for one annual home visit if the educational programme lasts longer than one year and for financial support for travelling expenses for field work during the course of study. When the student returns home within 3 months after finishing his/her studies, the cost of travelling home is covered by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.
Apply: Please note that SIU cannot offer individual guidance to prospective students regarding choice of institution or course, or information about course contents. All inquiries should be directed to the International Office at the institution in question. Applications should be sent directly to the institutions and SIU is not responsible for received applications.
Deadline: 1 December each year
Further Information: http://siu.no/eng/Front-Page/Programme-information/Development-cooperation/Quota-Scheme