autumn 2016
FSK-8005 Funding your research - 3 ECTS

Last changed 06.04.2017

Application deadline

Apply in Søknadsweb (application code 9303) by 1 June

PhD students at UiT appy for admission by registering for class in Studentweb by 1 Sept

Type of course


Admission requirements

PhD students or holders of a Norwegian master´s degree of five years or 3+ 2 years (or equivalent) may be admitted. Valid documentation is a statement from your institution that you are a registered PhD student, or a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. PhD students are exempt from semester fee.

If more than 20 applicants, priority will be given as follows:
1. Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT
2. Participants in the Associate Professor programme (Førstelektorprogrammet)
3. PhD candidates from other universities
4. People with a minimum of a Master´s degree (or equivalent), who have not been admitted to a PhD programme

Students in the final stages of their degree will be prioritised. Post Docs and researchers are welcome to apply.

The course will be cancelled if there are less than 10 applicants.

Course content

To continue a scientific career after completing a PhD degree, a research grant may be an option. A good idea is needed, but not enough. This course will give insight to the evaluation process, how to interpret a research call and academic and administrative requirements needed to write successful research proposals.

Objectives of the course


  • Knowledge about the research proposal evaluation process
  • Know the major sources for research grants
  • Know the different types of research applications (e.g. open calls, targeted calls)
  • Know the scientific requirements needed from the applicant and the application
  • Know the administrative requirements
  • Know common pitfalls
  • Know how much time is required for writing a proposal
  • know about funders requirements on open access to the research data and publications, and how to comply with those


  • how to interpret and answer an application  call
  • how to formulate a research proposal
  • how to set up a budget
  • how to make a data management plan

General knowledge:

  • Writing skills
  • How to optimise a CV
  • Give and receive constructive feedback in a group
  • Understand the ethics and science philosophy behind open science, and why open science is becoming a requirement in research proposals

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars, intensive course (four days). Two or three group meetings led by an experienced researcher will be held prior to the submission of an exam.


Written exam. Pass/Failed.

Work requirement: submit a draft of your own research proposal 10 days in advance. Two days of lectures and two days of seminar (minimum 80% participation is required in order to submit an exam).

Re-sit exam: No re-sit in this course.


Recommended reading/syllabus

The curriculum will be available on Fronter.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: FSK-8005