Berkeley-Inland University Norway Research Fellowship

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UC Berkeley and the Inland University of Applied Sciences (INN), in Norway, established a partnership in 2019. Seeking to further deepen our collaboration, INN is pleased to announce that we now offer one scholarship to a UC Berkeley student wanting to do research within the field of Social Sciences or the Humanities (broadly defined).

INN was established in 2017 when six previous colleges were merged into one university. INN operates on six campuses in South-Eastern Norway: Lillehammer, Rena, Elverum, Hamar, Evenstad, and Blæstad. Being one of Norway’s smaller universities, it has approximately 13,000 students. The academic offer covers a vast number of subject areas including: international and European studies, psychology, sports, law, music, pedagogy, health sciences, social sciences, ecology and agricultural sciences, language and literature, biotechnology, film, tv and culture, tourism, animation and game sciences, economics, leadership and innovation. Exchange students in the INN-IES exchange program can opt to be located either at Lillehammer or Rena, and will be hosted by the Inland School of Business and Social Sciences.

The Berkeley exchange students will gave the opportunity to participate in research groups and seminars in order to meet faculty and students who share their research interests. In Norway, the relationship between faculty and students is informal, making it easy for exchange students to reach out to faculty for advice and academic discussions. The exchange student will also have a designated contact person at INN who can help with practical or other issues.

Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University) has exchange agreements with more than 200 institutions of higher education around the world. In our northern corner of the world, students can combine their studies with outdoor activities, both winter and summer. The area around our campuses is particularly well know for its beautiful and untouched nature. From the INN campuses, one can easily travel to see the Aurora Borealis ("Northern lights"), experience the midnight sun and enjoy the fjords, or visit Norway’s bigger cities.

While exchange students are responsible for organizing their own accommodations, INN will help in the process. This grant can be combined with other IES grants.

NOTE: Grant recipients are expected to complete their research stay in residence at the designated partner university during the calendar year they applied for (not the end of the school year).

Award amount: The fellowship offered by INN is $1000/month for up to three months and will be paid to the Berkeley student upon arrival in Norway. Shorter stays are possible. The student may also stay for an extended period, if agreed before arriving, and if linked to INN’s study program. INN may be able to offer additional funding for students willing to assist faculty in their research.

Eligibility: Open to UC Berkeley graduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. A one-page application letter, including a 100-word (max.) abstract of your research and indication of the duration of your stay
  2. A research statement of approximately 1,500 words
  3. One letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member; this letter should be sent to
  4. One short confirmation letter (or e-mail) from a research supervisor at INN, indicating the duration of your stay 
  5. A short CV (max. 2 pages)

Deadline: March 1

For more information about INN, please contact Dr. Marianne Riddervold at

For additional information on this fellowship opportunity, please contact