NRSN International Training Grant

NRSN International Training Grant

The Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience (NRSN) offers individual international training grants for participation in theoretical or practical courses in neuroscience abroad, including workshops and summer schools, as well as for short training stays in research groups abroad. The aim of these grants is to allow our members to benefit from international expertise and training opportunities, and to expand their international networks.

Please note that the grant is only intended for training that cannot be achieved in Norway. Meetings, conferences and short workshops associated with these are not eligible for funding. NRSN will not cover per diem expenses (food), and are not able to reimburse Airbnb (or similar) bookings. We recommend that you have your own travel insurance. 

Evaluation of applications happens on the 15th of each month. 

NRSN funding must be approved before the international training starts. You should therefore submit your application at the latest two months before the training event (in May for events in August). Only complete applications which fulfill the guidelines will be considered.

For applications of training stays, the application should include a statement from the students regarding the expected learning outcomes from the stay, an invitation letter from the institution you plan on visiting, and a training schedule.

The maximum amount of support is 40 000 NOK. A total of 600 000 NOK are available per year.

The NRSN board recommends the following list of international courses:

Who can apply?

The grant is available to members of NRSN. If you are not yet a member, you can read more about membership and register here.

How to apply?

NRSN funding must be approved before the international training starts.
Applicants must complete an electronic application form where the following information is required:

  • a description of the course and link to its webpage 
  • a description of the expected benefit for the PhD candidate
  • a budget showing the realistic estimates for costs of a) travel, b) accommodation, c) course fee, and d) other expenses
  • a description of what steps have been made to secure funding from other sources and if successful, how much support has been obtained
  • a signed letter of recommendation and approval of the budget from the applicant’s PhD supervisor
  • a confirmation that the PhD candidate has applied for the course and when a decision is to be expected.

To ensure an effective evaluation process, applications that fail to conform to any of the above may be rejected on formal grounds.


Applications will be evaluated regularly by a committee consisting of three NRSN faculty board members and will usually be evaluated within two weeks.


After the course, you will be required to submit a brief report from the event. The report should include the name of the event, location and dates, and why you wanted to attend. Write a couple of paragraphs about the structure of the event, what you have learned and whether you would recommend it for other students. You may also include pictures.