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University of Oslo Doctoral Research Fellowship in Yugoslav Literature and Culture, Norway

Publish Date: Oct 17, 2016

Deadline: Nov 30, 2016

Doctoral Research Fellowship in Yugoslav Literature and Culture

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in (post-)Yugoslav literature and culture is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.

The successful applicant is expected to investigate the links between nation building, literature/the arts, and cultural memory in the Yugoslav (1918-1941, 1945-1991) or post-Yugoslav (1991-present) context.

Project proposals should relate to one (or more) of the following three strands:

(1) Artistic and literary practices of transnationalism in the Yugoslav and/or post-Yugoslav context: explore the role of the arts (literature, comics, visual art, film, or music) in fostering or imagining transnational communities

(2) Transnational memory in the post-socialist Balkans: examine the role of cultural practices in representing the past in ways that move beyond the nation as the ‘natural’ container of collective memory   

(3) Imperial legacies in the post-Habsburg or post-Ottoman Balkans: explore the work of writers/intellectuals who interrogate imperial legacies and probe the limits of nationalism and cosmopolitanism on the Balkans

The successful applicant will be affiliated with the research project “Post-Imperial Fictions: Literature Between Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism in the Balkans”.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis 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 a 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 or equivalent in Slavonic Studies/East European Studies or Comparative Literature.

  • The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Excellent knowledge of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and English
  • 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.

We offer

  • salary level NOK 432 700 - 489 300, depending on qualifications
  • a professionally stimulatinging working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (complete list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

See also Guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.

The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

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