The Kristine Bonnevie travel stipend
The Kristine Bonnevie travel stipend is a grant for female PhD students, postdocs and researchers employed at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. The grant is part of the gender equality efforts at the Faculty.
The aim of the grant is that the research period abroad should have a positive effect on the applicant’s research, academic career and network building.
The travel stipend presumes an uninterrupted stay abroad starting in 2018 and lasting 1-6 months. The stay must be relevant for the applicant’s academic and scientific development. The grant does not cover participation in international conferences and courses.
What does the travel stipend cover?
The grant covers documented costs of settling in abroad and associated extra costs incurred in connection with the research visit, based on fixed amounts. It is also possible to apply for funding to cover travel costs. It does not cover tuition fees, laboratory expenses and the like. The grant is disbursed as a travel advance and is exempt from tax to the extent that expenses are documented, but any excess amount will be liable to tax.
The value of the grant is 31 000 NOK maximum per month (family) and follows the RCN rates. Please see Grant guidelines (pdf) for details.
The application deadline for the Kristine Bonnevie travel stipend is 1 July.
The application should be sent to your own department, please contact your department regarding the internal deadline. The department forwards the applications and priority lists to Bjørg Mikalsen at the MN-faculty no later than 1 July. You can find the application form here (docx).
Applications will be reviewed by a committee at the faculty and the award decision will be made by the Deans. All applicants will be notified by email in October about the outcome.
How do I apply?
Fill in the application form (docx).
In addition to the information in the application form, the following documents should be attached:
- Plan for the stay (1-2 pages)
- Letter of recommendation from your supervisor or department indicating the positive effects a research period abroad will have for your academic career.
- Letter of invitation from the university or research institution you plan to visit.
Please send the application to your department. The department will forward the application to the faculty.
Eligibility and assessment criteria
Female PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers employed at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences are eligible to apply.
Assessment criteria include:
- Priority will be given to postdocs and researchers
- Employment period
2. Plan for the stay
Applicants must describe how the stay abroad will strengthen the candidate’s research project and academic career. Visits to previous employers or place of studies will not be supported.
3. Funding sources
Researchers eligible to apply for overseas research grants from other sources must document rejection of the proposal in order to receive a travel stipend from the faculty.
4. Other factors
All required attachments must be included in the application.
Candidates should in due time prior to departure (3-4 months) find out relevant rules and regulations pertaining to research stays abroad. Relevant regulations include taxation, the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (folketrygden) and health care rights. More information can be found on the UoO webpage regarding stays abroad.
Candidates should inform the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) of their stay abroad.
How to do this:
- Go to NAV’s website
- Choose the form Søknad om medlemskap i folketrygden under opphold utenfor Norge (Norwegian only)
- A copy of NAV's decision must be submitted to the personnel officer at your department prior to departure.
If you have any questions in connection with taxation, the national insurance scheme or health care rights, please contact HR at personalgruppen(at)mn.uio.no.
Payment of travel funds
Successful applicants can contact Elena Jakobsen in the faculty administration for a travel advance. You must complete the travel advance application form and also include a general budget for the travel and stay abroad. Find the form here.
A travel advance can be disbursed at the earliest one month prior to your departure.
After the stay abroad
Notify the tax authorities (skatteetaten.no) and your local NAV office of your return to Norway.
At the latest one month after your return, you must fill in a travel expenses claim form on paper showing the actual costs of the stay abroad. Documentation of expenses, i.e. the original receipts (vouchers) glued on separate pages, must be submitted together with the travel expenses claim form to Elena Jakobsen in the faculty administration.
Who was Kristine Bonnevie?
Kristine Bonnevie (1872-1948) was Norway’s first female professor, and she worked at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. She defended her doctoral thesis in 1906 and was appointed professor of zoology in 1912.
Professor Bonnevie was a pioneer in the field of genetics and cell biology. She conducted research into hereditary tendencies in fingerprint patterns; how they are formed and the relationship between gene and trait.
The Kristine Bonnevie stipend was established in honour of Kristine Bonnevie and is awarded annually to excellent female candidates at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.