Habitat Norway is a Norwegian non-governmental organization, established in 1988, with the overall aim to promote the interest and awareness of global urban challenges and settlement issues.
2 out of 4 grants to students of Noragric’s International Relations. What’s your secret?
“The process of developing the Master thesis topic begins early in our program - and that might have been an advantage for these students. It meant they were prepared when the call for applications to the grant was announced”, says Stuvøy.
She continues, “They also have useful language skills relevant to the specific context of their projects. They attended one of the elective courses in our Master program in International Relations (Global Transitions and the City) and used this to explore ideas for their Master thesis during their first year of study with us”.
For students and grant receivers Tore Øvstebø Næss and Elina Turbina, the grant could be the one factor that makes elements such as practical field work possible.
“This will be incredibly helpful with the expenses my fieldwork might have”, Turbina explains.
If the visa processing issues between Russia and Norway clear up, she will be going to Russia for her fieldwork.
Næss is planning to go to Brazil for his field work.
Turbina’s project focuses on the small Russian monotown Nikel, which is located right by the Norwegian border and has strong ties to its twinned town Kirkenes.
Writing applications for grants is an important part of an academic career. Stuvøy encourages other students to work on their application writing skills, and the NMBU Writing Center is accessible to students asking for advice on different kinds of writing assignments.
“You need to write a grant application and try your luck! The relevance of your project, the plans you have and how they are presented are important. You can learn how to write a good application – talk to your supervisor and try it!”