Doctoral Research Fellow position in East Asian and South Asian Language Based Area Studies

Oslo, Norway
Deadline: 1st Sep 2013


One PhD position are available within East Asian or South Asian language based area studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS). The topic of the applicant’s PhD project should be related to geographical areas in Asia relevant for research at the Department (China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Nepal, India, Bangladesh). It is also required that the project is thematically relevant to current research at the Department. The applicant must document relevant language competence and the project should be based on sources in Asian language(s).

The appointment is for a period of 3 years and the doctoral thesis is expected to be completed within the given time frame.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty’s organized research training. The academic work must 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 developement. Read more about the doctoral degree.


A Master degree or equivalent. The master degree or equivalent has to be achieved by the time of application.

Qualifications and personal skills

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on

The applicant’s academic and personal qualifications in order to execute the project
The applicant’s ability to complete research training
Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities
The project’s scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation

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

We offer:

Pay grade 50-56 (NOK 421 100 – 465 300 per year, depending on qualifications)
Professional development in a stimulating working environment
Good welfare benefits


Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, in a word- or pdf-format:

Application letter – what is your motivation for applying to Faculty of Humanities?
Curriculum Vitae
A list of published and unpublished work, if applicable
Transcript of records of your master degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.
Research proposal (see below)

Our electronic recruitment system will ask you to upload the attachments in the above mentioned order. Transcript of records should be uploaded as ‘Attachment’ under ‘Other’. Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Research proposal

The research proposal must not exceed 14,000 characters (including spaces and footnotes) and is expected to answer the following seven areas:  

  1. Main objective and summary of the project
  2. Background of the project
  3. Theoretical framework
  4. Research question(s) and expected findings (hypothesis)
  5. Method
  6. Proposed dissemination
  7. Progress Plan

All research proposals must be based on this template and applications with a research proposal longer than 14,000 characters will not be considered. A list of publication no longer that 3000 characters can be submitted additionally. See also Template for research proposal.

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.

Interviews will be part of the application process.

See also Guidelines pertaining to the application assessment process for Doctoral Research Fellowships.

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.


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