3 PhD Postions in Political Sciences at the Univ. of Oslo

Deadline: 1 September 2015
Open to: applicants with MA or an equivalent in Political Science
Fellowship: NOK 430 500– 459 700, (approximately EUR 47,261 – 50,466) per annum


The Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo hereby announces three 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;
  • 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. 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.


To be appointed for the position, the successful candidate must have a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or an equivalent qualification 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.


The position is remunerated by salary of the level 50 – 54, NOK 430,500 – 459,700, (approximately EUR 47,261 – 50,466) depending on qualifications. Moreover, research fellow will obtain an attractive pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 1 September 2015. Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application:

  • 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. This documentation must be in English or in a Scandinavian language (or translated into English/Scandinavian by a certified translator). The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis;
  • Official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university, preferably translated into ECTS-credits;
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.

For more information please visit the official website.

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