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MA student research grant

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 6,000 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.


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


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


  • 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:

  1. Name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address
  2. Current place of study, name of advisor, planned start and thesis delivery

The application must include:

  • Project description (1-3 pages)
  • Attested certificate(s) and grade transcript(s) from college/university

Email the application to [email protected]

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.

Would you like to carry out academic work in Oslo?

  1. The Institute welcomes  visiting researchers for a period of less than one year. Visiting researchers will be provided with an office space and the opportunity to participate in the academic activities of the Institute. They will not receive a salary but can be offered a honorarium for any publications, subject to individual agreement.

    Applications including a CV and  a short exposition of your reasons for wishing to carry out research at the Institute can be posted to [email protected].