Norwegian Quota Scholarship Scheme

Norwegian Government
Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: 1 December (annual)
Study in:  Norway
Next course starts 2016

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The Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia under the Quota Scheme. The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return.

The Quota scheme normally includes courses at Master’s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees.

Host Institution(s):

See the list of participating institutions’ websites (PDF download).

Field(s) of study:

Please refer to the websites of participating Norwegian institutions for more information on programmes they offer under the Quota Scheme.

Target group:

The Quota Scheme is for certain developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Western Balkan, East Europe and Central Asia.   See the complete list of eligible countries.

No. of Scholarships:

Not specified.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. About 40 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion is waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study.   Students who stay in Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another country than their home country must repay their loan.

Normally, the financial support given will not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan or a combination of two programmes.


The Quota Scheme as a rule only enrolls students from institutions which have collaboration agreements with Norwegian universities or university colleges. Norwegian institutions usually do not admit free movers (individual applicants) to this scheme. Only in very special cases can free movers be considered.  To find out which institutions collaborate with Norwegian institutions, please refer to the websites of the Norwegian institutions.

To be eligible to apply for the Quota Scheme, you must be able to find your home country on this list.  You must apply directly from your home country and must have stayed at least one year in your home country directly prior to the planned course of study at the Norwegian university /university college.

All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications: Secondary school certificates or a minimum two years of higher education from their home country. Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.

Most of the study programmes offered under the Quota Scheme are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ between institutions and various study programmes. Please see the university /university college’s website for more details about language requirements.

Application instructions:

There will no new admissions for the Quota Scheme for the 2016/17 academic year.

All inquiries and applications should be sent directly to the International Office at the Norwegian Institution where you intend to study.  The deadline for applications for the Quota scheme is usually 1 December every year. Some courses and educational programmes may have other deadlines.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.  Please see the websites of each institution for detailed information about available courses, admission requirements and application procedures.


Official Scholarship Website:

Related Scholarships: List of  Norway Scholarships

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