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Research stay abroad - PhD

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Internationalization is important to NTNU and all PhD-candidates should be part of an international research community. This includes active participation in international conferences, publishing in respected international journals with peer review and cooperation with research groups in other countries.

Research stay abroad #

One form of internationalization can be research stays abroad during your PhD period. A research stay can be very useful, academically, personally and for networking, but it must be carefully planned. A research stay abroad can be demanding in terms of time and resources and you should therefore be aware of what added value you expect from the research stay. NTNU’s goal is that all PhD candidates should be part of an international research community, and that participation in international research visits are facilitated. (International Action Plan 2018-2021)

There are basically two types of long-term research stays abroad for PhD-candidates: Regular research stay and field work. These have different demands when it comes to preparation and follow-through. It is therefore important that you are clear about what your intentions are from the start to ensure a successful stay.

If you wish to go on a long-term research stay abroad, it is important to carefully consider where you should go and the purpose of the trip. Your supervisor may have contacts that can be useful and they can help you in the process. You also need to clarify the research stay with your employer ahead of time and apply for move of work-place (Norwegian web page). If you are not employed at NTNU, you should still alert NTNU of the length of your stay and what institution you are connected to abroad. This can be done in the yearly progress report.

Non-Norwegian citizens should contact their local HR-department well ahead of time as there may be additional considerations to be made. For instance, it is important to make sure that your residence permit in Norway is valid for your entire stay abroad so that you may return to NTNU without complications afterwards.

Funding #

When it comes to funding the research stay, this will depend on where you are employed, the terms of your employment,  where your PhD funding is from and so on. The Research Council of Norway has created a database for mobility funding that can be useful. This database includes mobility funding opportunities both from the Research Council itself and from other actors. There are also various funds and endowments that may offer travel scholarships for PhD-candidates. If you are employed with funding through the Research Council’s Independent projects programme (FRIPRO), you may apply for a personal overseas research grant from the Research Council through the project manager.

Some faculties and departments also have available funding that you can apply for.

Shorter trips abroad #

PhD-candidates employed at NTNU going on shorter trips abroad in connection with conference participation and so on, should follow the guidelines for making travel arrangements.

Useful links for research stays abroad #

Euraxess - outgoing researchers: Advice for outgoing researchers

NTNU’s pages for sabbaticals contain quite a bit of general information concerning research stays abroad and your rights and obligations concerning your employer

Faculty-specific information #

Faculty of Architecture and Design: The candidate develops a plan for research stays abroad together with their supervisor, including a funding plan

Faculty of Humanities: PhD research fellows may apply for funding through the Faculty's research grants (forskningsmidler) which are announced three times a year. In its norms for required duties (only available in Norwegian), the Faculty recommends that the departments grant PhD-candidates some reduction in their required duties in cases of long research stays abroad. This is a recommendation, it is not obligatory.

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences: Up to 6 ECTS may be approved as part of the compulsory coursework component for research stays lasting more than two consequtive weeks.

PhD - Faculty contacts #

See wiki page Phd - Faculty contacts.

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