Overseas fellowships

Requirements overseas grant

Duration and Funding

Helse Sør-Øst RHF awards one overseas grant for 3-12 months per fellowship period (PhD, postdoctoral, researcher and career fellowship).

The rates for overseas research grants cover documented establishment costs and additional expenses incurred by research abroad. The application may also include travel expenses (cheapest mode of travel). Helse Sør-Øst RHF will grant funding for one return travel to maximum two destinations, given that the research term is conducted in two different countries.

Candidates who have children under the age of 16, and who will not be accompanied by their children and spouse / partner may apply for funding of several shorter stays and return travels. The need for a flexible solution must be justified in the project description. Family is defined as a research fellow with partner and any children.

Salaries during the stay abroad must be covered by an ordinary fellowship or by the candidate's employer. 

Mandatory attachments for application for overseas grants as part of on-going projects

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.

The font should be Arial 11 point/Times New Roman 12 pt or similar, single spacing, min. 2 cm margins. For references and figure legends, a 9 pt font may be used. 

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


The principal investigator's CV should be enclosed. In addition, the CV for the PhD or postdoctoral candidate should be attached. 

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

Lists of publication

List of publications should be included for the principal investigator and the PhD or postdoctoral candidate should be enclosed.

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

Project description

Please view template for the project description.

An updated version of the project description should be attached. It should be written in English and be maximum. 10 pages including figures, tables and list of references.

Reason for the stay

  • Relation to the main project
  • Professional goals and content for your stay
  • Added value of the stay for the fellow
  • Professional development
  • Importance of the research environment
  • Reasons for the choice of place of residence, partnership

The rationale should be written in English.

Maximum. 1-2 pages 

Invitation from an international research group

An invitation from the international research group should be included.

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