MA student research grants

Do you want to write your MA thesis on security policy and do you have an exciting idea for a project? Put in an application for an IFS Master’s scholarship! Deadlines: 15 March and 15 September.

We award Master's scholarships for a period of up to 6 months, but can consider granting extensions in special circumstances. At present, the award amounts to NOK 4,500 per month and is tax free. The subject of your Master's thesis must be of relevance to the fields of study at IFS. The academic standards of the project are given decisive weight.

Academic design

We are interested in all good project ideas pertaining to one of the many fields of study at IFS.

Additional benefits of IFS scholarships

In addition to the monthly disbursement, we can offer you

  • a leading international research environment in the fields of security and defence policy
  • an academic mentor at the institute assigned specifically to you
  • national and international research networks
  • possibility of permanent office space in the centre of Oslo
  • a pleasant and stimulating working environment

We are looking for people who

  • are motivated, have an interesting project idea and good results from earlier programmes
  • file a complete application form and a project résumé 
  • are willing to write a summary of the thesis for publication in the online paper series IFS Insights if requested by IFS

What do you need to include in your application?

Send us a short application with the following information:
- name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address
- current place of study, name of advisor, planned start and thesis delivery

The application must include:
- a project description (1-3 pages)
- attested certificate(s) and grade transcript(s) from college/university

Email the application to

You can expect to hear from us on the outcome of your application about a month after the deadline.

IFS does not explain why an application is approved or rejected, nor does it return application documents.

Any questions?

Ring +47 23 09 59 00 or send us an e-mail.

Published 09 September 2014 08:56.. Last updated 01 November 2018 13:38.