Up to five PhD Research Fellowships University of Bergen, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion Norway

Up to five PhD Research Fellowships


PhD position


At the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion there are up to five PhD fellowships available from 1 January 2020.


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

  • Archaeology

  • History

  • Cultural Studies (Ethnology/Folklore)

  • Religion

See http://www.uib.no/en/ahkr 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.


Qualifications and personal qualities:


Applicants must meet the formal requirements for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Bergen. The University requires the equivalent of a master’s degree (i.e. 3 years bachelor and 2 years master). That entails that the applicant must have an education with a scope of 300 ECTS credits, of which the Master's programme comprises 120 ECTS credits and includes a master’s thesis of between 30 and 60 ECTS credits. Applicants must have completed their master’s degree at the time of application.


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 be taken into account.


About the university PhD positions:


About the PhD positions

The fellowships are awarded for a period of four years, provided progress is satisfactory. Of these, three years is set aside for the research project and PhD education, while the last is allocated to teaching and other obligations done for the department. An agreement concerning the work load must be made with the department at the time of employment.


The employment period may be reduced for candidates who have previously been employed in a recruitment position at other institutions. Applicants who have already held a PhD position at the University of Bergen are not eligible for employment.


The successful applicants will be expected to relocate to the University of Bergen and conform to the regulations that apply to the positions.

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.


We can offer:

  • A good and professionally challenging working environment.

  • Salary at pay grade 51 (Code 1017/Pay range 20, alternative 9) in the state salary scale, currently approx. NOK 449.000 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.


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. List of academic publications (if any)

6. Name and contact information of three 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 PhD project’s 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, as must any academic publications submitted.


General information:


Further information about these fellowships can be obtained from the department’s Head of Research Randi Barndon, tel. +47 55 58 29 38, e-mail: randi.barndon@uib.no or PhD Coordinator Anna Polster, tel. +47 55 58 94 29, e-mail: anna.polster@uib.no.   


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.


Further information about the appointment process here.


Any queries or problems concerning the electronic application procedure should be directed to the Faculty of Humanities by e-mail: fakadm@hf.uib.no.


Application deadline: 23 April 2019


Please mark the application: 19/2589


About The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres. Campus is located in the centre of Bergen with university areas at Nygårdshøyden, Haukeland, Marineholmen, Møllendalsveien and Årstad. 

There are four departments and four centres at Faculty of Humanities. Read more about the faculty and departments. 





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