Application and enrollment

Enrollment in the PhD programme is based on application. An applicant must have completed a two year master education in sport sciences (120 studiepoent) with an average B score.

Who can apply?

You can apply for admission to the PhD programme if 

  • you are employed as a NIH candidate based on an announced position, including candidate for a predefined project*.
  • you are employed as a candidate of sport sciences at another university or similar institution
  • your doctorate project has been approved by NRC, EU, Stiftelsen DAM or similar institution who will finance all salary and project costs.

All doctorate postitions at NIH are announced at JobbNorge.

Applicants must have earned a two-year master's degree (120 credits) in sport science with a minimum grade point average of B/2,5.

*For predefined projects, the supervisor is already appointed and a research project proposal has been developed by the relevant research group.


A candidate employed at NIH must apply for admission to the PhD programme within six weeks after employment.

If the candidate fails to apply within the deadline, the contract may be terminated.

Applications based on external financing will be reviewed consecutively. Affilitation with an active research group and a confirmation from a proposed supervisor must be clarified before applying. All applications for the PhD programme must be sent Department for Reserach and Library (AFB), see details below. The Committee for Reserach (KFU) makes the decision regarding admission to the programme. 

How to apply - application form and attachments

The applicant must fill in the application form with personal information. Signed form should be sent/delievered to AFB: Applicants with external financing send to Kaja Stene, applicants with internal financing to Gro Styrmo.

Points 1-5 below must be separate documents. Points 6-9 can be in one document.

Attachments that must follow the signed application form:

  1. A project description, including a formulation of objectives, research questions/hypotheses, as well as the choice of theoretical approach and methods. The complete project description must not exceed 10 pages, excluding the literature list (12- point font, 1.5 line spacing). For a predefined project, the scientific description from the relevant research group shall be the basis for the candidates project description and included with the application.
  2. A progress plan that includes a timeline per semester showing the progress of the thesis and of the obligatory coursework.
  3. Description of any legal or ethical issues raised by the project and how these can be addressed. The application must state whether the project is dependent on permission granted by committees on research ethics and other authorities or private individuals (research subjects, patients, parents, etc.)
  4. Documentation of the educational qualifications to serve as the basis of admission. This means CV, copies of diplomas with grades and copies of any research papers that have been published or submitted for publication.
  5. A proposal for the main academic supervisor and a statement regarding the applicant’s proposed affiliation with an active research group. A confirmation from the proposed supervisor that he/she is willing to supervise the candidate’s doctoral project must be attached. If the proposed supervisor is external to the institution, a CV must be included.
  6. Plan for funding - including documentation of need for project costs.  Applicants with external funding must document full financing of their doctoral studies, including salary and project costs for the whole period.
  7. Any plans for a stay at another institution, including stay abroad.
  8. Plans for research dissemination, including whether the candidate plans to submit the thesis as a monograph or as a compilation of articles, as well as the candidate’s plans to present the thesis at national and international research
  9. Information about any restrictions on intellectual property rights intended to protect the rights of others that could prevent the doctoral thesis from being made available to the public or from being defended in a public forum. NIH may dismiss applications if the agreements on intellectual property rights that have been entered into will hinder public defense of the thesis or are so unreasonable that the institution should not be involved in the project.

Expert committee for review of applications

All qualified applications for enrollment in the PhD programme will be evaluated by an expert committee appointed by NIH. Committee for Research Education (KFU) will decide acceptance to the programme based on the committee's recommendation.

Exeption: An application based on a project description for one doctoral project, approved after review by NRC/Stiftelsen DAM/EU, does not need a new review.

Head of institution will propose the members of the committee.  Members of the expert committee must satisfy the same requirements as academic supervisors. 

Review process

  • KFU appoints the expert committee
  • The committee has three (3) seeks to review the doctorate project
  • The committee's evaulation is presented to KFU with a recommendation: acceptance to programme with or without comments regarding the project proposal, submitting a revised project or refusal of admission.
  • KFUs decision is forwarded to the candidate.  
  • If the project description is not approved, the candidate may submit one (1) revised project description. Deadline for resubmitting is 14 days. The same committee will review the resubmitted description.
  • If the candidate does not receive admission to the doctoral programme within three months from appointment to a research fellowship position, the candidate must resign his/her position.

An appeal of rejection for admission should be submitted to AFB before discussed by KFU. If KFU uphelds their desciscion, the complaint can be brought to Den sentrale klagenemd.

Applications clearly not meeting the requirements for admission cannot expected to be processed.