Four Doctoral Research Fellowships

University of Oslo
February 28, 2023
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Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages

Four Doctoral Research Fellowships Job description

Four Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) are available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo.

The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages has 59 tenured academic staff and 40 temporary academic staff. Its ongoing research covers a wide range of topics under the broad rubrics of religious studies, cultural history and culture, politics, and history of Asia and the Middle East.

Candidates will apply with an individual research project. This project needs to be thematically relevant to the department to such an extent that it may be supervised by the department's faculty. Applicants must contact a faculty member and seek their approval before submitting the application. For information about ongoing research, please visit the department's project website and those of individual faculty members. Projects that speak to the research interests of more than one academic staff member will be preferred. The Department with its PhD programme is a uniquely interdisciplinary research environment, and projects that transcend disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged.

The successful candidates are expected to join the existing research milieu and contribute to its development. In addition to their own research, they will take part in ongoing research related activities at the department and the section.

The PhD candidates appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty of Humanities's PhD training programme. The academic work is to result in a doctoral dissertation that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. Read more about the doctoral degree here.

The PhD candidates will start on 14 August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. The appointment is for a duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

Qualification requirements
  • A Master's degree or equivalent in a discipline relevant for the project. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English, see Language requirements
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.
  • The necessary competencies and skills (such as language) for the research project.
  • To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, at a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master's degree or equivalent), including a Master's thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme's scope and quality.

    In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit and innovation
  • The project's relevance to one or more research environments at IKOS
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the timeframe
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills
  • Ability to participate in an interdisciplinary academic community
  • We offer
  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A professionally stimulating working environment
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • How to apply

    The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant's qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
  • Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

    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.

    The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”.

    Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

    Formal regulations

    See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

    Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

    The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

    The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

    Contact information

    For questions about the position:

  • Head of Research Jacob Høigilt
  • For questions on how to apply:

  • HR Officer Natali Helgesen
  • About the University of Oslo

    The University of Oslo is Norway's oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

    The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (abbreviated IKOS from its Norwegian name) is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities. The Department has a broad competency in the study of religion and culture and in language based area studies of South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. IKOS also hosts the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities. The Department has several study programmes at both BA and MA levels. Among the Department's 110 employees about 40 are PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows.


    28th February 2023


    University of Oslo




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