Bergen Summer Research School
BSRS 2024


Please read through these instructions before filling in the application form. You may change and update your application until the deadline.

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Here you will find all the information you need to apply for the Bergen Summer Research School 2024. Make sure you complete the two complementary parts of the application process.

Academic level

The Bergen Summer Research School offers PhD candidates and junior researchers the opportunity to work together with internationally renowned scholars. In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the research school, and participation in all plenary events is required.

You may take only one of the six parallel courses.

Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a short essay of 2-4 pages from your own research on a research question decided by the course leader. This will be used as the base for presenting your research to the rest of the course participants.

Participation at the BSRS will be credited by UiB under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). For 10 ECTS, you are expected to write an essay (in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages) to be submitted after the end of the research school. Deadline for submission will be decided by your course leader. It is also possible to participate without writing an essay. This will give you 5 ECTS.

You will have access to the electronic resources of the University Library, from time of acceptance until the end of May 2025.


We offer a limited number of stipends. These are awarded based on your application, abstract and the relevance of your research to the course objectives. You must be a registered PhD candidate at an academic institution to be eligible for a stipend.

Refunds for the ticket, visa to Norway, obligatory travel insurance and airport tax are made in person at the beginning of the summer research school, provided you bring original receipts. Other travel costs will not be reimbursed. To be able to facilitate the reimbursements, we will send you a form to fill and a link for uploading a copy of the receipts. The refund will be made in Norwegian kroner (NOK) ONLY and will be made available on a cash card. 

You are responsible for obtaining your own obligatory travel insurance.

All applicants are welcome to apply for ONE of the stipends below. You indicate this when filling out the application form. Stipends are awarded based on academic merit as it appears in your application.

Full stipend
This stipend will cover air ticket, visa fee, obligatory travel insurance, and accommodation.

Travel stipend
This will cover air ticket, visa fee, and obligatory travel insurance.

Applicants granted full- or travel stipends are asked to purchase air tickets and travel insurance themselves. There is a predefined cost for tickets for all countries. The predefined cost of the air ticket will be indicated in the letter of acceptance.

Accommodation stipend
All applicants are welcome to apply for a stipend covering the accommodation cost for one person at the Montana Student Hostel.

There is no registration fee for BSRS 2024.

Part one creates the application. Part two registers your application in the University of Bergen application system. No other forms of application will be accepted.

To the right, you find the link to part one. When you successfully complete part one, you will get a confirmation email with a link to part two and instructions of how to proceed.

Check requirements

Before you start your application, please check that you have the required academic background. Only applicants who meet the requirements will be considered.

The courses are designed for PhD students and are open to:

  1. Candidates currently enrolled in a PhD programme 
  2. Junior researchers — including those in their last stages of their master programme, with extensive working experience, and those who have recently completed their PhD, or are enrolled in a post-doc programme.

Create the application

Before you start the application process, make sure you have the following documents:

  • Abstract of your ongoing research (maximum 250 words). Please outline main objectives, framework of the research, and method(s).
  • Motivational letter (maximum 250 words) which should include:
    • Your research interest in the topic of the course of interest
    • Your expectations for the course
    • What you hope to gain from attending BSRS 
  • Your CV and educational background
    • Your current position
    • Your highest achieved degree and from which institution
    • Educational background (maximum 500 words)
    • Work experience (maximum 400 words)
    • Publications - up to ten publications, if any
    • Proof of your English proficiency. English is the only language of instruction and communication.

Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions of how to continue to part two of your application. If you do not receive this confirmation within 24 hours, please check your spam/junk mail before contacting us at bsrs@uib.no

You may start the application, save it, and resume until the application deadline.

Register the application

Follow the instructions in the confirmation email you receive after you have submitted your application in part one, follow the instruction and the link

In order to register your application at the University of Bergen, you need the following documents:

  • The application (pdf) you find attached to the confirmation email
  • A scanned copy of your ID (e.g. passport/ identity card/ driving license)
  • Transcript/diploma of your highest degree
  • A letter of recommendation signed by your supervisor
  • A letter verifying your qualifications and current position signed by the head of your institution/department

Please note that the two letters must be written on official stationary of your institution and stamped.

Complete application

Your application is officially complete when:

  1. You have filled in your complete home/residential address
  2. You have selected a course(s)
  3. You have uploaded all the required documents
  4. You have received confirmation by email

Application status

You can change or update your application until 15 February 2024. We plan to complete the selection process by the end of March.