NORAD's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA)

NORAD's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA)

Course(s) Offered: Several
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: Norad, SIU
Country to Study in: Any country (Norway and Developing countries)

Scholarship Description
Norad’s Programme for Master Studies (NOMA) is a programme for educational cooperation based on equal partnerships between higher education institutions in Norway and in the South. The programme was established in 2006, and the current period runs until 2014. By then, NOMA will be replaced by NORHED, Norad’s new programme for capacity building in higher education and research in low and middle income countries.

The goal of NOMA is to contribute to the education of staff in public and private sectors as well as civil society in selected developing countries. This is achieved through building capacity at the Master’s level in higher education institutions in the south.

NOMA is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and managed by SIU.

The NOMA Programme Board has allocated all available funds for the programme period 2006-2014. The programme is therefore not open to applications for new projects until 2014.

The NOMA Programme Board has allocated all available funds for the programme period 2006-2014. The programme is therefore not open to applications for new projects.

Eligible groups
The NORAD Fellowship Programme is designed for students from developing countries. Below is a list of priority regions and countries. Candidates from these countries may apply:
  • Africa: Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
  • Central America: Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua.
  • Middle East: The Palestinian Territory.
Participating Institutions
Regional facts on the Master programmes in the NOMA portfolio:
  • 21 programmes in Africa, 17 in Asia and two in Latin America.
  • The project partners are represented by 26 institutions of higher education in the South, and 12 Norwegian institutions of higher education.
  • 15 of the master programmes are bilateral and 25 are multilateral.
Fields of study
Based on Norwegian priorities and the needs of the cooperating countries in the South when the NOMA project was initiated, the following were the thematic fields for the current programme period:
  • Education
  • Environment, economic development and trade
  • Gender (modules within some Master’s programmes)
  • Health
  • HIV/AIDS (modules within some Master’s programmes)
  • Oil and energy
  • Good governance, democratic development, human rights and migration
  • Peace and conflict resolution
Number of awards
The current NOMA portfolio comprises 40 Master Programmes. By 2008, three NOMA Main Calls for Applications were announced.
  • The first call (2006) funded 17 projects
  • The second call (2007) funded 19 projects
  • The third call (2008) funded eight projects
Sponsorship duration
2006 - 2014

Scholarship benefits
Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA) provides financial support for developing and running Master’s degree programmes in developing countries through equal partnerships between local and Norwegian higher education institutions.

The total budget frame for the NOMA programme is 521 million NOK.

Method of Application
Interested applicants may inquire from Norwegian institutions of their choice or; from the Norwegian Center for International Co-operation in Higher Education for possible revised lists.
Peruse through the online NORAD Course Catalouge.

Application Deadline: Not open till 2014
Open to International students: Yes

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