The Anglo-Norse Society in London offers various kinds of bursaries and grants:



1. The Dame Gillian Brown Postgraduate Scholarship


This scholarship set up in memory of Dame Gillian Brown, former Ambassador to Norway, and Chairman of the Anglo-Norse Society, is worth £2,000 and is intended to help towards the cost of one-year of postgraduate study in Norway in the field of Norwegian literature, history, music or translation studies.
Eligibility to apply is restricted to British subjects who have graduated with a good Honours degree or equivalent.
Students wishing to apply should download the application form below and should send details of their degree results, the course for which they intend to use the scholarships, and for which they should already have been accepted.

Deadline 31 March each year.


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Freja Burgess

Freja is currently in her first year of a two-year masters programme in medium and material based art at the National Academy of the Arts, Oslo. Having previously achieved First Class Honours in her BA  in Textiles at Manchester School of Art, she has now moved to Oslo to continue her education in art.

Freja focuses on the medium of fabric as a means of artistic expression. Her creative practice is based upon manual processes, choosing to work by hand; drawing, printing and dyeing, to generate instinctive and imaginative artworks. She draws inspiration from her observations and experiences around her, having recently moved from the UK to Norway, and translates these perceptions into tactile, printed textiles. To see some of her work, go to her website: your browser.


2. Bergen and Oslo Summer Schools


Specific awards may be made for attendance at the Bergen and Oslo summer schools, for which the deadline is 31 March. Applicants for a Summer School bursary should also ask for one reference to be sent directly to our address by the same date.


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3. Anglo-Norse Scholarship Scheme set up with the Royal College of Music

In 2016 The Anglo-Norse Society and the Royal College of Music set up a joint five-year scholarship scheme. The Anglo-Norse Scholarship worth £2,500 for one year is for a Norwegian student coming to  London to follow a postgraduate course. The recipient will be chosen by the Royal College of Music on the basis of the results achieved in the auditions at the RCM. 

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Erlend Vestby

Erlend is a cellist who completed his Masters in Performance with Distinction at the University of Stavanger (UiS),  where he also won the UiS Student Prize for his outstanding artistic and academic qualities and for contributing to an active artistic environment in Stavanger. Erlend has played in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts across Europe and  Asia. He is currently working as a substitute in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra as well as freelancing in  diverse professional chamber groups andsmall orchestras.. 








4. Scholarship Scheme set up with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

In 2017 the Anglo-Norse  set up a five-year scholarship scheme with NTNU whereby a British student accepted to study for a Master Degree at NTNU, and who has a First Class, or good Upper Second Class Degree may be awarded  a  one-year scholarship worth £2,500. The recipient to be chosen by NTNU on the basis of results obtained in their first degree and in consultation  with the Anglo-Norse Society. The third holder was announced in August 2019.


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Hamish Hay 

Hamish has a First Class degree in Engineering Design from the University of Bristol, and through this and subsequent work experience wants to address what he sees as basic human rights and entitlements, including the right to safe water, housing and economic security as enshrined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Appreciating that structural changes are needed to address these and other global issues and to play his part in solving them, he chose to apply for a place on the the Urban Ecological Planning MSc at NTNU. He hopes that this unique degree, along with his previous experience will give him the tools he needs to help address the challenges faced by people in a changing work, and that on completion of his MSc he will be in a position to help alleviate poverty, progress  the SDGs, and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable  world. 











5. Scholarship Scheme set up with the University of Tromsø

In 2017 the Anglo-Norse set up a five-year scholarship scheme with the University of Tromsø (UiT)  whereby a British student accepted to study for a Master Degree at UiT, and who has a First Class, or good Upper Second Class Degree may be awarded  a  one-year scholarship worth £2,500.  It is a condition of the scholarship that half the units  the recipient is registered to study must relate specifically to the Arctic. The scholarship holder will be chosen by the University of Tromsø on the basis of results obtained in their first degree and in consultation  with the Anglo-Norse Society. The second holder was announced in September 2018, and is profiled below.


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Fatema Lookmanjee 

Fatema graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with a degree in English Law with European Law. After writing her dissertation on the particular challenges facing the Arctic Ocean she looked for places in the UK where she could study international law with particular reference to the Law of the Sea, but could not find such a place. She was therefore very happy when she found a Masters programme at the University of Tromsø which specializes in precisely that topic. She hopes eventually to be able to use her qualification to effect change through policy and law to protect this vital part of the world.


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6. Other awards and Grants 

These may be made to assist study of, or research into, subjects with a specifically Norwegian content. The amount of these awards will depend upon the circumstances of the proposed study or project but will not normally exceed £500. There are two annual deadlines for these grants:  31 March and 30 September. Please send details of your project and your application to:



In the spring of 2019 the Society awarded grants towards the following: 

To a British mature student at UCL so that he could attend the University  of Oslo Language Summer School to keep up his Norwegian prior to going to Iceland for his Year Abroad, Icelandic being his main language.


To an outstanding British student currently studying for a DPhil in Old Norse Literature at Oxford University.

7. Scholarships and Grants offered by other organisations

City of London Bridge Ward Club Norwegian Business Scholars Trust, now in its 16th year, offers an annual scholarship to an outstanding Norwegian scholar at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo and Bergen, and gives the successful Scholar 6-7 weeks of placements in 3 different types of finnancial institution in the City of London in the Autumn, before the student goes on to study for a term at CASS City of London Business School.


CoScan, (the Confederation of Scandinavian Societies in the UK) offers small Travel Awards (£100-200) to help young British people to visit a Scandinavian country to undertake a worthwhile project of a broadly educational nature. More information can be found  on The closing date for applications is 31 March and the applcation form can be downloaded from