University of Oslo PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science 2021 (Funded)

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The University of Oslo invites applications for its 2021 PhD Research Fellowship in Political Science (peace and conflict research).

The Department of Political Science hereby announces vacant positions for PhD Research Fellowships (SKO 1017). The appointment is for a period of four years with a 25% teaching requirement. In the Department, teaching is organized into five sections:

  • public policy and administration,
  • comparative politics,
  • political theory,
  • international politics,
  • and research methods.

The successful applicants will work as PhD Fellows on the project “Resilience Building: Social Resilience, Gendered Dynamics, and Local Peace in Protracted Conflicts”, funded by the European Research Council. Candidates will be part of the Faculty’s PhD program, and the work performed will be expected to lead to a PhD in Political Science.

The Resilience Building project investigates the causes and consequences of social resilience in protracted armed conflicts, with a focus on Nigeria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Kenya. It asks how civilians and communities develop social resilience and adapt to conflict dynamics in ways that prevent or mitigate violence, how they maintain resilience and prevent renewed vulnerability to conflict de-escalation, and how social resilience impacts peacebuilding and development. The project further focuses on interlinking national and local dynamics of communal conflict and civil war to study the potential and limitations of international and local peacebuilding efforts and barriers to sustainable peace. The research into social resilience and multi-level conflict dynamics integrate a gender perspective. This means that research examines gendered coping mechanisms, variation in gender relations across areas differently affected by conflict, and women’s movements and peacebuilding agencies on the national and local level.

Location: Norway
Duration: 4 years
  • Salary NOK 482 200 – 526 000 per annum depending on qualifications
  • A pleasant, stimulating, and international working environment
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement,
  • A travel and research budget for field research and participation in conferences and workshops
  • A good work-life balance and access to Norway’s excellent public services and welfare schemes, including generous parental leave provisions and affordable and accessible childcare
  • A Master’s degree in political science or closely related discipline.
  • Successful candidates must document top grades and an MA Thesis of high quality.
  • Excellent oral and written English language skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, and willingness to contribute to administrative and organizational project tasks, such as the organization of workshops, conferences, and other research and outreach collaborations.
  • Applicants must submit a doctoral research plan of up to 3000 words outlining one or more of the topics studied in Resilience Building in relation to one or more of the country case studies (Nigeria, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Kenya).
  • The research plan should specify the problems to be studied, motivation, and relevance, the research methods to be used.
Application Process

The application must include

  • A CV (summarizing education, previous positions, academic, and other relevant work)
  • A cover letter, explaining why the candidate is well prepared for pursuing this PhD project
  • A PhD research plan (maximum 3000 words)
  • A copy of the Master’s dissertation
  • Copies of transcripts: All applicants must submit their Master’s degree diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis.
  • An official explanation of the grading and credit system at your university translated into ECTS-credits
  • Names and contact details for two reference persons (name, relation to candidate, e-mail, and phone number).
Application Deadline: January 5, 2021

For more information and application, visit the official site.