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Høst 2023

FSK-8005 Funding your research – why and how? - 3 stp

The course is administrated by

Norges fiskerihøgskole

Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Course contents

Funding your research is a course designed to provide PhDs, postdocs and researchers with basic skills in research proposal writing and an understanding of how proposals are evaluated. To continue in science after a PhD it is essential for researchers to master the challenge of securing funding for their research. This means that PhDs need a good understanding of where to apply for funding and how to write research proposals, as well as to understand which criteria are used for the proposal evaluation. This course is designed by researchers that have a broad experience in proposal writing and will share their knowledge and experience with the course participants.

The High North Academy’s philosophy is learning by doing, and to obtain the ECTS for this course PhD candidates need to work on the first draft of their own ‘real’ proposal. To be allowed to participate in the course, participants are asked to submit a one-page draft of their research idea, which they are going to develop into a research proposal during the course. The course starts with three days of lectures and practical exercises, followed by a month where participants are asked to work on their own proposal draft. The second part of the course is reserved for the oral presentations of all proposals, where a panel of experts provide instant feedback on each proposal. Every course participant will be asked to be an opponent for one of their peers` proposals. This feedback should be used to improve the final proposal draft that is submitted as home exam at the end of the course. The exam forms a solid basis for a future, real proposal.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9301

This course is aimed at PhD candidates from all scientific disciplines, but is open for postdoc fellows if seats are available. If PhD candidates aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss it with your supervisor.

PhD candidates from UiT and other universities in Norway may be admitted to the course. PhD candidates not registered at UiT must upload a document from their university, stating that there are registered PhD candidates. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Maximum 40 participants.

If more than 40 applicants, priority will be given as follows:

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies

Please contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course. 

The course will be cancelled if less than 10 participants.

Objective of the course



General competence:

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, practical exercises, and group work