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Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA)
Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA) provides financial support for developing and running Master’s degree programmes in developing countries through equal partnerships between local and Norwegian higher education institutions. NOMA is financed by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), and managed by Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU). NOMA replaces the Norad Fellowship Programme which has existed for forty years.

NOMA is a programme for educational cooperation based on equal partnerships between higher education institutions in Norway and in the South. The programme was established in 2006, and the current period runs until 2014. By then, NOMA will be replaced by NORHED, Norad’s new programme for capacity building in higher education and research in low and middle income countries.

The goal of NOMA is to contribute to the education of staff in public and private sectors as well as civil society in selected developing countries. This is achieved through building capacity at the Master’s level in higher education institutions in the South.

Who may apply?
The NOMA Programme Board has allocated all available funds for the programme period 2006-2014. The programme is therefore not open to applications for new projects.

The Quota Scheme 
This is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from developing countries and Eastern Europe for studies at institutions of Higher Education in Norway. The Quota Programme aims at offering specially designed, English-taught master degrees or one year programmes offering optional courses within a specific subject. It also offers funding to doctoral programme students.

Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NORHED)
NORHED is a programme launched by Norad (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) in 2012. The aim of the programme is to strengthen capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) to educate more and better qualified candidates, and to increase quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’ own researchers.

The International Summer School (ISS)
The International Summer School (ISS) is a centre for learning in an international context, offering a wide variety of  intensive Master's and Bachelor's courses. Every year the ISS welcomes more than 550 Norwegian and international students from over 85 countries who are offered the opportunity to participate in its activities for six weeks, from the end of June until the beginning of August.

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