Career fellowship

Guidelines and mandatory attachments for applications for career fellowships 2018

​In case of any discrepancies between the Norwegian and English versions, the Norwegian version shall take precedence.

The career Fellowship is intended for younger (under 45 years, born in 1973 or later), eminent scientists, who are planning to start or are in the process of establishing an independent research group. There are high quality requirements for applications within this category. Career Fellowship applications must include salaries of the principal investigator as well as a PhD student or post-doctoral fellow. In addition, the application may include support of running costs.

Career grants are personal and cannot be transferred to others.

Personnel funded by these awards must be employed by the applicant institution during the entire project period. 

Principal investigator

The candidate must apply him-/herself as principal investigator. 

The principal investigator must have a doctoral degree and should hold at least 20% employment at the applicant institution by the time of submission. If not, a written statement must accompany the application confirming his / her employment at the applicant institution in time for project start. 


Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards career fellowships for up to 4 years (FTEs) per candidate. These grants may be set up as a 100% position for 4 years or as a 50% position for 8 years. For the career fellowship grant, a 50% position is assumed combined with 50% clinical work.

Note! As of 2017, the following applies to application for a career fellowship:

  • The principle investigator must have applied for funding from major competitive international sources during the first three years of the project period (e.g . ERC Starting Grants or Consolidator Grants, Marie Sklodowska - Curie actions , the EU Horizon2020 , Human Frontier Science, Novo Nordisk Fund etc.)

  • Receipt of a submitted application will trigger award of the fourth and final year of career fellowship, i.e. salary for the principal investigator. Other positions and running costs are not affected by this requirement. 


Helse Sør-Øst RHF may award a total of 7.6 million NOK for the full project period, of which up to 2.2 million NOK per year for three years and about 1 million NOK for one year. 

The application for a career fellowship should include:   

  • Salary of the principal investigator (up to 4 years)
  • One PhD or postdoctoral position for another candidate (up to 3 years) 

In addition, the application may include running costs. 

Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards  a lump sum as used by the Norwegian Research Council for postdoctoral fellowships. For 2017, the Norwegian Research Council has set the rate at 1 039 000 NOKs for doctoral and postdoctoral grants, while the rates for 2018 will be revised (probably increased by approx. 3%) according to the state budget to be presented in the autumn. The lump sum includes salary costs, social and overhead costs as well as running costs. It is not possible to apply for funding of additional running costs. 

If the principal investigator is awarded international funding during the career fellowship, the funding from Helse Sør-Øst RHF will be retained. 

PhD or postdoctoral candidates should not be named in the application, however, as soon as the candidate is appointed, Helse Sør-Øst RHF should be informed of the name. A PhD or postdoctoral candidate with prior funding from Helse Sør-Øst RHF may not be appointed. See separate guidelines for PhD  and postdoctoral fellowships.

Research abroad

Helse Sør-Øst RHF provides funding to perform research abroad for 3-12 months per candidate during a project period. Applications for these grants can be included in the application, both for a researcher and a career fellowship award. The total grant awarded is increased accordingly depending on the current rate and duration of the stay broad. Cf. Guidelines for overseas fellowships

To be awarded a grant for performing research abroad, the stay must be vital to the research project and must take place in an internationally recognized research group. 

Extension of a career fellowship award

A career fellow funded by Helse Sør-Øst RHF may apply for an extension of the career fellowship after the initial research period has expired. Helse Sør-Øst RHF will fund a career fellow for a maximum of eight years, regardless of the employment status (50 or 100%). 

Application requirements for extesion of the career fellowships

Applications for extension of career fellowship grants will be evaluated following particularly strict criteria, and will only be awarded to young, outstanding researchers under the age of 45.

  • The applicant must have established an independent research group
  • The applicant must demonstrate a scientific production at a high international level
  • The applicant must have applied for funding from major international sources 

Mandatory attachments for applications for career fellowships

All documents must be converted to PDF format before uploading in eSøknad. The project description is uploaded as a separate PDF file, while all other attachments must be merged in a single PDF file. 

Submit the requested attachments only. Additional attachments will not be considered by the peer-review committees.

The recommended font is Arial 11 pt / Times New Roman 12 pt or similar, single spacing, min. 2 cm margins. For references and tables, a Times New Roman 9 pt or equivalent, single spacing, min. 2 cm margins may be used.

Note! The application and all uploaded attachments must be completed in English.


Only CV of the applicant should be encolsed. 

Please include any statutory leaves (e.g. maternity leave).

Each CV should be maximum 2 pages and written in English. 

List of publications

Only the applicant’s list of publications should be enclosed.
Candidates who have had parental leave over the last five years may extend the period for publication list corresponding length of the leave(s).

The list must contain relevant publications from the last five years and should not exceed 3 pages

Plan for establishing independent research group. 

Applications for career fellowships must be accompanied by a plan for the establishment of an independent research group and building a research network with collaborators.

When applying for an extension of a career fellowship, a description / overview of the research group must accompany the application. 

In addition, it is recommended that the application is accompanied by a letter of support from the applicant institution stating the significance of the candidate's competencies and research plan for the research strategy of the institution.

The plan should not exceed 1 page and must be written in English.

Project description

Please view template for the project description.

For this application category, the description of the applicant’s individual research project is particularly important. When applying for a career fellowship, details of the tasks for a PhD or post-doctoral researcher and their role in the project should be provided.

The project description should be written in English. It should be max. 10 pages including figures, tables and list of references.

Invitation from an international research group

If the application contains funding for overseas research, an invitation from the international research group should be included. Cf. Guidelines for overseas fellowships 

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