NFF Doctoral Courses

NFF sponsorship for PhD courses

Central to the mission of NFF is to stimulate research in business studies and the exchange of ideas across the Nordic countries. The NFF Doctoral Initiative aims to enable doctoral students and faculty members to come together in pan-Nordic doctoral courses and workshops.

NFF normally supports face-to-face courses, but during the Covid-19 crisis, we prioritize financial support to NFF member institutions wishing to offer digital subject-based or methodology doctoral courses following the criteria below.

As the pandemic situation allows, applications for face-to-face courses will be considered again. If you have questions about this, please consult NFF Secretary Harpa Dís (


The course format must be fully digital and the course should be planned to start within one year after being awarded NFF support. 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.

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 by NFF 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.
  • A short final report to NFF after the course has ended, including a formal course evaluation and an evaluation of the cross-country collaboration during the course.


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

  • €300 per course credit unit (€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) The target number of participating students and a brief outline of how you plan to market the course to reach this number. The NFF LinkedIn profile, webpage and email list are available to support you in this.



The NFF Board processes applications several times per year, next time on February 15, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the decision as soon as possible after the Board meeting, normally within 5 working days.


Please send any questions by email to NFF Secretary Harpa Dís