Economic support during your sabbatical

On this page you can find information about economic support from NTNU during your sabbatical leave. You need to have applied and been granted a sabbatical leave to be able to apply for economic support.

The system of economic support described on this page will be fully established during the next three years. Variations between faculties may occur in this period.

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Economic support during sabbatical leave abroad

NTNU awards mobility grants based on fixed amounts for academics who spend all or part of their sabbatical abroad if no other support has been granted. NTNU’s mobility grant is intended to cover start-up and additional costs involved in travel abroad and is not meant to fund the research project.

Academics intending to go abroad must, before leaving, sign an individual contract with NTNU. This contract specifies the arrangements surrounding the sabbatical, as well as details concerning the financial support.


NTNU’s mobility grant is based on the Research Council of Norway’s rates (see the list below): (a) applies if you are travelling alone; (c) applies if you are travelling with your spouse/registered partner and child (three or more people). In addition, NTNU offers a third rate, (b), if you are travelling with your spouse/registered partner or one child (two people in total), in this case, the rate in (a) is increased by 37,5%.

NTNU’s mobility grant is provided according to the following breakdown per month, if no other funding has been granted. Rates per 01.12.2024:

a) The academic travel alone, 1 person = NOK 23 000 per month.

b) The academic travel together with spouse/registered partner or one child, 2 people = 31 625 per month

c) The academic travel together with spouse/registered partner and child, 3 or more people = NOK 39 000 per month.

NTNU will also cover one return journey via the cheapest mode of travel for the academic and accompanying family/registered partner, unless other support has been granted.

Coverage of travel expenses for accompanying family members requires the family members to stay with the academic abroad for minimum 3 months. NTNU does not cover travel expenses for the family to visit the academic abroad.

NTNUs mobility grant is intended to cover start-up and additional costs involved in travel abroad and is not intended to fund research projects. If the academic does not have additional expenses abroad for housing, the mobility grant may be reduced by 30%. This can e.g. apply where the academic has free housing, or lives in his private house during the sabbatical.

A child, accompanying his/her parent on a sabbatical leave abroad, is a child under 18 years old, or that still is in High School (Norwegian videregående skole).

The mobility grant, and the travel expenses will be paid according to actual stay abroad and status (length of stay and accompanying family member).

Find information on how the mobility grant is handled at NTNU (in Norwegian).

Additional support

In addition, funding will be provided for the following documented expenses on application:

  • Paid-up policy to spouse/registered partner who loses salary income during the stay abroad with a value of up to NOK 300 000 (expenses of such a policy must not exceed NOK 25 000 per year).
  • Educational scholarship for spouse/registered partner of up to NOK 20 000 per year.
  • Health insurance if this is not satisfactorily covered by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)/Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK) (for the academic/spouse/registered partner/children. Maximum amount NOK 30 000 per year per family).
  • Tax advice from a tax expert of up to NOK 10 000 per stay (requires minimum 6 months’ stay abroad).

Duty to apply for mobility funding from external sources

Academics travelling abroad have a duty to apply for mobility funding from external sources if these exist. NTNU’s mobility grant will be reduced by other grants awarded to cover start-up and additional costs for the same period abroad.

Apply for travel advance?

Go to Travel advance mobility grant

Help and administrative support

Academics who have been granted a sabbatical with stay abroad are offered assistance in the following main areas:

  • Funding schemes.
  • Legal and administrative applications (Tax, NAV).
  • Administrative, health-related and immigration-related areas.
  • Financial and tax-related questions, including budget and payment.
  • Practical assistance related to housing, schools and day-care facilities.
  • Cultural and family-related questions.
  • Contact system, established between NTNU researchers who have been and those who are to travel abroad (primarily same country/institution).