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University of Oslo Doctoral Research Fellowship Within the Project Value Politics, Norway

University of Oslo, Norway


August 15, 2016


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Doctoral Research Fellowship Within the Project Value Politics

A PhD Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), University of Oslo. We seek to recruit a candidate with excellent research qualifications who will investigate the role of religion in human rights discourses in fora at the United Nations or national discourses on UN conventions.

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. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for the duration of three years.

Thematic focus

The successful applicant will address the issues identified in the main project, ‘Value Politics: The role of religion in international relations’. Value Politics addresses the construction of religion in relation to the United Nations, both in terms of the new emphasize on religion from the 1990s onwards as well as a broader historical approach to religion at the United Nations. The project aim is to delineate what counts as 'religious' and trace the changing meaning and scope of religion as it is construed within political discourse and put to practice in local settings around the world.

The applicant will design a project based on work with United Nations archives and/or interviews in New York, Geneva or relevant national contexts. The project should explore how new conceptions of religion are negotiated in relation to one of the following three particularly controversial topics: freedom of religion; family policy or women's rights.

The successful candidate will join and take active part in the project's research community, joining collegial meetings and seminars.


  • A Master's degree or equivalent in history of religions or other relevant disciplines.
  • The Master's Degree has to have been awarded by the time of application. Candidates who have already obtained a PhD degree or submitted a PhD thesis in a similar field will not be considered for this fellowship.

Qualifications and personal skills

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

  • The project’s scientific merits and creative potential
  • The project’s relevance to the research focus of Value Politics
  • The applicant's academic and personal qualifications
  • The applicant’s ability to complete the project and research training within the time frame
  • The applicant’s collaboration skills and ability/willingness to join an interdisciplinary academic community

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

Short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

We offer

  • salary level 50 - 56 (NOK 430 500 - 475 400, depending on level of expertise)
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits


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

  • letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • list of publications (if applicable)
  • transcript of records of your Master's degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (maximum 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.

See also Guidelines for appointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities.

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.

Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, 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.

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June 15, 2016


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