Doctoral Research Fellowship in Comparative Literature University in Oslo, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages Norway

Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages


Doctoral Research Fellowship in Comparative Literature


A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Comparative Literature (Cognitive Literary Studies) is available at the Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo.


Proposals are invited for a doctorate project in the field of cognitive literary study. The doctorate project should be related to at least one of the following strands of research:


  1. the historical dimension of cognitive literary study; in particular, cognitive approaches as applied to eighteenth-century literature (across Europe) and/or cognitive literary study as compared to literary theory pre-1900 which also has a cognitive interest
  2. expanding the notion of "cognitive" into the study of embodiment, emotions and experientiality in connection with literature
  3. the transmedial dimension of cognitive literary study; with particular reference to visual storytelling in graphic narrative, films, computer games or multimodal novels


The successful candidate is expected to write his/her thesis in English.


The doctorate project will be related to the supervisor's work on embodiment and the eighteenth-century novel, cognitive narratology and/or the cognitive dimension of graphic narrative. There will also be the opportunity to embed the project into the existing research environments.


The person 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 development. Read more about the doctoral degree.


The appointment is for a 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 or equivalent in Comparative Literature or any national literature. Candidates with MA degrees in drama, media studies, art history or psychology are also encouraged to apply, if their doctorate project relates to the strands of research outlined above. The Master's Degree must have been obtained by the time of application.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.


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

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • 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


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


We offer

  • salary level NOK 432 700 – 489 300, depending on  qualifications
  • a professionally stimulating working environment
  • attractive welfare benefits


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

  • 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)
  • Transcript of records of your Master's degree. Applicants with education from a foreign university 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 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 the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.


Following the Freedom of Information Act (Offentleglova) § 25, Chapter 2, demographic information about the applicant may be used in the public list of applicants even if the applicant opts out from the entry in the public application list.


The University of Oslo has an Acquisition of Rights Agreement for the purpose of securing rights to intellectual property created by its employees, including research results.


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

  • Region:

  • Oslo

  • Job type:

  • Contract

  • Working hours:

  • Full-time

  • Working days:

  • Day

  • Application deadline:

  • 21 April 2017

  • Expected Start Date:

  • 2017

  • Location:

  • Oslo

  • Reference number:

  • 2016/14317

  • Company homepage:



  • Contacts:

  • Administrative Head of Department Karina Kleiva 

    Telephone: +47 22856827

  • Project leader Karin Kukkonen 

    Telephone: +47 22854872

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