autumn 2019
FSK-8005 Funding your research - 3 ECTS

Last changed 26.02.2020

Application deadline

  • PhD students at UiT apply for admission in Studentweb by 1 September.
  • Other applicants apply for admission in Søknadsweb by 1 September. Application code 9305.


Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course. The course can be taken as a singular 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. PhD students must upload a document from their university stating that there are registered PhD students. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma. Applicants from listed countries must document proficiency in English. To find out if this applies to you see the following list:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

For more information on accepted English proficiency tests and scores, as well as exemptions from the English proficiency tests, please see the following document:

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies

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 proposal evaluation process, how to interpret a research call, and academic and administrative requirements needed to write successful research proposals.

Prior to the course, you are asked to submit a one-page draft of your research idea. The course starts with three days of lectures and practical exercises, followed by a month where you can work on your draft proposal with support from an experienced mentor. The two last course days are reserved for oral presentations of your proposals, which enables instant feedback from your peers before the submission of a final proposal draft (exam). You will also be the opponent of one of your peers¿ proposals. The exam forms a solid basis for a future, real proposal.

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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 your CV
  • Learn to give and receive constructive feedback in a group (peer-review)
  • 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 exercises, presentation of your own research proposal and evaluation of one of your peers¿ proposal (three + two days intensive course).

Deadline for pre-work submission:  Mid-October 2019

Course dates:  Three dates end of October and two dates end of November

Work with own research proposal: The weeks between course dates

Deadline exam: 6. December 2019 at 12.00


Home exam: A solid draft of a research proposal, maximum 10 pages. Grade: Pass/Fail.

Coursework requirement: A one-page draft of your own research proposal 10 working days in advance, oral presentation of own proposal and evaluation of another proposal. Minimum 80% participation on lectures, seminars and presentations is required in order to submit the exam.

Deadline for pre-work submission:  Mid-October 2019

Deadline exam: 6. December 2019 at 12.00

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


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: FSK-8005
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