University of Oslo Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Project Between Runes and Manuscripts 2017, Norway

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2017

Deadline: May 01, 2017

Doctoral research fellowship in the project Between runes and manuscripts

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in the project Between runes and manuscripts (Bokstavar mellom runer og manuskript) is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN), University of Oslo. The project group is part of a research group for runology and Old Norse and Celtic philology at the ILN. The milieu has several ongoing projects and frequent meetings including both senior and junior researchers.

Between runes and manuscripts is a project funded by The Research Council of Norway, and will start in August 2017. The project will provide a comprehensive study of Roman-alphabet inscriptions from the Norwegian Viking and Middle Ages. Research on early Norwegian text and script history has so far focused on manuscripts and runic inscriptions, and little attention has been given to the Roman-alphabet inscriptions.

The main focus of Between runes and manuscripts is on Norway and inscriptions found there, but with a comparative view to the rest of Scandinavia and The British Isles. The PhD Fellow will contribute to a database of the inscriptions by collecting and registering inscriptions. In addition s/he will do research on a set of inscriptions relevant for the PhD-project.

During the project period the project leader will arrange three seminars at the University of Nottingham, and the PhD Fellow is expected to take part in this. It is also expected that the PhD Fellow will stay one semester at another university (or equivalent) of relevance for the dissertation. Applicants who have well and documented knowledge in Old Norse and/or Latin, epigraphy (inscriptions with runes and/or Roman-alphabet letters), or have specific knowledge about a relevant type of material, will be given priority.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral dissertation that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for the duration of three years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.


  • A Master's Degree within the relevant fields (see above) or equivalent education. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

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

  • the project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation.
  • the applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame.
  • the applicant's ability to complete research training.
  • good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities.

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

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