Apply: Doctoral Research Fellowships in Contemporary Middle East Studies

Apply: Doctoral Research Fellowships in Contemporary Middle East Studies

Deadline: September 15, 2015

The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo invites applications for Doctoral research fellowships in contemporary Middle East Studies. 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.

In their research proposals, the two PhD Fellows are required to address issues related to political and/or religious authority in the Middle East, from a macro or micro perspective. The appointment is for the duration of three years. The successful candidates are expected to join, and be an active part of the research activities at the Department’s Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies.


Fellowship provides

  • Salary level 50 – 56 (NOK 430 500 – 475 400, depending on qualifications)
  • A professionally stimulating working environment.
  • An attractive welfare benefits.


Eligible Candidates should possess the following:

  • A Master’s Degree or equivalent in Middle East studies, or in a relevant discipline in social sciences or humanities, with the precondition that the master thesis has an explicit Middle East specialization. The Master’s Degree has to have been achieved by the time of application;
  • Proficiency in one of the major languages of the Middle East;
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

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

  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame;
  • 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.

Application Process

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

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • List of publications (if any);
  • Transcript of records of your Master’s degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system;
  • Transcript of records of all university exams at bachelor and master levels;
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 – 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions).

NOTE: All documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview at the University of Oslo or an interview on Skype will be arranged.

For more information, visit Doctoral research fellowships.