2015/2016 Lord Mayor of London Scholarships for Academic Excellence in UK

Two positions as PhD Research Fellow (SKO 1017) within literatures in English are available in the Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities project in the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo (UiO).

Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities studies the relationship between conceptions and practices of rights, forms and habits of imagining community, and the structure and practice of literature. We seek a PhD candidate with excellent research qualifications who will contribute to the project.

The applicant must present an independent subproject that lies within the scope of the Literature, Rights, and Imagined Communities project. This subproject should be within literature in English, focusing on any period or periods between the Renaissance and the present.

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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 or network and contribute to its developement. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of three years.


A Master’s Degree or equivalent in English (literatures in English). The Master’s Degree must have been achieved by the time of application.

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 communties 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

salary level 50 – 56 (NOK 430 500 – 475 400, depending on qualifications)
a professionally stimulating working environment
attractive welfare benefits

How To Apply

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

letter of application
Curriculum Vitae
list of publications (if applicable)
transcript of records of your Master’s Degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system.
project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 – 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions)
Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, Master’s theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

Short-listed candidates may be invited for an interview at the University of Oslo.

See also Guidelines for appointments to research fellowships at the Faculty of Humanities.

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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