Sponsorship for organizing PhD courses

NFIF supports the organization of digital PhD courses for NFIF members with up to 54 000 NOK. Supervisors organizing such a relevant course should read the guidelines and requirements below before applying for support.

Guidelines and requirements for NFIF PhD-courses

  1. Guidelines for student working load per study point.
    NFIF uses the ECTS guidelines for determination of student work hours per study point for all PhD-courses. ECTS recommend that 1 STP should correspond to 25-30 hours of work for a student based on 9 hours working days, 5 days a week. The total working load should include lectures, seminars, pre- and post-work of lectures and seminars, laboratory exercises, reports, project work, self-study, preparations for exams, and the exam (see examples below). When a NFIF course is announced, the distribution of the total working hours should be indicated.
  2. Format of courses.
    PhD courses in NFIF should normally consist of two parts:
    Part 1: The part where lectures and tutors are interacting with the students as a class (lectures, practical, seminars etc).
    Part 2: Project work, literature review, etc., carried out individually – closely related to Part 1. This could include both preparation work and work after the lectures.
    In order to qualify as a national course and to reduce the costs for travel and accommodation, Part 1 of the course should be held intensively in no more than two sessions.
  3. Evaluation of the student performance for the course.
    Students should normally be tested in the curriculum through a written or oral exam. The evaluation should be in the form of passes/not passed.
  4. Salary for lecturers employed by NFIF partner institutions will not be covered.
    NFIF does not cover salary for lecturers employed by a NFIF partner institutions. This is expected to be the individual partner institution's contribution. The budget and the funding plan should show how the institution plans to contribute to the course. (i.e. lecture hours).

Additional information and guidelines decided by the NFIF Board

  1. Classfronter (Fronter) is chosen as the electronic learning platform for NFIF courses. Fronter for the individual courses will be maintained jointly by the NFIF secretariat and course staff at the responsible institution to ensure a common profile and standard.
  2. NFIF PhD courses will be open to participants outside NFIF, including PhD students of the Nordic network of graduate schools. Where there is a limitation in number of participants, we should try to reserve 75 % for NFIF students.
  3. Where relevant, NFIF encourages that courses take advantage of expertise in the field from more than one of the NFIF member groups and institutions. Inter-institutional initiatives will be judged positively in the selection of courses, and NFIF reserves the rights to suggest merging of initiatives where this is relevant.
  4. The board will take the final decision on which courses will be supported.
  5. Dependent on the cost of each course, the budget allows for supporting 2-3 new courses annually. We foresee that NFIF will be able to support more than 10 courses in total, including costs for preparation and a biannual periodicity.

How to apply

Deadlines for sending an application

Autumn semester courses: Open call, continuous evaluation of applications.

Note that since NFIF will close down in June 2021, courses should be programmed to be held prior to 30 June 2021.


Send an application to the NFIF administration including:

1. Application letter including background for the application, how often will the course be given, lecturers, the expected date for the course (incl. information about internal deadlines for course approvals at your academic institutions)

2. Detailed course content and structure (as much as possible at the time of the application)

3. Budget plan


Published Mar. 15, 2019 2:07 PM - Last modified Aug. 5, 2020 3:00 PM