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Fully Funded PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science - University of Oslo, Norway

PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science – Norway

  • University of Oslo
  • NOK 482,200 – 526,000 per annum
  • Norway
  • Political Science
  • International Students
  • January 05, 2021

Applications are invited for Fully Funded PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science (peace and conflict research) at the University of Oslo, Norway.


The Department of Political Science hereby announces two vacant positions for PhD Research Fellowships. The appointment is for a period of four years with a 25% teaching requirement. In the Department, teaching is organized into five sections:

  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory
  • International Politics
  • Research Methods

The ResilienceBuilding project investigates the causes and consequences of social resilience in protracted armed conflicts, with a focus on Nigeria, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kenya. It asks how civilians and communities develop social resilience and adapt to conflict dynamics in ways that prevent or mitigate violence, how they maintain resilience and prevent renewed vulnerability to conflict re-escalation, and how social resilience impacts peacebuilding and development.

The project is headed by Associate Professor Jana Krause and funded by an ERC Starting Grant, running from 2020-2025. We encourage applicants to read about the project in the project proposal.


Successful research fellow will receive the following benefits:

  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research Fellow
  • A pleasant, stimulating and international working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities
  • A travel and research budget for field research and participation in conferences and workshops
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway’s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordale and accessible childcare
  • PhD Fellows may acquire pedagogical competency 


To be eligible for PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science, applicants must have:

  • A Master’s degree in Political Science or closely related discipline. To be appointed to the position, the prior education must be equivalent of five years at the university level in Norway in a relevant field, with two years (120 credits) at the master’s level. In case of completion of a shorter MA degree, extra course work on the graduate level and other research training and experience may be taken into consideration. Successful candidates must document top grades and an MA Thesis of high quality.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills. The PhD thesis will be written in English.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, and willingness to contribute to administrative and organizational project tasks, such as the organization of workshops, conferences, and other research and outreach collaborations.
  • Applicants must submit a doctoral research plan of up to 3000 words outlining one or more of the topics studied in ResilienceBuilding in relation to one or more of the country case studies (Nigeria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Kenya). The research plan should specify the problems to be studied, motivation and relevance, the research methods to be used, and – if relevant – prior related research experience. Successful applicants should expect to further develop their research plan with inputs from the project leader and the research team.


For PhD Research Fellowships in Political Science, applicants are required to include:

  • A cover letter statement of motivation and research interests, explaining why the candidate is well prepared for pursuing this PhD project
  • A PhD research plan (max.3000 words)
  • A Curriculum Vitae (summarizing education, previous positions, academic and other relevant work)
  • A Copy of the 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.
  • An official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university translated into ECTS-credits
  • Names and contact details for two reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)


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