Bergen Summer Research School
BSRS 2020


Semester start
Eivind Senneset

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The University of Bergen is an internationally renowned research university situated right in the city centre of Bergen. Academic diversity and high quality are fundamental for us. UiB is the most cited university in Norway.

Our seven faculties help more than 18 000 students reach their goals. Around 2 000 of these are international students. We employ close to 4 000 faculty and staff. PhD candidates are paid employees, making the doctoral degree at UiB particularly attractive for rising talents. About one in three graduating doctors come from outside Norway.

The University of Bergen has three strategic areas: Marine research, Climate and energy transitions and Global challenges. Within these areas, UiB contributes to society with excellent research, education, interdisciplinary cooperation and dissemination of knowledge and innovation.

Where is Bergen?
Bergen faces the North Sea on the western coast of Norway. With 270 000 inhabitants, it is the second largest city in Norway. Although Bergen is often called the City of Rain, it certainly has its share of sunny days. Summer temperatures range from 12–25 degrees (Celsius).

The city centre is pleasantly smnall and is partly located on a small peninsula between seven mountains. It is a lively city with more than 30,000 students—many from abroad. Bergen has a busy cultural scene with a pulsating night life.

The city is well connected to the rest of the world, with direct flights to a number of European airports, and by railway (via Oslo). For more information, see the City of Bergen Tourist Office.

The Bergen Summer Research School takes place at the University of Bergen’s Law Faculty (Dragefjellet) in the city centre. Address: Magnus Lagabøtes plass 1 (map).

Before you start your application, please carefully check if you meet the academic requirements. This summer school is only for PhD candidates currently enrolled in an academic programme.

Registration fee

The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 (approximately EUR 390 or USD 435 (click to check current exchange rate). The fee covers course materials, social events, lunch during working days, and an excursion. You will also have full access to the University Library and its online resources until May 2021.

The registration fee is due when you receive a letter of acceptance.

We offer a limited number of fee waivers and stipends. These are granted based on academic merit. You apply for stipends in the application form. 

Applicants anrolled at one of the partner institutions of BSRS (CMI, HVL, NHH, NORCE and UiB) should seek to have the registration fee paid for by their department. These applicants are not eligible for stipends.

Travel and accommodation

All participants will organise their own travel. Participants not receiving stipends will also have to organise for their own accommodation. You are welcome to stay at the Montana Student Hostel for a discounted cost, ranging from NOK 3 200 – 4 000. You may make a reservation when completing the registration form. Payment is due upon receiving your letter of acceptance.

The Montana Hostel accommodation is based on two participants sharing a room and bathroom. The rooms come with towels and linens. A common kitchen equipped with basic kitchen utensils is available for all residents. There are laundry facilities.

If you wish to book your own accommodation, check the list of hotels and guesthouses on the City of Bergen web pages. Hotels in Bergen are generally fully booked in the summer, so make your reservation early!

The airport is connected to the city centre by light rail and express busses. All participants will receive a travel pass (Bergen zone) for local busses and the light rail. This is valid for the duration of the Summer School. Please indicate in the application form if you wish to receive a travel pass.

All applicants are responsible for obtaining obligatory travel insurance. Visa to Norway, travel insurance, and airport tax must be paid for by the participants themselves.


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 as a rule not be reimbursed. To be able to facilitate the reimbursements, we will send you a form to fill and a link for uplaoding a copy of the receipts. The refund wil 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 the registration fee, air ticket, and accommodation.

Travel stipend
This will cover the cost of an international roundtrip air ticket, visa to Norway, and fees for obligatory travel insurance.

Applicants granted full- or travel stipends are asked to purchase the air tickets 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 accomondation cost for one person at the Montana Student Hostel.

Waving of registration fee
All applicants may seek to have the registration fee waived. 

Costs and currency

It may be useful to know that prices in Norway are among the highest in the world, not least when it comes to public transport, restaurants, and nationally produced products in general.

The currency of Norway is Norwegian Kroner (NOK). Check updated exchange rates.


Lunch and coffee/tea will be served every working day. Also, some social events include a light meal. Participants are themselves responsible for all other meals.

Participants on a full stipend will receive food vouchers to be used towards other meals. These will allow you to buy groceries from selected shops or may be used towards meals at some restaurants.