Fulbright in Norway

Fulbright in Norway

The U.S.- Norway Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchange is a bi-national foundation with a Board of Directors composed of four American and four Norwegian members. Governments of both nations support the program with annual allocations of funds.

The Fulbright Agreement between the United States of America and Norway was signed and entered into force on May 25th, 1949 in Oslo. Since the start of the program in Norway, about 1,245 Americans and 3,341 Norwegians have been awarded a Fulbright grant. The program was originally supported exclusively by American funding. Today approximately 70% of its funding comes from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the remainder from the American government.

Each year, approx. 50 Norwegians receive grants to study, teach or conduct research in the US, and approx. 30 Americans receive grants to do the same in Norway.

The Fulbright Program in Norway works closely with cooperating agencies in the selection, supervision and administration of particular grantee categories: The Institute of International Education (IIE) manages the graduate students program, while the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) manages the scholars program. The United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs oversees the program worldwide.

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board  (FSB), a 12-member presidentially-appointed body, provides policy guidance for the entire Fulbright program. It operates through the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.

The US-Norway Fulbright Foundation is located in Oslo. It has a staff of five and is responsible for the daily management of the Fulbright Program in Norway, which includes both Norwegian grantees going to the US and American grantees coming to Norway. In addition, it offers an extensive counseling service for Norwegians who would like to study in the U.S. The Counseling Center is open to the general public, not just Fulbright grantees. For more information about studying in the United States, please see the Education USA online information center.