Four PhD Research Fellowships at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion University of Bergen (UiB), Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion Norway

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally recognised research university with more than 14,000 students and close to 3,500 employees at six faculties. The university is located in the heart of Bergen. Our main contribution to society is excellent basic research and education across a wide range of disciplines.


Four PhD Research Fellowships at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion


At the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion there are four PhD fellowships available from 1 January 2018. The positions are for a fixed-term period of 4 years.


The Department has 45 permanent academic positions, around 30 Ph.D. candidates and researchers, and 12 administrative members of staff.


Applications may be in any of the department’s subject areas:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Cultural Studies (Ethnology/Folklore)
  • Religion


See for an overview.


The project proposal should fall within one of the four subject areas and will be considered with reference to existing research milieus and available competence within the department. The candidate's main supervisor will normally come from the permanent academic staff of the department. The proposed supervisor must have confirmed his or her willingness to supervise the project, and the name of the supervisor must be stated in the application. Contact the Head of Research at the Department for questions regarding supervisor, Leidulf Melve, tel. +47 55 58 30 41, e-mail:



Qualifications and personal qualities

  • The applicants must hold a Norwegian master's degree or the equivalent in a discipline that is relevant for the PhD project. It is a condition of employment that the master's degree (i.e. 3 years bachelor and 2 years master, 300 ECTS altogether) has been awarded at the time of application. Applicants who do not have a Norwegian master’s degree will be evaluated according to the regulations of the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). The Department can send documentation of foreign education to NOKUT to evaluate if this degree is equivalent to a Norwegian master’s degree.


  • The applicants must be able to work independently in a well-structured way and have good cooperation skills


In assessing the applications, both the academic quality of the project and the applicant’s qualification will be considered.


In cases where ranked applicants have approximately equivalent qualifications, strategic considerations, motivation and the applicant’s personal eligibility will also weigh in.


Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen, are not eligible for employment.


We can offer

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.

  • Salary at pay grade 50 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 8) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 432.700 gross p.a. following ordinary meriting regulations.

  • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

  • A position in an inclusive workplace (IA enterprise).

  • Good welfare benefits.


About the PhD positions


The main purpose of the PhD position is to complete a doctoral thesis, which qualifies for independent research and for other forms of employment that demand specific competency.


The duration of the PhD position is 4 years, of which 25 per cent of the time comprises obligatory duties associated with teaching, dissemination of results and administration. The plan for this part of the position is developed with the Department when starting the position. The employment period may be reduced if you have previously been employed in a recruitment position.


The PhD position demands that the applicant has his or her regular workplace at the University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religionand comply with the guidelines that apply to the position at all times.


Further information about these fellowships can be obtained from the department’s Head of Research Leidulf Melve, tel. +47 55 58 30 41, e-mail: or PhD Coordinator Trygve Svarstad, tel. +47 55 58 94 29,


About the research training

The PhD Candidates must participate in an approved educational programme for a PhD degree within a period of 3 years. It is a condition that applicants satisfy the enrolment requirements for the PhD programme at the University of Bergen.


Additional information

State employment shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. We encourage persons with an immigrant background and persons with disabilities to apply for the position.


The University of Bergen applies the principles of public openness when recruiting staff to academic positions. Information about the applicant may be made public even though the applicant has requested not to be named in the list of applicants. In such cases the applicant will be notified.


The appointing committee will be conducting interviews with the shortlisted candidates prior to the final decision being made.


How to apply for the job


Please apply electronically via the link “APPLY FOR THIS JOB”, and must use the electronic CV form. The following information must be enclosed and uploaded:

  1. Dissertation proposal (no more than 5 pages, not counting bibliography)

  2. A time schedule for the completion of your project

  3. A short summary of the master’s thesis (no more than 3 pages). If your master’s degree is not from a Norwegian university you may be asked to submit the full master’s thesis.

  4. Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas (scans)

  5. A list of any works of a scientific nature (publication list).

  6. Name and contact information of two referees. One of the referees must be the main supervisor of your master’s thesis or an equivalent thesis.

  7. A conformation letter from your main supervisor at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion.


The documents may be in Word or pdf-format. Copies of higher education certificates and diplomas must be accompanied by a translation into English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish if not written in any of these languages.


Translations of diplomas must be received by the department within the application deadline.


Applicants are asked to follow the steps as described in the Guidelines for Electronic Applications at the Faculty of



Any queries or problems concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities by e-mail:


Application deadline: 1 September 2017

Please mark the application: 17/8105

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