Norwegian Quota Scholarship Scheme for Developing Countries

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The scholarship programme has been launched by Norwegian Government under the title Quota Scholarship Scheme aimed for Bachelors, Masters, and PhD. students belonging from developing countries.

The objective of the Quota Scheme is to initiate capacity building and produce resource through education and the scholarship winners will contribute through their knowledge in their respective countries. Another prospect of Scholarship Scheme is to establish and strengthen profound diplomatic relations and people to people contact between Norway and the developing world. Each year, number of universities and colleges in Norway participate in the scholarship programme.

The opportunity is great because a large number of scholarships are available. The Quota Scheme is intended to provide funding for a total of 1,100 students, 800 of them from developing countries in the South and 300 from countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.

The aspiring candidates must have minimum two years of higher education from their home country. Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelors level.

There are number of benefits of the scholarship programme i.e. each scholarship winner receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. 40 % of the amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion may be waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study. Students who stay in Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another country than their home country must repay the loan.

The deadline for applications for the Quota scheme is usually 1 December every year. However, some courses and educational programmes may have different deadlines.

The scholarship is a great prospect for the students seeking to get higher education from European countries.


Published in: Volume 06 Issue 26

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