PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science at the University of Oslo

  • Norway, Norway

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 13018
  • Degree PH.D
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Application Fee Required No

Opportunity Description


The Department of Political Science intends to recruit an excellent graduate with an MA degree in Political Science or other closely related fields such as Economics or Sociology. The appointed applicant will work as a PhD Fellow on the ERC project ‘The Emergence, Life, and Demise of Autocratic Regimes’ (ELDAR). The fellowship period is four years; 75% of the time will be allocated to research, 12.5% to project administration and another 12.5 % to teaching.

ELDAR will discover three aspects of autocratic politics: 1) the advent of autocratic regimes; 2) policymaking in autocracies in the areas of education, infrastructure, and industrial & social policies, and media regulation; and 3) autocratic regimes collapse. Moreover, the research project will address the priorities and capabilities of vital players in autocratic politics _the leader, groups supporting the regime, and mobilized opposing groups. The team members will study the particular and varying institutions that support autocratic regimes.

The project will run under the leadership of Professor Carl Henrik Knutsen and is sponsored by an ERC Consolidator Grant. The project team comprises several internationally leading scholars on autocratic politics and political regimes at the University of Oslo (UiO) and partner institutions. Being a member of ELDAR, the successful candidate will also be part of the Department’s internationally renowned research group on Comparative Institutions and Regimes (CIR).

Application deadline: October

Location: Norway

Employer: University of Oslo

Category: fellowship

Scope: full-time

Eligibility requirements

To be selected as a successful fellow, the applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must have completed a master’s degree (equivalent to 120 ECTS) or equivalent education in Political Science or abovementioned related fields;
  • The MA must include a thesis of at least half a year’s workload (30 ECTS), and training in research methodology;
  • The candidates have to, in a cover letter, elaborate on how his/her research interests suit those of the ELDER;
  • Applicants must also submit an individual project proposal within up to 2000 words shortly outlining the research topic, specific problem statement, data collection tools and data source to be used, the use of theory and methods for empirical analysis, and with a realistic research timeline);
  • The individual study project must belong to one or more topics studied in ELDAR;
  • The applicants may be expected to further expand their project with inputs from the project team if accepted for the program;


  • Salary NOK 479 600-523 200 (nearly.. 48 000 – 52 000 Euro) per year, dependent on qualifications, in a position of PhD Research fellow (position code 1017)
  • Fund for travel and research assistance
  • You will work with an internationally leading research team
  • A pleasant and encouraging working environment
  • good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Excellent welfare schemes, including likelihoods for University kindergarten
  • Oslo’s high quality of living and great opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities

Evaluation criteria:

  1. a) Academic qualifications would be weighed the most;
  2. b) Top grades of master’s degree and the quality of the MA thesis completed;
  3. c) The quality and fitness of the project proposal, and how this best fits with the lager ELDAR will also be significant in evaluating the candidates;

Considering the expected contributions of the successful Fellows to the larger project, the below-listed skills are important to have:

  1. Administrative and organizational skills
  2. Communication and cooperation skills
  3. Strong methodological capability
  4. Proficiency in English
  5. Statistical programs and programming skills
  6. Personal motivation and appropriateness for working with the project would be also given weight

Note: The evaluation of the applications will commence immediately and a short-list will be ready in June. Interviews with short-listed candidates will be conducted in early August. The position will be rendered from late August 2020.

How to apply?

The applications must be submitted in the university’s online recruiting system using the link “Apply for this job” at the top of the screen. Foreign candidates are advised to add a description of their university’s grading and credit system. Please remember that all documents should be in English or Scandinavian language alternatively.

What to include in the application?

  1. A cover letter stating your motivation and passion for research (max 1 page)
  2. A project description, including a progress plan (max 2000 words)
  3. A CV (summary of educations, positions, and academic work experience including publication(s)
  4. A copy of Master’s thesis
  5. Copies of transcript(s) and degree diploma, preferably with a class distribution of grades, and
  6. Other required attachments mentioned in the announcement

For further rules and regulations on appointment to UiO Fellowship and its terms, read here.

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