Announcement of 1-2 grants for master students

Students interested in writing a master’s thesis in 2023/24 as part of the research project “Exploring the Insanity Defense in the Global South” can apply for a grant of NOK 40,000. We welcome students from all Faculties at the UiB.

Exploring the Insanity Defense in the Global South” is a pilot project funded through the UiB / CMI collaboration fund, led by Professor of Law Linda Gröning. The project will conduct research on how different countries across the globe handle mentally ill offenders within the criminal law, as well as exploring the broader mental health systems and practices, and social and cultural conditions.

The research will be comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing on methodological approaches from law, anthropology, psychiatry, social science and philosophy. The project team welcomes Master’s student interested in writing their thesis related to the project topic. The project will have a main focus on Tanzania, Colombia and Brazil, but students are also welcome to focus on other countries in their thesis.

In addition to a grant of 40,000 NOK you will be offered supervision from the senior project member on your thesis and be invited to participate at project events.

How to apply?

Applications must be sent by email to project coordinator before May 15th. Please include a short explanation of your motivation for writing a thesis within the project, a short CV, copy of university grades and a project description. The project description should include a description of the suggested topic, research question and method for the master’s project.

Label the email “Master’s grant 2023/2024”.

Interested students are welcome to contact coordinator before applying to discuss their research ideas.

Assessment criteria and requirements

The assessment will place emphasis on the quality and relevance of the project description for the “Exploring the Insanity Defense in the Global South”, in addition to the student’s motivation and qualifications for carrying out the master’s project.

For students who write a master’s thesis that is less than 60 credits, the grant will be reduced accordingly.