Doctoral research fellowship in General Linguistics University of Oslo, Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

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 Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) is one of seven departments at The Faculty of Humanities (HF). The department conducts research, teaching and dissemination in general linguistics, multilingualism, medieval studies (including Norse philology and Celtic), Nordic literature (including dissemination of literature and Ibsen-studies), Nordic language (including Norwegian as a second language), and rhetoric and verbal communication.


Doctoral research fellowship in General Linguistics


One Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) is available at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies (ILN) at the University of Oslo. We are looking for a particularly talented PhD candidate with excellent research qualifications who will strengthen the department's research profile within General Linguistics. This PhD fellowship is open to topics within the general linguistics areas morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and typology. We encourage projects that involve the collection and analysis of original field data.


The persons 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 in general linguistics 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 with excellent results within the relevant field or similar/corresponding education. The degree must be achieved at the time of application.
  • High motivation for working in the field and for the position


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

  • The applicant's academic and personal qualifications in order to carry out the project within the allotted time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete the organized research training
  • Good cooperative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines
  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance, and innovation

We offer

  • A salary of NOK 436 900 - 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow
  • A challenging and stimulating working environment
  • Attractive welfare arrangements


How to apply


The application must include:

  • 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)
  • Grade transcripts from educational institutions attended for the master's degree, with information about the grade system if the institution is foreign.
  • Project description (3-5 pages) for the research to be undertaken, including a progress plan (see the 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.


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents must 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. Short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview.


Formal regulations


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


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, 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 agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.


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


Deadline: 1 October 2017


Contact persons:


Head of Administration Jan Halvor Undlien 
tlf: +47 22 85 67 47


Head of Department Piotr Garbacz 
tlf: +47 22 85 76 34


For questions regarding how to apply:

HR-officer Tonje Olsen

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