Two Fellowships in the Field of Literacy in Elementary School and / or Teacher Education
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Teacher Education

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Two fellowships in the field of literacy in elementary school and / or teacher education


At the Department of Teacher Education (ILU), NTNU, two doctoral scholarships are assigned to the interdisciplinary research community Academic literacy in school and teacher education. These are educational positions that will give promising scholarships opportunities for professional development, and lead to a doctorate.


The Department of Teacher Education has about 360 employees and a full-time teacher education offer for primary and secondary education with approx. 4000 students. The institute has a broad continuing and further education portfolio for teachers and school leaders and a special offer of bachelor in archive and collective management. Several of the programs are given in collaboration with other parts of NTNU. The National Center for Mathematics in Education and the National Center for Writing and Literature Research is part of the department. NTNU and the Department of Teacher Education are host institutions for the National Research School for Teacher Education (NAFOL). The Institute has extensive research activity and doctoral education aimed at school and education.


The research community Academic literacy in school and teacher education was established in 2016 and embraces a large group of teacher education researchers, including several fellows, based on different school subjects. The environment places a broad view on literacy, and the researchers work with issues related to academic texts and expressions (eg reading, writing, conversation and multimodality) in school, teacher education and teacher profiles. The overall environmental issues are about what characterizes different schooling literacy practices and how to facilitate students, students and teachers to develop text and communication skills that make it possible to get close to the individual's individualities , as a basis for professional learning and / or professional practice. This allows for projects with different academic anchoring. As of today, the environment is concentrated on the following five subjects, each of which comprises different research projects: 1) Natural science and mathematics, 2) Norwegian-language literacy and basic linguistic skills, 3) Social science, KRLE and pedagogy, 4) English and multilingual literacy, 5) Practical and aesthetic literacy.


Fellowships have started in 2019, preferably in the period January-August. The positions may be four years and include teaching assignments at the relevant subject section at ILU, or three years without such work (for a four-year scholarship, 75% of the post will be used for PhD studies and 25% of the position for teaching assignments). Both start-up time and possibly Teaching tasks are determined in collaboration between the fellow students, the research community and the host institution. The place of work is ILU on Kalvskinnet in Trondheim.




Current applicants must have a master's degree / major within a field of expertise relevant to the announcement, eg. current school subjects, pedagogy or literacy studies. Applicants must have strong academic background, documented with an average grade equivalent to B or better in the last two years of the Master's degree program (120 ECTS credits). Applicants with a weaker grade of background may be employed if it is proved that the candidate is particularly suitable.


Those employed must master Norwegian or another Scandinavian language both verbally and in writing, and have good knowledge of English. It is desirable with teaching experience from the school level / education level that forms the basis for the project in question.


The application must follow a description of a planned doctoral project with a range of 6-10 pages. In the description, the applicant shall present research questions and research designs, anchoring the study in relevant theory, outline relevant research methods and propose a progress plan for the project. The sketch will form the main basis for the assessment of the applications, together with the exam results, possibly. also previous research experience and publications.


Applicants' professional qualifications will be considered by an expert committee, and current candidates will be called for an interview.


Personal qualifications such as the ability to work purposefully and independently, good oral and written dissemination skills as well as social qualities will also be emphasized by appointment. Applicants must provide at least two references that can be contacted.


Wages and working conditions

Fellowship (code 1017) is paid in the state wage regulation from gross kr. 449 400, - per year. From this, 2% of the statutory contribution is deducted from the Government Pension Fund.


The employment is made on the terms that apply to public servants at all times, and the employee must find any changes in the work area. It is a prerequisite that the employee is settled so that he or she may be present at and available to the institution.


A good working environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, functional ability or cultural background. NTNU is an IA business.



Appointment in fellowship positions requires admission to a relevant PhD program, depending on the subject area. Those employed in the positions must submit an application for admission to the relevant program shortly after accession (and no later than three months). There is a requirement for final approval of project description six months after admission. For information about ILU's PhD program in professional research with a focus on teacher education and school, see


Together with the application, the following is attached:

  • Project description in the form of a sketch of 6-10 pages
  • Digital copies of CV, certificates and diplomas
  • Up to five scientific works to be considered


Joint work will be taken into account. If it is difficult to identify the individual applicant's efforts, the applicant must attach a brief account of his involvement.


According to new publicity law, information about the applicant may be published, even if the applicant has requested not to be listed on the applicant list.


Further information on the position can be obtained from Randi Solheim, research director, telephone 73 59 64 01/478 63 231, e-mail:


Information about the application process can be obtained from the HR section, at Brith-Eli Åsland, email


The application with attachments must be sent electronically via Attachment as possible. can not be uploaded electronically, NTNU, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, 7491 Trondheim, is sent - and is marked with SU-210.


Application deadline: 15.10.18

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