Starting your studies

New startup procedure at the faculty

The Faculty has introduced a new improved startup procedure applicable from 2015. The new procedure should be evaluated within two years. The faculty encourage the supervisor and Candidate to individually undergo attached discussion material and then arrange for a meeting where this is discussed in order to make necessary clarifications related to the roles and responsibilities relating to supervision.

General information on PhD opportunities

We will be happy to give you individual advice and information with regard both to your studies and funding opportunities. Your primary contact is the lecturer in the subject in which you are interested. can help you find the right lecturer and give general advice.

You should read the concise version in the information brochure Guide for New Employees at the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at NTNU. This contains the most important information for new employees.

You may also have interest in visiting the official site "Welcome to Norway" that gives you a brief introdution to: Embassy & Consulates, About Norway, Study & Work, Visit Norway, News & Events, and Norsk.

Financing your studies

Financing your studies is usually obtained by applying for a scholarship. You can apply for vacant scholarship positions, or we can try to find separate financing for your studies based on your research proposal and qualifications.


The application form for admission should be completed under the guidance of a supervisor. It should outline your academic training, method of finance and research methodology. The application should be submitted to the department. The department and the supervisors will comment on the application before it is sent to the faculty for a decision. The normal length of time for dealing with an application is 1 month.

In accordance with the NTNU PhD regulations, applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) from their M.Sc/M.Eng studies (or equivalent) of B or better, as measured in ECTS (European credit transfer system) grades. In keeping with the regulations' requirement of a "strong academic background", applicants are requested to document a satisfactory theoretical background from his/her studies for a Bachelors degree. This translates to a GPA of C or better, as measured in ECTS grades. (You may perform an informal calculation of your grading here).

Please show evidence that your diploma gives you the right for PhD-studies at universities in your country. Students from European universities will get a diploma supplement which contains this information. Students from other countries not delivering such a diploma supplement are requested to describe their studies in a similar manner.

It is possible to have your admission criteria evaluated before you submit a full application for admission. Send an ordinary application form giving personal information and details of your educational background.

The committee for research and research training has been given the responsibility of making decisions regarding applications. This normally takes about one month. Foreign applications may take somewhat longer. Applicants will receive a letter containing the committee's decision, which will also be found in the committee's minutes.

Once an application has been accepted, a contract will be signed between the student and the faculty. In the letter of acceptance, a deadline will be given for signing such a contract. This deadline is normally one month.

Organised Academic Training

The organised academic training may include a maximum of one "tailor-made" course per candidate. This implies that either one individual study syllabus, or one topics or seminar course, may be tailored for the candidate and accepted in the organised academic training. Topics and seminars are formally approved in the PhD catalogue and may be combined with master courses, but individual study syllabus may not be combined with a master course.

Research Plan

The research plan must be submitted no later than 6 months, whichever comes first of the "start date of employment" or "admission" to the PhD education.


The workload for a doctoral programme corresponds to 3 years work. In addition, a further 1 year of additional work is usually required at the Department so that the minimum study period is usually 4 years. The maximum period allowed is 6 years. The Faculty is to decide whether the maximum period is reached.

PhD Funding

Calls for proposals

Research Council of Norway and EU

Other funding

Alexander von Humboldt Fundation. Humboldt Research Fellowships for scholars not resident in Germany holding doctoral degrees and under 40 years of age.

The U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation offers several types of scholarships.
Nordic programmes (Norden) Apply for funding for Nordic projects, the link provides a collection of Nordic and bilateral funding schemes and calls which can help you carry out your project.