13 Norwegian Government Quota Scholarships for Undergraduate, Masters and PhD Students from Developing Countries

Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Quota Scheme

Course(s) Offered: Any field or program
Course Level: Undergraduate (Bachelors), Graduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: Norwegian Government
Country to Study in: Norway

Scholarship Description
The Norwegian government, via the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, provides scholarships for students from developing countries and countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the Quota Scheme.

The main objective of the Norwegian Government Quota Scholarship Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return. The Scheme is also intended to strengthen relations between Norway and the selected countries and thus contribute to internationalization at Norwegian institutions of higher education.

Most universities and university colleges in Norway participate in the Quota scheme. The institutions involved are allocated a certain number of students under the programme each year. The scheme normally includes courses at Master’s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees. Most of the Norwegian institutions offer courses and educational programmes in English.

Norwegian Government Quota Scheme
If you wish to participate in the Norwegian Government Quota Scholarship Scheme:
  • you must apply directly from your home country.
  • You 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.
  • To be eligible to apply for the Quota Scheme, you must be able to find your home country on the list below.
Selection criteria:
All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:
  • Secondary school certificates
  • Minimum two years of higher education from their home country
  • Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.
You may want to see the complete eligibility requirements.

Eligible groups
Citizens of the following 'List of Eligible Developing Countries (2011-2014)':
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Djibouti, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall islands, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, São Tomé & Príncipe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tchad, Thailand, The Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire), Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Yemen.

Countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia:
Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

The Quota Scheme is for certain developing countries that are on the DAC-list issued by OECD, and students from the category of “lower middle-income countries” and under are eligible. Additionally, the scheme accepts students from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Palestinian students from the Palestinian Authorities. See the complete list of eligible countries (PDF).

Participating Institution(s)
Universities and university colleges in Norway i.e. selected state colleges, universities, and institutions. See sites of College and Universities offering the Quota Scheme (PDF).

Fields of study
Any accredited academic program offered at eligible Norwegian colleges, universities, and institutions.

Students usually apply for degree programmes that serve as a continuation of their studies in their home country or for courses which can be a joint part of a degree programme in their home country (joint degree or sandwich programmes).

Most of the programmes offered are at Master’s or PhD level, but the Quota Scheme also offers certain Bachelor’s study programmes. Please refer to websites of the Norwegian institutions.

Number of awards
Provides funding for a total of 1,100 students, 800 of them from developing countries in the South and 300 from countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.

Sponsorship duration
Normally, the financial support given will not exceed a time span of four (4) years for one definite study plan or a combination of two programmes.

Scholarship benefits
Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. 40 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion may be 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 other than their home country must repay the loan. Travelling expenses for entry into Norway may be reimbursed (fixed price).

Students can apply for one annual home visit if the educational programme lasts more than one year, as well as financial support for travelling expenses for field work during the course of study. When the student returns home within 3 months after finishing the course, the cost of travelling home is covered by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

Related: Tuition Free Universities in Norway for International Students

Method of Application
Applications forms are available from the websites of the universities and university colleges. All applications should be sent directly to the International Office at the university/college to which the student is applying.

See the List of Institutions Offering Scholarships (PDF). Contact them for more details on available courses, admission requirements and application procedures.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information.

The deadline for applications for the Quota scheme varies depending on the course and institution of interest. Typically, however, it is usually 1st December every year.

Some courses and educational programmes may have other deadlines. Please contact the International Office at the university/college to which you want to apply for detailed information.

The Letter of Admission is normally sent to the successful candidate by 15 April every year.

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.

Contact? Or inquiries?
Please note that SIU cannot offer individual guidance to prospective students regarding choice of institution or course, or information about course contents. All inquiries should be directed to the International Office at the institution in question. Applications should be sent directly to the institutions and SIU is not responsible for received applications.

Application Deadline: 1 December 2014
Open to International students: Yes

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Related: List of Norwegian Govt Scholarships for Developing Countries at UiO

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  1. please i just finished secondary school here in nigeria, to apply for the scholarship does it mean i have to apply to one of the norway schools??

    1. @Annonymous, the scholarship can only be taken at Norway. So, YES, you need to apply to a school in that country

  2. please i just finished secondary school in nigeria and i'll liek to find out: do i have to apply to one of the norway schools in other to apply for the schorlarship?

  3. so i have completed my College in my home country and then i went to Cyprus (Greek EU) for higher education and also got my 2 years diploma in Hotel Administration and came back to my country ... and i want to continue it at Norway to get Graduate degree in Hotel Administration , so my Question is , can i use this facility ? as i am not in any institute in my home country anymore cos my latest Diploma finished in 2013 from Cyprus ...
    Thank you ...

    1. Yes you can use this facility.

      It does not matter that you are not in any school or institute in your home country. What does matter is that you get admitted into a school in Norway.

      So visit the website of the Norwegian school you are interested in.


  4. Dear sir/mam,i am from Nepal and i have completed 13 years education & i want to apply for my further studies..so please i want to know about admission procedure plz help me

    1. Hi, the application procedure is as already outlined above. Please visit the official website link provided to continue.

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  6. hi, i'm from Somalia, i have done Bachelor degree of Ats and Humanities , i interested Norwegian scholarship

  7. I am from Somalia, i have done Bachelor degree of arts and humanities, i am interested further my education in Norwegian scholarships......................

  8. what does NHH mean? must i stay one year in Norway before i can access the scholarship for a masters degree?

  9. i cant find application procedure..plz help me sending website where i can apply for your scheme