University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science 2021-22 (Paid)

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Opportunity Details

  • Degree PH.D
  • No. of Opportunity 2
  • Fields of study Political Science
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Duration 4 Years
  • Gender MaleFemale
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 91263
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Opportunity Description

Fellowship description

Applications are open for the University of Oslo (UiO) Ph.D. Research Fellowship in Political Science. The Department of Political Science at UiO offers two Ph.D. Research Fellowships in (peace in conflict research). Successful candidates will work as Ph.D. Fellows on the project “Resilience Building: Social Resilience, Gendered Dynamics, and Local Peace in Prolonged Conflicts,” funded by the European Research Council. Furthermore, fellows will be part of the Faculty’s Ph.D. program, and the work undertaken will be expected to end up in a Ph.D. in Political Science.

Format of the program

Successful fellows will have a 25% teaching obligation in the Department where teaching is divided into five sections: public policy and administration, comparative politics, political theory, international politics, and research methods.


Application deadline: January 5, 2021

Online interview date (anticipated): 8-12 February 2021

Start date: 1 August 2021

Location: Norway

Host institution:  Department of Political Science of UiO

Duration: Four years


  • Salary NOK 482,200 – 526,000 per year depending on qualifications in a position as Ph.D. Research Fellow.
  • An enjoyable, exciting, and international working environment
  • Attractive welfare advantages and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its tremendous opportunities for cultural and outdoor activities
  • A travel and research funding for field research and participation in conferences and workshops
  • A marvelous work-life balance and access to Norway’s nonesuch public services and wellbeing facilities, including generous parental leave provision and affordable and reachable childcare.

About the research project

The Resilience Building project studies the reasons and repercussions of social resilience in prolonged armed conflicts, emphasizing on Nigeria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Kenya.

Moreover, it seeks how civilians and communities shape social resistance and adjust to conflict dynamics in ways that avoid or alleviate violence, how they keep the resilience and curb renewed vulnerability to conflict re-escalation, and also how social resilience affects peacebuilding and development.


Candidates with the following qualities can apply for the fellowship.


  • A Master’s degree in political science or a closely related field. To qualify for the position, the prior education must be equivalent to five years at the university level in Norway in a relevant field, with two years (120 credits) at the master’s level.
  • Outstanding verbal and written English language skills. The Ph.D. thesis will be written in English.
  • Independent and as well teamwork ability, and inclination to contribute to administrative and organizational working responsibilities, e.g., the organization of workshops, events, and other research and outreach activities.


Also, candidates having some of the following qualifications will be at an advantage:

(1) Understanding 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 carrying out research in one of the four countries (e.g. French for the Central African Republic)

(3) Methodological capabilities and training in qualitative and quantitative research techniques (specifically interviewing, survey research, statistics), and

(4) Personal fit and motivation for working within the project.

Note: Each applicant can only apply once.


In evaluating applications, academic and personal competencies, and the Ph.D. research outline will be carrying more weight than other disciplinary and general criteria. Therefore, the priority is to hire the applicant with the best outlook for developing into an exceptional researcher and contribute to the project’s research agenda and outcomes over the coming 4-year period.

How to apply

Eligible applicants may apply online.

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The application must comprise of:

  • A statement of motivation and research interests, clarifying why the candidate is well prepared for pursuing this Ph.D. project
  • A Ph.D. research plan (max.3000 words)
  • A CV (summary of education, prior positions, academic, and other pertinent work)
  • A copy of the Master’s dissertation
  • Copies of the Master’s degree diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must indicate the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis.
  • An official explanation of the scoring and credit system at your university translated into ECTS-credits
  • Names and contact details for two referees (name, relationship to candidate, e-mail, and phone number)

Note: Please note that all documents should be in English.

For further details of the fellowship and its complementary documents/terms, you may refer to the official link.

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