International Environment and Development studies
How to apply for a PhD at Noragric

Admission to the PhD programme at Noragric

Admission to the Programme is competitive and places are limited. In order to be considered for admission to the PhD Programme, an applicant must have a relevant Master’s Degree with a minimum overall GPA of B, an above average scholastic record in previous education, excellent facility in the English language, sufficient funding, and present a research proposal of high quality that falls within one of Noragric’s areas of concentration and expertise.

How to apply for a PhD at Noragric

There are two ways to apply for admission to the PhD programme at Noragric:

  1. Through an application to a vacant PhD position. These will be announced under vacancies on our website in January/February each year.

  2. Through submitting a complete application within April 1

Please also see the PhD Regulations for NMBU and the Supplemenatry regulations for Noragric

A complete application to the PhD Programme consists of the following:

  • Letter of Application outlining professional plans and ambitions and describing why the applicant is interested in the programme in International Environment and Development Studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including contact details of two references.
  • Certified Transcript of Grades/Marks for all previous university work. (The candidate shall have a strong academic background, with B or above as the average grade of the Master’s degree. The grade of the Master’s thesis shall also be B or above.)

  • Copies of relevant scientific publications.

  • IELTS Scores. Proficiency is demonstrated (if one’s mother tongue is not English, or the applicant has successfully completed Norwegian secondary education with English grade 5 or better) by a IELTS score of at least 7.0 or equivalent.
  • Project Proposal, a project description of max 4000 words presenting the research the applicant wishes to undertake for dissertation. It will include a short introduction to the topic, an exploration of the questions/hypotheses the research is intended to address, and a brief elucidation of the methodologies likely to be employed. If this research is to be conducted “in the field,” the description should note whether it will be undertaken in conjunction with an existing project or in cooperation with another institution. The research project should be written in an academic style, and be footnoted and include key references as appropriate.

  • Funding Plan and Proof of Funding. PhD studies require funding to meet both personal and research-related expenses.
    Acceptance of PhD candidates at Noragric requires external funding, as Noragric has no funds at its discretion to provide stipends, research grants, or extensions in the case of expiring grants. The applicant is responsible for securing the necessary funding. Funding sources may include: Norwegian Research Council scholarship, University Scholarship, NORAD or similar scholarships, project funding, home country/ home institute funds. Applicants holding a scholarship can only be accepted if adequate funds for field research, travel and other running costs have been secured. Applicants from collaborating institutions should preferably apply through the institutional agreement to secure funding.
    The minimum funding, in addition to living expenses, is 300.000 Norwegian Kroner for a three year PhD period. This amount does not include costs associated with travel expenses and fieldwork, which vary considerably with different types of research, and must be budgeted according to the needs in each PhD project.


Conditions: 1.)When applying, the applicant needs to provide a confirmation / guarantee for the coverage of the funds needed for costs of living and the funds to the department.

2. ) If admitted the funds to the department are invoiced upfront and placed on a closed account at Noragric.

 

Application deadlines

April 1st each year with study start in August/ September.

Published 31. October 2016 - 18:02 - Updated 5. September 2017 - 12:58