Norway Embassy In Tanzania Scholarship

Unveiling Opportunities: Scholarships and Support for Tanzanian Students in Norway

While the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Tanzania doesn’t directly offer scholarships, this comprehensive guide explores alternative avenues for Tanzanian students seeking financial aid to pursue Master’s degrees in Norway

The allure of a world-class education amidst breathtaking fjords and vibrant cities draws many Tanzanian students to Norway for their Master’s degrees. However, navigating the intricacies of financing these studies can be challenging. Let’s delve into a multitude of scholarship options and support mechanisms to empower your academic journey in Norway:

Norwegian Government Scholarships

The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research (MŠST) offers scholarships specifically for international students from non-Programme Countries (countries outside the European Economic Area) pursuing Master’s degrees in fields aligned with Norway’s national priorities.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Tanzanian citizenship
  • Outstanding academic record in your Bachelor’s degree (typically a high GPA)
  • A Master’s program application at a recognized Norwegian university
  • Alignment of your chosen field of study with Norway’s national priorities (research these priorities on the MŠST website)


  • These scholarships can be full or partial, covering tuition fees and, in some cases, living expenses.
  • Imagine the freedom of focusing on your academic pursuits without the burden of overwhelming financial constraints.

Application Process:

  • Application deadlines and required materials can vary.

University Scholarships

Many Norwegian universities offer merit-based or need-based scholarships specifically for international Master’s students, including those from Tanzania. These scholarships can vary in amount and coverage, but they can significantly reduce your financial burden.

  • Exploring University Scholarships: Research the scholarship sections of individual university websites for details on available scholarships and application procedures. Here are some examples:
    • University of Oslo Scholarships: The University of Oslo offers a variety of merit-based scholarships for international students, with some specifically targeting outstanding students from developing countries. Imagine yourself excelling academically and being recognized for your potential through a scholarship from this prestigious university.
    • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Scholarships: NTNU offers a range of scholarships for international students, including some that cover full tuition fees and living expenses. Imagine the transformative experience of studying at a top-ranked university in Norway with the financial support to fully immerse yourself in academic pursuits and cultural exploration.
    • BI Norwegian Business School Scholarships: BI Norwegian Business School offers merit-based scholarships for international students in various Master’s programs. Imagine propelling your career in business or finance with a scholarship from a leading business school in Norway.

Subject-Specific Scholarships

Organizations, foundations, or professional associations related to your field of study might offer scholarships specifically for international Master’s students, including those from Tanzania. Researching these entities and their scholarship opportunities can lead to highly targeted funding aligned with your academic goals.

Examples of Subject-Specific Scholarship Providers:

  • Engineering and Technology:
    • Research Councils of Norway (RCN) Thematic Grants: The RCN offers thematic grants for international students pursuing Master’s degrees in priority research areas for Norway, such as sustainable energy, marine technology, and digitalization. These grants can cover full tuition fees and living expenses. Imagine contributing to cutting-edge research projects while receiving financial support for your Master’s studies, potentially laying the groundwork for a future career focused on solving global challenges.
  • Social Sciences and Humanities:

    • Fulbright Norway Scholarships: Fulbright Norway offers scholarships for outstanding students from Tanzania (and other countries) to pursue Master’s degrees in Norway across various social science and humanities disciplines. They also offer scholarships for Norwegian students studying in the US. Imagine the unique opportunity to delve into critical social or cultural issues in Norway through a prestigious scholarship program like Fulbright. This scholarship can not only provide financial support but also allow you to build relationships with American and Norwegian peers, fostering a global network of future leaders and scholars.
    • The Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) Scholarships: The CMI, a leading Norwegian institute for development research, offers scholarships for Master’s students from developing countries pursuing studies relevant to development research. Imagine delving into critical social and economic issues while receiving financial support that allows you to focus on your academic pursuits. This scholarship can equip you with the knowledge and expertise to tackle complex development challenges in Tanzania and beyond.
  • Business and Economics:

    • While information on specific scholarships for Tanzanian students might be limited, explore the scholarship section of BI Norwegian Business School: They might offer scholarships for students from developing countries, potentially covering a portion of tuition fees. Additionally, research scholarship opportunities offered by organizations or foundations related to business and economics in Tanzania or Norway. These scholarships can provide financial support while also connecting you with relevant professional networks in your field.

Additional Considerations for Tanzanian Students 

  • Language Requirements: While English is the language of instruction for many Master’s programs in Norway, some programs might require proficiency in Norwegian as well. Ensure you meet the language requirements specified by your chosen university and scholarship program. Resources like language courses or proficiency tests can help you achieve the required language level.

  • Application Deadlines: Scholarship deadlines can vary significantly. Start researching and planning early, ideally a year before your intended Master’s program start date.

  • Financial Aid Beyond Scholarships: (This section builds upon the previous content from Norway embassy scholarships)

    While securing a scholarship that covers full tuition fees is ideal, other financial aid options can ease the financial burden of pursuing a Master’s degree in Norway:

  • Part-Time Work: International students with valid student visas are permitted to work part-time (up to 20 hours per week) during semesters and full-time during breaks. Explore on-campus job opportunities, freelance work (if your visa permits), or part-time jobs related to your field of study.

  • Here are some resources to find part-time jobs in Norway: 

    • Jobbsafari: A popular Norwegian job search website.

    • Finn:A leading classifieds website in Norway with a job search section.

    • Tanzania Students’ Association in Norway (TSAN): Research the existence of such an organization and explore if they offer resources or job boards specifically for Tanzanian students. 

  • Student Loans: For some Tanzanian students, education loans specifically designed for international studies might be an option. Research loan options offered by banks in Tanzania or those with partnerships with Norwegian universities. Carefully examine loan terms and interest rates before committing to this option.

  • Work & Study Programs: Some universities in Norway offer work & study programs that combine academic studies with paid internships or work placements. These programs can provide valuable work experience and help offset some living expenses. Research work & study opportunities offered by universities in your chosen field.

  • Living Stipends: Some research-based Master’s programs might offer living stipends to students involved in research projects. 

Building a Support Network and Beyond

Connecting with a support network in Norway can be invaluable for Tanzanian students. Here are some resources and suggestions:

  • Tanzanian Embassy in Norway:

    The Tanzanian embassy in Norway can provide assistance and guidance to Tanzanian students living in Norway. They might offer resources or organize events specifically for the Tanzanian student community.

  • Tanzania Students’ Association in Norway (TSAN):

    Research the existence of a Tanzanian Students’ Association in Norway (TSAN) or a similar organization. These associations can be a great way to connect with other Tanzanian students, share experiences, and build friendships. They might also offer resources or guidance specific to Tanzanian students navigating the Norwegian education system.

  • International Student Organizations:

    Universities in Norway often have international student organizations that provide support and resources for international students. These organizations can be a great way to connect with students from other countries, share experiences, and build friendships.

  • Online Communities:

    Several online communities or forums cater to Tanzanian students studying abroad. These platforms can be a source of information, support, and a way to connect with fellow Tanzanians facing similar experiences.

Maximizing Your Scholarship Chances

Obtaining a free scholarship requires a strategic approach and a compelling application. Here are some key steps to increase your chances of success:

  • Start Early and Research Thoroughly:

    Begin researching scholarship opportunities at least a year before your intended Master’s program start date. This allows ample time to identify relevant programs, understand eligibility criteria, prepare application materials, and potentially contact scholarship providers for clarification.

  • Craft a Compelling Academic Record:

    Maintain excellent academic performance throughout your Bachelor’s degree. Aim for a high GPA, as it demonstrates your academic potential and strengthens your scholarship application.

  • Develop a Powerful Motivation Letter:

    Dedicate time to crafting a well-written motivation letter that clearly articulates your academic goals, research interests, and reasons for pursuing a Master’s degree in Norway. Highlight how your studies align with the specific scholarship program’s objectives and how your experience will contribute to your chosen field. Emphasize your unique strengths, any relevant work experience, and a clear vision for your future career path.

  • Demonstrate Strong Language Skills:

    Ensure you meet the required level of English or Norwegian language proficiency, depending on the program’s specifications. Consider taking language courses or proficiency tests like TOEFL or IELTS to improve your scores if necessary.

  • Tailor Your Application to Each Scholarship:

    Don’t submit a generic application to every scholarship program. Research each program’s specific requirements and tailor your application accordingly. Highlight aspects of your background and goals that resonate with the individual scholarship’s objectives.

  • Seek Guidance from Your University:

    Don’t hesitate to seek advice and support from your university’s international office or study abroad advisors. They can provide valuable guidance on navigating the application process, understanding eligibility requirements, and crafting a competitive application.

  • Prepare for Potential Interviews:

    Some universities or scholarship providers might conduct interviews as part of the selection process. Research common interview questions and prepare clear, concise responses that showcase your knowledge, passion for your field of study, and suitability for the scholarship program. Showcase your enthusiasm, articulate communication skills, and ability to contribute meaningfully to the academic environment in Norway.

Cultural Integration and Beyond

  • Visa Requirements:

    Secure the appropriate student visa before traveling to Norway. Research visa requirements and application procedures well in advance to avoid delays. The Tanzanian embassy in Norway or the Norwegian embassy in Tanzania can provide you with detailed information.

  • Health Insurance:

    Ensure you have adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of your studies in Norway. Some scholarships might include health insurance, while others might require you to arrange your own coverage. Familiarize yourself with Norway’s healthcare system and explore student health insurance options.

  • Cultural Integration:

    Embrace the opportunity to immerse yourself in Norwegian culture. Learn basic Norwegian phrases, participate in cultural events, and interact with local Norwegians. This openness to cultural exchange will enrich your experience and foster a sense of belonging in your new environment.