Scholarships for MPhil in Childhood Studies

Scholarships for MPhil in Childhood Studies

A group of people at a meeting at NORDPART outside of a building. Photo.Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) offers five scholarships to students who will pursue MPhil in childhood studies in the academic year 2020/21. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants from Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. The students will be part of “AAU-NTNU Partnership to Promote Knowledge on Children and Sustainable Development” (2019-2023) funded by the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku).

This partnership facilitates interdisciplinary research and teaching in childhood and youth studies. It also has a shared vision of promoting critical research and education on the United Nation’s 2030 agenda on sustainable development to improve the life chances of girls and boys in Ethiopia and beyond. Recipients of the scholarships will be enrolled in MPhil in childhood studies that is a 2-year master program at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, NTNU. They will spend 10 months doing courses at NTNU (Year 1) and another 10 months conducting fieldwork and writing master’s thesis in Ethiopia (affiliated with AAU, Year 2). The scholarship is given only for the first ten months of the student’s stay in Norway. Students or their employers will have to cover living costs for the reminder of the study period in Ethiopia. A committee from NTNU and AAU will select candidates for the scholarship.


  • A BA or preferably MA in social sciences (e.g. sociology, anthropology, social work, education, social psychology, geography, development studies etc.)
  • Affiliation with AAU (defined as those applicants who have completed their previous degrees from, currently studying in and/or employed by AAU).
  • Gender balance with the view of increasing Ethiopian female students participation in international student mobility.
  • Experience in research and teaching in higher educational institutions preferred.

Selected students will receive:

  • Monthly stipend of NOK 11000 per month to cover accommodation and living expenses in Trondheim (August 2020-June 2021).
  • Travel expenses (economy fare, return air ticket Addis Ababa-Trondheim).
  • Bus card for travel within Trondheim.
  • Visa and resident permit processing fees.

The application portal will open at the end of October. Apply online using NTNU’s application portal (Søknadsweb). Deadline: 1 December 2019. Here, you will find more information about MPhil in childhood studies, application form, procedures and how to apply.

For further questions, contact Professor Tatek Abebe, Program Leader of MPhil in childhood studies, NTNU.

Courses for Exchange Students

Courses for Exchange Students

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning offers the following courses for exchange students:

Autumn semester

Courses on master's level:

BARN3101 Social Studies of Children and Childhood (7.5 credits)
BARN3202 Methodological Perspectives on Child and Childhood Research (7.5 credits)
BARN3300 Children and Development in the Global South (7.5 credits)
RAD3039 Counselling in Organisations: Process and Development in Coaching, Consulting and Leadership (7.5 credits) Limited number of students.

Courses on bachelor's level:

BARN2001 Children's Rights in a Global Perspective (7.5 credits)
BARN2003 Introductory course to Childhood studies (7.5 credits)
PED1022 Education and the Welfare State (7.5 credits)
PED1023 Body, Mind and Culture: Basic Approaches to Education (7.5 credits)

Spring semester

Courses on master's level:

BARN3201 Methods and Ethics in Childhood Studies (7.5 credits)
BARN3102 Children's Rights (7.5 credits)

All the courses are taught in English.
Information on how to apply.

More information on being an exchange student at NTNU.