Write your thesis in collaboration with a regional organization

Are you a student and planning to write your bachelor's or master's thesis?

As a student, you can apply for a travel scholarship if you will be writing your thesis (project assignment, bachelor's or master's thesis) in collaboration with a regional organization. It can be a company, organization, or an institution within public administration, such as the municipality, county authority or federal government. The organization must be located in one of the following regions: Skaun, Orkdal, Melhus, Klæbu, Stjørdal, Leksvik, Rissa, Midtre Gauldal or Malvik. You can apply for a scholarship of up to NOK 4000. This covers documented costs relating to transportation, accommodation, the rental of laboratories, etc. The goal of the scholarship is to strengthen collaboration between NTNU/HiST and industry/public institutions in the region.

For funding of local collaboration beyond this region, it is also possible to apply for travel scholarships trough Distriktsforsk

Criteria for receiving funding

  • The student must be writing his/her project assignment, bachelor's or master's thesis at NTNU/HiST
  • The student must be writing his/her project in collaboration with an organization from the Trondheim Region (but outside of the Trondheim municipality). In other words, from one of the following areas: Skaun, Orkdal, Melhus, Klæbu, Stjørdal, Leksvik, Rissa, Midtre Gauldal or Malvik


  1. Find CASE: Contact an organization you wish to collaborate with (from one of the applicable regions) 
  2. Confirm with your supervisor that the collaboration will fulfil all relevant academic criteria
  3. Apply for funding: Application for travel scholarship
  4. Send the completed application to: kontakt@bridge.ntnu.no
  5. Complete a FUNDING REPORT - see below

The funds are earmarked for:

  • Travel costs (transportation, food and accommodation) directly related to the project
  • Other operational expenditures directly related to the project (costs related to lab rental, research, etc.)

Once your application has been approved, this gives you the right to obtain a refund for travel expenses of up to NOK 4000. You cover all travels costs initially and obtain a refund upon presenting all travel receipts.
After your trip, you are required to submit a report and all relevant receipts.

How do I complete the FUNDING REPORT?

  • Write a summary of the project's subject matter - half an A4 page
  • Submit an itemized budget as well as the total cost of the trip
  • Attach original copies of all relevant receipts

Send to:
Rectors staff for Innovation
Marked: Report, Travel Scholarship Trondheimsregionen
v/ Simon Lie
Høyskoleringen 1

All questions relating to the scholarship can be sent to: kontakt@bridge.ntnu.no

The travel scholarship will be awarded according to the aforementioned criteria on an ongoing basis: so first come, first served! :)

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Master's thesis

The master's thesis is an assignment of higher academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. It marks the end of a five-year course of study. The assignment normally lasts 6-12 months and is finished before summer. The task is usually individual. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. A thesis provides a thorough assessment of a problem, and often implies the collection and analysis of new data.

Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor’s thesis is an assignment of lower academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. A bachelor thesis usually lasts up to six months and is part of a three-year bachelor's degree. The task can be solved individually or by a group. The student usually has other subjects while writing the bachelor thesis. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. The thesis has less academic weight as a master's thesis, and is often more practical oriented.

Project assignment

The project assignment is often a shorter pre-study for a bachelor's or master's thesis, or a group project linked to practical work. The assignment usually runs over a shorter period. Many students do their project assignment and master’s thesis on the same topic. Some also link their project assignment to summer work. The assignment can be used to resolve specific tasks or do preliminary studies for a larger project.

Supervised professional training

Supervised professional training can be both paid and unpaid. Many study programs require the student to conduct 6-12 weeks of practical work in addition to their studies. Others have professional training or fieldwork as part of subjects. Contents vary from pure vocational training to practical work with an academic end product. Supervised professional training can be executed as one-off projects, or through long term commitment with a department.

Summer work

Summer work is usually full-time work done during the students' summer break (June-August). Many students do their mandatory practice work as summer work. This is paid employment.

Part-time work

Work that can be combined with studies, such as weekend- and evening work. It does not have to be academically relevant.

Full-time work

Work that cannot be combined with studies. Relevant for students who have earned their degree.

Internship / Trainee

Full Time work especially tailored for recently graduated students. usually a program of limited duration that includes job training and supervised learning.


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