PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science

The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest education and research institution with 28 000 students and 7 000 employees. Its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally esteemed research communities make UiO an important contributor to society.

The Department of Political Science currently has 33 permanent academic staff members, 12 research fellows studying for PhDs, three assistant professors (postdoctoral fellows) and nine administrative employees. The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in political science. About 1 200 students are currently enrolled in Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD study programmes in political science. The department is also responsible for interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree programmes in International Studies, European Studies, and Public Administration and Leadership, as well as a Master’s degree programme in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science

PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science

About the position

The PhD project will be linked to the Centre of Excellence PluriCourts. The primary research objective of PluriCourts is to analyse and assess the legitimate current and future roles of the international courts and tribunals in the international and domestic order. For more information about PluriCourts, see:

PluriCourts is a Centre of Excellence based at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. The research fellow is expected to contribute to the Centre’s research and academic activities and to share her/his time between the Department of Political Science and PluriCourts. The research fellowship will be part of the Faculty of Social Sciences’ PhD programme, and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in political science.

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The appointment is either for a period of three years (with no teaching requirement), or 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, and research methods.


To be appointed to the position, the successful candidate must have a Master’s degree (preferably 120 ECTS credits) or an equivalent qualification in Political Science. In evaluating the applications, academic qualifications together with the project description will be given more weight than other disciplinary and general qualifications. Personal suitability will also be an important factor. Short-listed applicants will be called for interview.

Applicants must submit a project description of up to five pages outlining the research topic, the specific problems to be studied, the choice of scientific theory and method, and a realistic schedule for the study. It is a prerequisite that the candidate is able to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

See also the Regulations regarding the terms of employment for Research Fellowship positions

We offer

The electronic application must include:

  • Application letter
  • A project description which shows how the project will contribute to PluriCourts’ research plan. The proposal should include research question(s), choice of theoretical framework, research design, sources and methods.
  • CV
  • Copy of Master’s dissertation
  • Copies of transcripts
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee

(Questions regarding the electronic application form should be addressed to HR consultant Berit Trondsen, tel. 22855218)

About the evaluation process

A sorting committee will review the applications before the top candidates are further assessed by an evaluation committee. The evaluation committee’s report is expected to be ready by 30 November. The report will be sent to all applicants. The short-listed candidates will then be called for interview. The interviews are expected to take place in December. The departmental board will then make its final decision in January.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for all employees for the purpose of securing intellectual property rights to research results etc.

Pursuant to section 25 of the Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be disclosed to the public, even if the applicant has requested not to appear on the list of applicants.

As a state institution, we aim for a balanced age and gender composition of our staff and to recruit persons from ethnic minorities.

It is only permissible to hold one fixed-term position at the same institution.


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1 September 2013

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Ass. Head of Department Jostein Askim

Telephone: +47 22855169

For questions regarding PluriCourts Centre of Excellence: Professor Andreas Føllesdal, Director of PluriCourts Centre of Excellence

Telephone: +47 22842036/+47 22842001

Head of Department Dag Harald Claes

Telephone: +47 22857857

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