Job description

The Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, invites applicants for up to 2 Doctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1017) in theology and religious studies.

Starting date is 1st February 2023.

Applicants are required to develop a project that is thematically relevant to one or more of research groups at the Faculty:

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More about the position

The appointment is for a period of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment 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. During the period of Completion Grant, the candidate performs activities connected to pedagogical training, teaching and research.

The doctoral research fellows must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.

The successful candidates are expected to be based in Oslo during the project period, starting 1 February 2023.

The main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

A research stay abroad during the employment period is expected, but relative to funding available.

Qualification requirements

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in theology and religious studies, or a corresponding type of degree or education in a relevant field. The Master’s degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

Emphasis will be placed on the following in the assessment of the applicants:

  • The quality of the project description
  • Academic and personal ability to complete the project within the given timeframe
  • Ability to cooperate and willingness to participate in interdisciplinary cooperation

We offer

  • Salary NOK 501 200 – 544 400 per annum, depending on qualifications
  • Professional development in a stimulating academic environment.
  • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits
  • Annum (an annual amount for research activities) and possibility for research funding

How to apply

The application must include

  • Cover letter statement of motivation and research interests
  • A project description, including progress plan and any plans for a stay abroad (max. 5 pages exclusive of the bibliography)
  • Curriculum Vitae (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of educational certificates (academic transcripts only)
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • A complete list of publications and academic works
  • A list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading system.

Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the project description and the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellow period at the University of Oslo.

According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, information about the applicant may be included in the public list of applicants, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.

The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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.

Contact information

Professor and Vice-Dean: Hallgeir Elstad, phone number: +47-22850340, email:

Senior executive officer: Anna Dyrkorn Tjora, phone number: +47-22857859, email:

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About the University of Oslo 

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has a total of 68 staff and ca.350 students. The Faculty of Theology at the University of Oslo has a total of 68 staff and ca. 350 students. The faculty conducts research in the fields of theology and religious studies and offers study programmes in theology and theological education for clerical ministry and a number of study programmes within the field of religion and society.

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