autumn 2023
FSK-8005 Funding your research – why and how? - 3 ECTS

Type of course

Multi-disciplinary course. The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Application code: 9301

This course is aimed at PhD candidates from all scientific disciplines, but is open for postdoc fellows if seats are available. If PhD candidates aim to include the credits from the course in your 30 mandatory PhD ECTS you should discuss it with your supervisor.

PhD candidates from UiT and other universities in Norway may be admitted to the course. PhD candidates not registered at UiT must upload a document from their university, stating that there are registered PhD candidates. This group of applicants does not have to prove English proficiency and are exempt from semester fee.

Maximum 40 participants.

If more than 40 applicants, priority will be given as follows:

  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT that are in the 3. - 4. year of their PhD project
  • Participants admitted to the PhD programme at UiT that that are in the 1. - 2. year of their PhD project
  • Participants in the Associate Professor programme (Førstelektorprogrammet)
  • PhD candidates from other universities
  • People with a minimum of a Master´s degree (or equivalent), who have not been admitted to a PhD programme. Holders of a Master´s degree must upload a Master´s Diploma with Diploma Supplement / English translation of the diploma and must document proficiency in English. A detailed list of various criteria to qualify for English language proficiency can be found here: English proficiency

Proficiency in English must be documented - list of countries

Proficiency in English - PhD level studies

Please contact Ingjerd Gauslaa Nilsen at the BFE-faculty if you have troubles or questions regarding registration to the course. 

The course will be cancelled if less than 10 participants.

Course content

Funding your research is a course designed to provide PhDs, postdocs and researchers with basic skills in research proposal writing and an understanding of how proposals are evaluated. To continue in science after a PhD it is essential for researchers to master the challenge of securing funding for their research. This means that PhDs need a good understanding of where to apply for funding and how to write research proposals, as well as to understand which criteria are used for the proposal evaluation. This course is designed by researchers that have a broad experience in proposal writing and will share their knowledge and experience with the course participants.

The High North Academy’s philosophy is learning by doing, and to obtain the ECTS for this course PhD candidates need to work on the first draft of their own ‘real’ proposal. To be allowed to participate in the course, participants are asked to submit a one-page draft of their research idea, which they are going to develop into a research proposal during the course. The course starts with three days of lectures and practical exercises, followed by a month where participants are asked to work on their own proposal draft. The second part of the course is reserved for the oral presentations of all proposals, where a panel of experts provide instant feedback on each proposal. Every course participant will be asked to be an opponent for one of their peers` proposals. This feedback should be used to improve the final proposal draft that is submitted as home exam at the end of the course. The exam forms a solid basis for a future, real proposal.

Objectives of the course


  • about the research proposal evaluation process
  • know the major sources for research grants
  • know the different types of research applications (e.g. open calls, targeted calls)
  • know the scientific requirements needed from the applicant and the application
  • know the administrative requirements
  • know how much time is required for writing a proposal & common pitfalls
  • know about funder requirements on open access to the research data and publications, and how to comply with those


  • how to identify key relevant funding sources and
  • how to interpret and answer an application call
  • how to prepare research grant applications to obtain funds and grants
  • how to optimize a CV
  • how to set up a budget
  • how to make a data management plan

General competence:

  • write research proposals and pitch ideas to convince potential funding organisations and investors
  • provide and receive constructive feedback in a group
  • understand the ethics and science philosophy behind open science, and why open science is becoming a requirement in research proposals

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures, practical exercises, and group work

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements, including prerequisites. Please see the Admission requirements" and the "Prerequisite" sections for more information.

Do you have questions about this course? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Grade scale:
Assignment Passed / Not Passed

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Proposal draft Approved – not approved
Participation in lectures and seminars (80%) and active participation in group work Approved – not approved
UiT Exams homepage

More info about the coursework requirements

  • Required pre-assignment: submission of a proposal draft (one A4 page) 10 days in advance of the course lectures. The proposal draft should outline the student`s research project
  • Minimum 80% participation on lectures and seminars, active participation in the group work and give feed back on proposals of peers

Re-sit examination

There will not be a re-sit exam in this course.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 3
  • Course code: FSK-8005
  • Ekstra informasjon
  • PhD students at UiT apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 September. The registration starts 15 June.
    Other applicants apply for admission through SøknadsWeb before 1 June with the application code 9301. For applicants who are granted a seat, a study right will be created, and these applicants apply for a seat by registering for classes in StudentWeb before 1 September.
    The study right gives the applicant admission to register to other open PhD courses or apply for a seat to PhD courses where entry is limited.