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High North Fellowship Program

The High North Fellowship program offers scholarships to students from Canada, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US who attend an institution in Northern Norway as part of their higher education. The program is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Each fellowship recipient receives a monthly stipend of approximately NOK 9 440, and a travel grant of the same amount. Institutions of higher education in Norway do not charge tuition from international students, and the stipend is intended to cover housing and living expenses.

To be eligible for the High North Fellowship Program, you must be registered at a higher education institution in Canada, Japan, Russia, South Korea or the US. Your home institution should have an agreement of cooperation with the institution you wish to attend in Norway.
The program is mainly targeted at students at the Master and Bachelor level, but is also open to PhD students. Bachelor and Master students must take for-credit courses in Norway, while PhD students can come as research fellows. The scholarships are granted for one or two semesters, and recipients must stay for at least four months.
The High North Fellowship Program is directed towards studies that are relevant to the North, and only open to students within certain areas of study. Please see What can I study for more information.

The following Norwegian institutions participate in the Fellowship Program for the High North:
Harstad University College
Study areas: Travel and Tourism, Marketing, Health Sciences
Map of Harstad

Narvik University College
Study areas: Engineering, Business, Computer Science & Space Technology
Map of Narvik

Sami University College
Study areas: Sami and Indigenous studies
Map of Kautokeino

University of Nordland
Study areas: Business, Social Sciences, Biosciences & Aquaculture, Health Sciences
Map of Bodø

University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway
Study areas campus Tromsø: Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Technology, Biosciences, Fisheries, Economics, Health Sciences and Fine Arts.
Study areas campus Alta: Business, Social Work, Local and Regional Development, Arctic Nature Guiding
Map of Tromsø

The University Centre in Svalbard
Study areas: Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology
Map of Longyearbyen
Students who wish to be considered for the High North Fellowship must study at one of these institutions through an agreement with their home institution.

The following subjects is given priority in the program:
• Subjects related to natural resource management, including fisheries and aquaculture
• Subjects within technology, natural resources, environment, and social sciences relevant to the oil and gas sector
• Indigenous studies
• Subjects related to business development in the High North, including business administration and tourism
• Environmental studies
• Health
• High North relevant subjects within humanities and social sciences
• Other subjects with a special relevance to the High North
Please note that each institution will have a limited number of scholarships available, and that all institutions do not offer scholarships in all fields.
For an overview of courses offered in English, please follow the links below. Please note that the courses offered may vary from semester to semester, and contact the institution for updated information.

Application for the High North scholarship is done through the individual Norwegian institutions in the program.
• The scholarships are only available for certain areas of study. See What can I study for more information. You should contact your institution of choice in Norway to find out if they have scholarships available in the field you wish to study.
• Contact your home institution’s international office, to see if there are any cooperation agreements in place with that institution in Norway.
• Apply for admission as an exchange student (BA, MA) or research fellow (PhD) to the Norwegian institution that you would like to attend.
• Application deadlines vary, but most are in April/May for the following fall semester and in October/November for the following spring semester.
• The institution in Norway will review the applications and decide who receives the scholarships. Decisions are based on academic credentials.
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