Research Fellowship in Living the Nordic Model University of Oslo, Department of EducationFakultet: Faculty of Educational Sciences Norway

Research Fellowship in Living the Nordic Model


Job description

The candidate will be part of the MEDIATE research group at Department of Education (IPED), UiO, as well as an international network, and will be given the opportunity to work with researchers across the world. PhD candidates appointed to the project will be co-located across disciplines, and will have the opportunity to research stays at other Nordic universities.


The research fellowship will be connected to Pillar I or Pillar II of the project Living the Nordic Model. For more information refer to the description of the project.


Living the Nordic Model is a multidisciplinary research network at the University of Oslo. The “Living the Nordic Model” project aims to problematize the foundations of the “Nordic model” by examining historical and current ideals, practice and institutions related to the formative stages of its citizens’ lives—their childhoods, parenting values, the institution of family, kindergarten, school and media. We specifically focus on how the familiar challenges (i.e. globalization, migration, economic inequalities and digital technology) influence the values that are traditionally considered as inherent to Nordic upbringing and social institutions. How do these influences challenge the key values related to the institution of childhood in Nordic countries, taking into account inter-country similarities and differences? The project aims to contribute to the understanding of how the Nordic model relates to the lived experience of its current and future citizens.


The application should describe a project specifically on the current practises, ideals and normative content of upbringing, socialisation or teaching/learning in Norway and the Nordic countries, as described within the Pillars I and II of the Living the Nordic Model project description. Examples of research questions may be: What are the norms, ideals and practices of central socialisation agents like parents or teachers today? What may be the consequences of the actual parenting or teaching practices that take place within Nordic families and schools, as well as in the transition or communication between these institutions? Are their practices in line or at odds with the continuation of the values traditionally thought of as central for the Nordic model?


Against this background we invite candidates with projects that thematically fit within the project description. Applicants must include a project description of the proposed doctoral project of 5-10 pages, describing the topic, research questions (based on relevant theory and literature), choice of methods and project progress plan, as well as a letter describing the candidate’s motivation for the position. The quality of the project description is a key criterion in the assessment of applications. While the call is open for all aspects related to the project, the PhD project proposal must have a clear connection to the research questions of Pillar I or Pillar II, and to the field of education/sociology of education.


More about the position

Positions as research fellows are fixed-term educational posts where the aim is that the research fellow completes a doctoral degree (PhD) during the period of employment. A prerequisite for the employment is admission to the Faculty’s doctoral degree programme, and applicants’ formal and other qualifications for admission will therefore also be assessed. Research fellowship positions are defined as recruitment posts and represent an important instrument in the sector’s work of generating qualified applicants for other academic posts at universities and university colleges in the long-term perspective. The doctoral candidate is expected to participate actively in the organized research training and in the Faculty’s research community.


The appointment is made for a period of four years (25% of which is devoted to required duties, usually in the form of teaching activities). The appointment can have a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.


Qualification requirements

Applicants must satisfy the requirements for admission to the Faculty’s PhD programme. This normally includes:

  • Documented successful completion of a Master's degree program (normally equivalent to a Norwegian two years' MA degree/ECTS 120 credits), or a similar higher education program,in both cases with thesis, and within relevant and accepted subject areas.
  • Documented result of the masters' degree required: Minimum grade B or equivalent (ECTS grading scale) including the grade on the thesis.
  • Good knowledge of Norwegian or other Scandinavian languages is a requirement, due to the data collection and analyses of data from Norwegian/Nordic classrooms and/or norwegian-speaking families in the project. However, knowledge of other foreign languages is also an advantage.
  • Good English language skills are also required.


In the assessment of applications, emphasis will be put on:

  • The applicant’s academic aptitude for completing the research training programme.
  • The project description, which must be submitted with the application.
  • The applicant’s personal suitability and motivation for the post, including his/her ability to collaborate and to form part of a cross-disciplinary academic community.
  • Other qualifications that meet the objectives which form the basis of this type of post.


We offer

  • Salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annumper annum depending on qualifications in a position as Doctoral Research fellow.
  • A positive and stimulating working environment
  • Pension arrangements in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities


How to apply

The application must include

  • The application must be submitted electronically and must include the following:
  • Letter of application
  • Project description (cf. Guidance).
  • Completed application form for admission to the doctoral degree programme (here)
  • Certified copies of diplomas, grade transcripts and any other testimonials
  • In the event of diplomas from other countries: printouts of prospectuses or similar that describe the content and framework of the courses of study on which the application is based.
  • Master’s thesis and any other academic works that may be of relevance to the application.
  • CV that also includes an overview of any previously published academic/scientific works and relevant experience.
  • Applicants from countries outside the Nordic countries where English is not the official language must attach a TOEFL test with a minimum score of 550 unless they have a diploma from a university in an English-speaking country. Knowledge of the Norwegian language must be documented.


Incomplete applications will in normal circumstances not be assessed.


As a rule, interviews will be conducted as part of the appointment process. At the interview the applicant will be asked to present original diplomas and grade transcripts from previous courses of study.


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships 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

Head of Department Ola Erstad, phone: +47-22855216, mail:

Associate Professor Kristinn Hegna, phone: +47-22840711, mail:


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 Educational Sciences is composed of three departments and two research centre with a total of nearly 350 employees and 3500 students. We offer three different bachelor degrees and ten masters programmes, as well as Norway's most prestigious teacher-training program and several joint interdisiplinary programmes.



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