NFF Doctoral Initiative 2020-2021

Central to the mission of NFF – Nordiska Företagsekonomiska Föreningen, Nordic Academy of Management – is to stimulate research in business studies and the exchange of ideas across the Nordic countries.

The aim of the NFF Doctoral Initiative is to enable doctoral students and faculty members to come together in pan-Nordic doctoral courses and workshops.

During the Covid-19 crisis, NFF offers financial support to NFF member institutions wishing to offer a digital subject-based or methodology doctoral course as follows.


The course format must be fully digital and the doctoral course should be offered before the end of the academic year 2020-2021. The institution hosting the course (henceforth ‘the host institution’) will be the certificate awarding body and must ensure that the course complies with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The course must be between 4 and 8 ECTS credits. It need not be designed entirely from scratch as a digital course, but can be a transformation of an existing non-digital doctoral course.

The number of participants is minimum 7 and maximum 20. If the number of applicants exceeds 20, doctoral students from NFF member institutions take priority.

The course faculty must include academics affiliated with NFF member institutions from least two countries.

The financial support offered within the NFF Doctoral Initiative is paid directly to the host institution, which must be a NFF member. (Is my institution a member? See

The release of financial support is conditional on formal academic approval of the course by the host institution’s Director of Graduate Studies (or equivalent) no later than 2 months before the start of the course.



Conditional on meeting the above criteria, the host institution can claim:

  • €300 per course credit unit (or €1,200-2,400 for courses of 4-8 ECTS credit units), plus
  • €200 per participating doctoral student belonging to a NFF member institution, plus
  • €1,000 for development of digital content.


Submit your application by email to the NFF Secretariat (Secretary Harpa Dís Jónsdóttir, Please include the following information:

1) Duration and suggested timing of the course.

2) A course syllabus stating;

– The title and credits (ECTS) of the course,
– The aim of the course,
– Learning objectives,
– Learning material,
– Statement of learning activities and teaching methods
– Assessment
– Course plan, describing the schedule of every course day, and expected involvement
by the students.
– Short description of the IT solution that the organizers intend to use for the course.

3) The names and titles of the course head and intended faculty members (NB: The course
faculty shall include academics affiliated with NFF member institutions from at least two

4) A brief outline of how you plan to market the course and the target number of students
on the course. The NFF LinkedIn profile, webpage and email list are available to support you
in this.


The NFF Board will process applications in June, August, and October 2020, and in February 2021

Applications to be processed in June must be submitted by June 12. Applications for the August
and October meetings must be submitted by August 10 and October 12, respectively.

Applications to be processed in February 2021 must be submitted by February 28, respectively.

Applicants will be notified of the decision without delay.

Please contact NFF Secretary Harpa Dís Jónsdóttir