Doctoral Research Fellowship, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway

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Up to 20 PhD positions are announced at the Faculty of Humanities.

The Faculty has approximately 130 PhD students divided into seven departments:

  • Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History
  • Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages
  • Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas
  • Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
  • Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies
  • Department of Media and Communication
  • Department of Musicology

The advertised positions are open for all research fields at the Faculty of Humanities. In the actual processing of the applications, however, strategic considerations may be applied in the selection process, such as imminent need for recruitment within certain disciplines or subjects. The candidate’s doctoral project should affiliate with research at the Faculty, and it is essential that the faculty has the supervisory expertise and capacity in the field.

The appointment is for a period of 3 years and the doctoral thesis is expected to be completed within the given time frame.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work must result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development.

The Faculty offers one PhD programme in Humanities. This programme consists of seven different academic fields. The applicant must choose a field to be associated with and the selection of field determines which PhD committee who will consider the application.


  • A Master degree or equivalent. The master degree or equivalent has to be achieved by the time of application.

Qualifications and personal skills
In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on

  • The applicant’s academic and personal qualifications in order to execute the project
  • The applicant’s ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
  • The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may also be given preference.

We offer:

  • Pay grade 48-52 (NOK 391 100-418 300 per year), depending on qualifications
  • Professional development in a stimulating working environment
  • Good welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, in a word- or pdf-format:

  • Curriculum Vitae including grades
  • A list of published and unpublished work , if applicable
  • Research proposal

Research proposal
The research proposal must not exceed 14,000 characters including spaces and is expected to answer the following seven areas:

  1. Main objective and summary of the project
  2. Background of the project
  3. Theoretical framework
  4. Research question(s) and expected findings (hypothesis)
  5. Method
  6. Proposed dissemination
  7. Progress Plan

All research proposals must be based on this template and applications with a research proposal longer than 14,000 characters will not be considered. A list of publication no longer that 3000 characters can be submitted additional.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.Interviews will be part of the application process.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Application deadline: 1 September 2011

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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