PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science University of Oslo, Department of Political Science Norway

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 Political Science is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences and conducts research, teaching and dissemination. The Department currently has 33 permanent academic staff members, 13 research fellows conducting PhDs, six assistant professors (postdoctoral fellows) and ten administrative employees. About 1100 students are currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study programmes in political science, as well as the interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programmes in International Studies and Public Administration and Leadership, and the Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. The department is the host of C-REX Center for Research on Extremism.


PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science


About the positions


The Department of Political Science hereby announces two vacant positions as PhD Research Fellow. The persons appointed may choose between a three year-appointment with no teaching requirement, or an appointment for a period of four years with a 25 per cent teaching requirement. In the Department of Political Science teaching is organized into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international politics, and research methods. Candidates will be part of the Faculty's PhD programme and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in Political Science.




To be appointed to the position, the successful candidates must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) in Political Science. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, and training in research methodology. In evaluating applications, academic qualifications and the project outline will be given more weight than other disciplinary and general qualifications. Successful candidates must document top grades and an MA Thesis of the highest quality. Personal suitability will also be an important factor. Short-listed applicants will be called for interview.


Applicants must submit a project description of up to 3000 words outlining the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, the sources of data to be used, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule that details how the project will be completed within the fellowship period.


See also the Regulations on terms of employment for Research Fellowship positions


We offer

  • Salary according to "SKO 1017 stipendiat", NOK 436 900 – 490 900
  • A pleasant and stimulating working environment
  • An attractive pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Excellent staff welfare schemes


The electronic application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Project description
  • CV
  • Copy of Master’s dissertation
  • 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, translated into ECTS-credits
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee
  • Please note: All documentation, the Master’s dissertation included, must be in English or in a Scandinavian language (or translated into English/Scandinavian by a certified translator).


About the evaluation process


An application committee will review the applications before the top candidates are further assessed by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committee’s report is expected to be ready by 30 November. The report will be sent to all applicants. The short-listed candidates will then be called for interview. The interviews are expected to take place in December. The departmental board will then make its final decision in January.


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.


Pursuant to section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.


As a state institution, we aim for a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons from ethnic minorities.


It is only permissible to hold one fixed-term position at the same institution.


Application deadline: 1 September 2017



  • Head of Department, Professor Anne Julie Semb 
    Telephone: +47 22 85 61 25
  • Assistant Head of Department, Associate Professor Jostein Askim 
    Telephone: +47 22 85 51 69
  • Questions regarding the electronic application form: HR consultant Mette Frydendal

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