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

Quota Scheme

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

In the proposed state budget for 2016, the Norwegian government has suggested to phase out and eventually replace the Norwegian Quota Scheme. Therefore, we regret to announce that there will no new admissions for the Quota Scheme for the 2016/17 academic year. For more general information about studying in Norway or for information about other funding possibilities please see:

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 certain DEVELOPING COUNTRIES on the DAC-list issued by OECD, and students from the category of “LOWER MIDDLE-INCOME COUNTRIES” and under. In addition, citizens of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Palestinian territories.

For the 2015/2016 Quota scheme, citizens of the following countries are eligible:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cuba, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, Sentral African Republic, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Srilanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Yemen.

Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine.

Participating Institution(s)
All universities and university colleges in Norway i.e. selected state colleges, universities, and institutions.

See the 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.

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.

The link to the List of Institutions Offering This Scholarships is provided under 'Participating Institutions' above. 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 and complete 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 of the year following successful application.

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 2015
Open to International Students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Tuition Free Universities in Norway for International Students
Related: List of Norwegian Govt Scholarships for Developing Countries at UiO


  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 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.

  5. hi ......... m zulfiqar from pakistan , i have done MPA & interested in norweign scholarship ......... want to have further studies .... plz provide info aaaaaaaaaaat

  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

  10. Hi,i am from Afghanistan ,i am interested to study in bachelor degree.i would like to know if one of the requirement is having TOEFL or IELTS in this scholership?

  11. hi am from nigeria, have finish my secondary schoool. in 2009 so i dont know may be i can apply for the scholarship

  12. I am from Bangladesh ...Can u please let me know how can I apply for the scholarship.. Thank you ..

  13. Dear Sir or Madam

    Having managed the Tunisian baccalaureate 2015 and being attracted to medicine, I wish to continue my studies in one of the medical schools in Norway.

    My choice was quickly focused on Norway. Indeed, it is a country where medicine knows an unprecedented development both in medical research and in the care and supervision of patients.
    Furthermore, Norwegian culture is enriching, art is thriving, freedoms and guarantees are offering a fulfilling life.

    I'm known as being conscientious and applied. I like to help people and relieve their suffering. I have great respect to my teachers. I master very well the English .

    I remain at your disposal to provide any further information.
    Hoping that you will be sensitive to my request, I look forward to hearing from you
    Madam, Sir, my respectful greetings.

  14. Iam Ugandan. we have visited some Norwegean school before on an exchange program.
    But apparently, i left that school three years ago.
    Can i still be considered to join this program?

  15. hallo sir, i am from india. i have completed BBA (3 years degree program) a total 15 years of study. i want to get admission in norway. will i get admission in graduate course ya post graduate course there????


  16. I have Beachlor degree I want to study master degree under free covernment of Norwigian scholarship

  17. hello there , i am Sudanese and have completed two years of information technology studies . but i want to ask about the language ,if english is not my native language and i have not taken any english proficiency test , IELTS for example.
    and I do not speak norway's language .. am i eligible to apply ?

  18. Hi,,,
    Nice job..
    I have completed my Beachlor Degree in 2009 and have 6 year job experience also. I don't have IELTS or other. Can i continue my studies further. Please guide.

    1. @Unknown, this award is for several participating institutions in Norway; thus we cannot offer individual guidance to prospective students, especially regarding choice of institution or course, or information about course contents. All inquiries should be directed to the International Office at the institution of your choice. Best of luck

  19. sir, i am persuing BCA 2nd year, can i apply for the TOEFL Scholarship 2016?

  20. Hey, Am filmon from Eritea. Thanks a lot for the information you have informed, I am interested to get masters program in marketing advertising . I have bachelor degree from pune university india in a commerce field and my specialist subject was marketing management, ontop I had finished with second class. So now i am looking for forward and seeking scholarship. Thank you so much .

  21. Hey, Am filmon from Eritea. Thanks a lot for the information you have informed, I am interested to get masters program in marketing advertising . I have bachelor degree from pune university india in a commerce field and my specialist subject was marketing management, ontop I had finished with second class. So now i am looking for forward and seeking scholarship. Thank you so much and reply me in the given email.

  22. hi sir
    i am from Afghanistan i graduate form high school now wanna start bachelor in business administration can i ?

  23. Hi.My question is that , at the moment i study in Latvia in bachelors degree second year so is it possible to change my Norwagian university and what is required for that?
    Thank you in advance

  24. Hello Sir/ Madam,
    This is Phong from Vietnam. I would love to get scholarship for Master Degree program in Norway. I graduated from 2010 and i had a Bachelor degree.
    Please show me how to do it. Thank you for your kindness veey much
    Looking forward to hearing about you soon
    Best of luck to you