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PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science Universitetet i Oslo

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Job description

The Department of Political Science hereby announces three PhD Fellowships. We invite applications from excellent candidates in all sub-fields of political science, including public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international relations and research methods. The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 4 years, and has a 25% teaching component. The Department teaches in all the sub-fields mentioned above, and directs study programmes in Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies (PECOS), International Studies (INTER) and Public Administration and Leadership (OADM). As the department hosts the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), applications within the field of right-wing extremism are welcome. Candidates will be part of the Faculty's PhD program and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in Political Science.


Formal qualification requirements
  • The prior education must be equivalent of five years at the university level in Norway, with two years (120 credits) at the master's level in a relevant field. The MA thesis must have at least half a year’s workload/30ECTS.
  • The Master degree must include relevant education in research methods.
  • Successful candidates must document top grades and a MA Thesis of very high quality

Other qualifications:

  • English language skills
  • Personal suitability and motivation for working with the PhD project
We offer
  • Salary according to  "SKO 1017 PhD fellow" pay grade 54-59, NOK 491 200 - 534 400 per year
  • Budget for travel and research assistance (currently NOK 30 000 per year). Staff can apply for additional research support from the departement and faculty
  • An academically stimulating and international working environment
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace
  • A good pension scheme through the
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway´s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare
  • PhD fellows may acquire upon agreement

How to apply

The online application must include the following items:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), including a statement of motivation.
  • A research proposal (maximum 3000 words including references). The proposal should clarify the research theme, main research questions, how the research contributes to the existing literature, theoretical approach, methodology, and a timeline.
  • A CV summarizing education, positions, research and pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • Copy of Master’s thesis (in English or Scandinavian language).
  • Copies of transcripts: All applicants must submit their Master’s degree Diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis.
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university.
  • Names and contact details for 2-3 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). Reference letters not needed.

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system. Please follow the link “pply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application deadline is October 1, 2021. The screening and evaluation of the candidates will begin immediately. We expect the whole evaluation process, from the application date to an offer is made, to take about 5-8 weeks, depending on the number of applications. Expected starting month is January 2022 (or a mutually-agreed upon date). The evaluation of applications is based primarily on documented, academic qualifications (grades and quality of the Master’s thesis), the quality and relevance of the research proposal and the personal suitability of the candidate. The most promising candidates are invited to interviews.


Formal regulations

Please see the for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) pursuant to section 25, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

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

The University of Oslo has an for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

Head of Department: 

Acting Deputy Head of Department:

Questions regarding the electronic application form: HR officer





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Job description

The Department of Political Science hereby announces three PhD Fellowships. We invite applications from excellent candidates in all sub-fields of political science, including public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international relations and research methods. The appointment is for a fixed, non-tenured term of 4 years, and has a 25% teaching component. The Department teaches in all the sub-fields mentioned above, and directs study programmes in Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies (PECOS), International Studies (INTER) and Public Administration and Leadership (OADM). As the department hosts the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), applications within the field of right-wing extremism are welcome. Candidates will be part of the Faculty's PhD program and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in Political Science.


Formal qualification requirements
  • The prior education must be equivalent of five years at the university level in Norway, with two years (120 credits) at the master's level in a relevant field. The MA thesis must have at least half a year’s workload/30ECTS.
  • The Master degree must include relevant education in research methods.
  • Successful candidates must document top grades and a MA Thesis of very high quality

Other qualifications:

  • English language skills
  • Personal suitability and motivation for working with the PhD project
We offer
  • Salary according to  "SKO 1017 PhD fellow" pay grade 54-59, NOK 491 200 - 534 400 per year
  • Budget for travel and research assistance (currently NOK 30 000 per year). Staff can apply for additional research support from the departement and faculty
  • An academically stimulating and international working environment
  • A friendly and inclusive workplace
  • A good pension scheme through the
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway´s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare
  • PhD fellows may acquire upon agreement

How to apply

The online application must include the following items:

  • A cover letter (maximum 2 pages), including a statement of motivation.
  • A research proposal (maximum 3000 words including references). The proposal should clarify the research theme, main research questions, how the research contributes to the existing literature, theoretical approach, methodology, and a timeline.
  • A CV summarizing education, positions, research and pedagogical experience, administrative experience, and other qualifying activities.
  • Copy of Master’s thesis (in English or Scandinavian language).
  • Copies of transcripts: All applicants must submit their Master’s degree Diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis.
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university.
  • Names and contact details for 2-3 reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number). Reference letters not needed.

The application with attachments must be submitted in our electronic recruiting system. Please follow the link “pply for this job”. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

The application deadline is October 1, 2021. The screening and evaluation of the candidates will begin immediately. We expect the whole evaluation process, from the application date to an offer is made, to take about 5-8 weeks, depending on the number of applications. Expected starting month is January 2022 (or a mutually-agreed upon date). The evaluation of applications is based primarily on documented, academic qualifications (grades and quality of the Master’s thesis), the quality and relevance of the research proposal and the personal suitability of the candidate. The most promising candidates are invited to interviews.


Formal regulations

Please see the for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) pursuant to section 25, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results, etc.

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

The University of Oslo has an for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results etc.

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

Head of Department: 

Acting Deputy Head of Department:

Questions regarding the electronic application form: HR officer





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