PhD Fellowship in Law at The Faculty of Law

Oslo, Norway
07 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
07 Oct 2019
Oslo sentrum
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time

Job description

3-4 PhD Fellowships in Law available at The Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo is the largest academic research community in the field of law in Norway.

The objective of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Law.

The fellowship period may be up to 4 years, with 25 % compulsory teaching duties. Alternatively, the candidate may apply for a 3-year fellowship without any teaching duties. The successful candidates with a 4-year fellowship period are expected to offer teaching in subjects as needed by the faculty. The fellowship period may be reduced if the PhD candidate has previously been employed in a research fellowship position.

Qualification requirements

The PhD candidate must hold a 5 year’s Norwegian master’s degree in law or its equivalent. Other qualifications at the same level may be accepted, based on individual assessment, if the qualification in question is relevant to the completion of a project in law. Normally, the applicant should have a result of a high standard. The same applies to the master’s thesis.

Applicants are required to submit a 5-10 page PhD project description outlining the research topic, choice of theory and research method, and a progress plan. The importance and relevance of the project to Norwegian legal scholarship should also be described.

The candidate is expected to complete the project by the end of the fellowship period.


In assessing the applications, significant emphasis will be placed on the projects social and legal relevance and timeliness. The project could be within Norwegian Law, International Law with relevance to Norwegian Law or Comparative Law, were Norwegian Law is part of the comparison. It is desirable that the appointed PhD fellows be linked to one of the faculty’s established researchgroups, and thus have a project related to this.

It is also desirable to distribute scholarships at the faculty’s major legal research environments. Principal focus for the largest research areas are Private Law, Public and International Law, EU Law and Human Rights.

The candidate’s grades, previous publications in the field of law, the project description, and the applicant’s professional and personal qualifications will be taken into consideration in the evaluation of the applications.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 479 600,- to 523 200,- per annum
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • A favourable pension plan
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

  • A letter of application
  • Project description (5-10 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae with documentation of education, professional work experience, and academic work.
  • Certified copies of certificates, diplomas with all grades, and a complete list of publications. Foreign diplomas (Master, Bachelor, and the like) must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian translation.
  • Applicants holding a degree from a non Norwegian institution must include an explanation of their university's grading system.
  •  Up to 3 scholarly publications. If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship and the applicant’s contribution to the publication should be submitted.

All documents must be submitted in English or a Scandinavian language.

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 Fellowship period 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 etc.

Contact information

Professor and Dean of research Alf Petter Høgberg tlf: +47-22859487

Regarding question about the recruitment system og process : HR officer Marianne Gjerstad, tlf:  +47-22856606

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 Law in Oslo is the largest educational and research institution within the field of law in Norway, and educates about 75% of all new legal candidates in Norway, and is the work- and studyplace for about 270 employees and 4 300 students. We are divided into five Departments/Centres in addition to the Administration, and are situated in the classical University buildings in the centre of Oslo.

Employer: University of Oslo
Municipality: Oslo
Scope: Fulltime
Duration: Temporary
Place of service: Oslo sentrum

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