Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
August 2023 - May 2024
Award Length
3 months, or 4 months, or 5 months, or 6 months, or 7 months, or 8 months, or 9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project designated by the host institution
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
The applicant can propose any of the listed activities

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teach and/or conduct research in an area of interest.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any institution of higher education or research in Norway.

Award Length and Period

Three to nine months

Awards may begin any time between August 2023 and May 2024. The last month of the award can be no later than August 2024. Awards are awarded in increments of whole months only.

Projects should not be planned for the summer months, unless there are very specific reasons for doing so (for example, the lifecycle of animals being studied). The necessity of summer activity should be addressed in the invitation letter. N.B. summer month projects should be proposed to take place in 2024. If research is planned during the summer of 2023, it must be part of a longer stay extending into the fall to be considered.

The requested award length must be justified and clearly outlined in the project statement as a timeline in chart form or as a list of planned activity broken down by month. A detailed project plan is especially important for proposed stays of an entire academic year.

Special Features

All U.S. awardees to Norway have two opportunities to gather as a group. The first is an orientation program held in Oslo in August. The second is a seminar in February during which awardees present on their projects followed by a weekend at a ski resort near Lillehammer. Domestic travel and lodging expenses for these gatherings are covered by the Fulbright Foundation. In addition, these expenses are covered for dependent family members of awardees for the seminar/ski weekend, which is a highlight of the Fulbright year.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English; proficiency in host language may be helpful, but is not required.

For research award activity, language fluency sufficient to complete the research project is required. Feasibility of conducting research must be demonstrated in the project statement.

Additional Qualification Information

Early career applicants who are currently working on a PhD must have a doctorate in hand by February 2023 to be eligible.

Please note that dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for a Fulbright grant to Norway. Applications will not be considered if the applicant is currently residing in Norway or will be residing in Norway during the year preceding the award.

Additional Comments

Candidates should clearly explain their reason for choosing to submit an application to Norway, e.g. specific institutions, contacts, resources, areas of research, or other specific factors that make Norway a particularly attractive destination.

Issues of feasibility should be addressed in the project statement. For research involving human subject data from Norway, this includes information about how approval for data access and/or collection will be obtained.

Applicants are encouraged to secure recommendation letters from individuals with different institutional affiliations.

Award Allowances

28,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) per month (approximately $3,300)  for stays of 3-9 months for teaching, research, and teaching/research scholars.

Please note, USD amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International travel for scholar only. Small allowance for excess baggage.

Additional Dependent Benefits

An additional monthly allowance of 2,000 NOK (approximately $250) per accompanying dependent per month is provided for up to three accompanying dependents. If two people in the same family receive Fulbright grants to Norway, no dependent allowance will be provided for additional family members.

The monthly stipend is sufficient to cover basic living costs in Norway for the grantee and up to three accompanying dependents.

Public primary and secondary schools are free in Norway for dependents. For more information about education in Norway, click here.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living
Housing costs can vary considerably depending on the type of place scholars rent, including whether or not they get access to researcher housing at their host university. For other costs of living, please see Consumption Research Norway’s reference budget for ordinary consumer expenditures. (https://www.oslomet.no/en/about/sifo/reference-budget)
Special Award Benefits

One-time grants of up to 2,000 NOK are available for scholars to use for grant-related travel in Norway or Europe.

Scholars are also eligible to participate in the Fulbright Intercountry Lecturing Program. The program provides opportunities for professional enrichment and cultural experience outside of Norway through short visits to give presentations in other participating European countries. Intercountry Lecturing travel is covered by the Fulbright commission and host institution in the country the scholar travels to.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Norway is an excellent place to teach and conduct research. With a strong public emphasis on education, the Norwegian education system includes a generously funded and publicly accessible system of higher education and research that is the backbone of Norwegian intellectual development, creativity and innovation.

The vast majority of higher education institutions in Norway are public and generally do not charge tuition. There is a single national admission process for undergraduate study at public colleges and universities as well as some private. In accordance with European standards, the years of study for a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree are three, two and three respectively. In-depth information about higher education in Norway can be found here.

Norwegian institutions of higher education and research offer many opportunities for international scholars to conduct research and teach. English is used almost as a second language in Norway, and the international environment in most research and higher education institutions means that competence in Norwegian is not a requirement for a successful short-term research or teaching visit.

In addition, The Research Council of Norway has identified a number of Centers of Excellence and Centers for Research-Based Innovation in various fields. The centers are affiliated with Norway's top universities and premier independent research institutes and may be of particular interest for Fulbright scholars. Scholars especially interested in efforts to strengthen quality in higher education may want to consider one of the Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education.

The academic year runs from mid-August to mid-December and mid-January to mid-June.

Early career applicants who are currently working on a PhD must have a doctorate in hand by February 2023 to be eligible.

Please note that dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for Fulbright grants to Norway.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

The US-Norway Fulbright Foundation is proud to have welcomed scholars in a variety of disciplines from the creative and performing arts to education to mathematics and natural sciences. Every scholar and every host situation is different, and we cannot guarantee an exact match, but we will be happy to try and connect potential applicants with relevant alumni.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.