University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science 2021/2022

Deadline: 6 January 2021
Open to: all graduates with a Master’s degree in political science or closely related discipline
Benefits: fully-funded


The Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo hereby announces two vacant positions for PhD Research Fellowships (SKO 1017). 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, and research methods. The successful applicants will work as PhD Fellows on the project “ResilienceBuilding: Social Resilience, Gendered Dynamics, and Local Peace in Protracted Conflicts”, funded by the European Research Council. 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.



  • 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 more information please see Guidelines for application and admission.


  • In addition, candidates with some of the following qualifications will be at an advantage: (1) Knowledge of politics or research experience in one of the project’s country cases and willingness to conduct fieldwork in at least one of them; (2) language skills relevant for conducting research in one of the four countries (e.g. French for the Central African Republic) (3) methodological competencies and training in qualitative and quantitative research methods (particularly interviewing, survey research, statistics), and (4) personal suitability and motivation for working within the project.
  • In evaluating applications, academic and personal qualifications and the PhD research outline will be given more weight than other disciplinary and general qualifications. The intention is to recruit the candidate who has the best prospects for developing into an excellent researcher and for contributing to the project’s research agenda and outputs over the coming 4-year period.


  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research Fellow (position code 1017)
  • 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 affordable and accessible childcare

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.