Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in South Asia Studies at University of Oslo

Deadline: 11 April 2016
Open to: holders of PhD degree within South Asian studies or a relevant discipline within the humanities or social sciences
Fellowship: salary level 57-65 (NOK 483,700 – 560,700, depending on qualifications)


A Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in South Asian Studies is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo. IKOS seeks to recruit a scholar with research qualifications on religion and/or politics in South Asia and with a research project relevant for the department’s collaboration on the rise of blasphemy accusations.

The post-doctoral research fellowship period is three years. There is a 10 % component of the position which is devoted to teaching and administrative duties.

The successful candidate is expected to take active part in relevant research activities and networks at the department, within and beyond the South Asia section. The candidate is expected to stay in Oslo for the duration of the fellowship, except during data collection and shorter periods as visiting scholar at renowned universities abroad.


  • Completed PhD degree within South Asian studies or a relevant discipline within the humanities or social sciences;
  • Have background in religious studies, history, social anthropology or South Asian language studies are particularly welcome;
  • Have in-depth knowledge of and research experience from one of the South Asian countries;
  • Competence in the South Asian language relevant for the proposed research project.

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

  • The thematic relevance, academic quality, and originality of the proposed research project;
  • Quality of academic publications;
  • Personal suitability, strong motivation, collaboration skills, and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic research environments.


  • Salary level 57-65, NOK 483,700 – 560,700 (EUR 51,205 – 59,357), depending on qualifications;
  • A professionally stimulating working environment;
  • Attractive welfare benefits.

How to apply?

Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (maximum 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions);
  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • List of publications;
  • Summary of PhD dissertation (up to 5 pages);
  • Transcript of records of PhD and Master’s degrees; foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

See also the Guidelines for appointments to post doctoral and research posts.

Short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview at the University of Oslo or they will have interview on Skype.

For more information please visit the official webpage.

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