PhD Fellowships in Law at the Faculty of Law

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Up to 4 PhD Fellowships in Law available at the Faculty of Law.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo is the largest legal academic research community in Norway. The objective of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Law. Read about the PhD programme here.

The fellowship period is preferably for 4 years, with 25 % compulsory teaching duties. This presupposes that the fellow is able to conduct teaching in subjects where there is a need for more teaching resources at the Faculty. Alternatively, the candidate may apply for a 3-year fellowship without teaching duties.

Qualification requirements and skills

  • Applicants must hold a 5 year Norwegian master’s degree in law or the equivalent at the time of application.
  • Applicants should normally have grades that place them among the top 10-15 percent of graduates. This requirement also applies to the master’s thesis.
  • Applicants should have excellent written and oral language skills in Norwegian (or other Scandinavian language), and solid language skills in English.
  • Applicants must be able to work in an independent and structured manner.
  • Good collaboration skills are required as well as the ability and willingness to contribute to development of legal research and the research environment


Applicants must submit a project description of 5-10 pages, which gives an account of the research project, its contribution and relevance to legal science, choice of theory and scientific methodology, possible scientific ethical challenges, and a work plan for completion.

PhD-projects that relate to key legal subjects will be prioritized. Key legal subjects are here defined as subjects included in the Faculty’s five year master’s programme in law. Furthermore, emphasis will be placed on the societal and legal relevance and significance of the project. The project may deal with Norwegian law, international law with relevance to Norwegian law or comparative law where Norwegian law is included in the comparison. Under equal conditions, projects dealing with criminal law and procedural law will be prioritized.

In the evaluation of candidates, emphasis will be placed on the quality of the research proposal, grades, any previous publications, and the applicant’s professional and personal qualifications. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the applicant’s ability to contribute to the teaching of key legal subjects at the Faculty.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview.

The candidates are evaluated by an assessment committee, which ranks the candidates based on the criteria indicated above and conducts interviews with short-listed candidates. A separate interview committee may be set down. The Faculty’s appointment committee will make the final decision about the candidate who will be offered the position.

The candidate is expected to complete the project by the end of the fellowship period. The Faculty prefers that successful applicants are able to start as soon as possible, and normally directly after the notice period has expired.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 532 200 to 575 400  per annum
  • An inspiring and friendly working environment
  • Pension plan in the state pension fund
  • Attractive welfare benefits

How to apply

  • The application must include A letter of application in Norwegian or other Scandinavian language. All other documents must be submitted in either Norwegian, a Scandinavian language or in English.
  • Project description (5-10 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae with complete documentation of education, professional work experience, and academic work.
  • Certified copies of certificates, diplomas with all grades, and a complete list of publications. Non-Norwegian diplomas (Master, Bachelor, and the like) must be provided in the original language as well as in an English or Scandinavian translation. Non-Norwegian certificates and diplomas must be accompanied by official documentation that explains the grading system, which makes it possible to assess whether the applicants meet the requirements pertaining to grades.
  • Up to 3 scholarly works, e.g. master thesis, articles or other texts (published or under publishing). If a publication is written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship that explains the applicant’s contribution to the publication must be submitted.
  • A list of references (2-3 references that include names, relation to the applicant, and contact details).

Application with attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system, please click “Apply for this job”.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Doctoral research fellowships at the University of Oslo.

PhD fellows will be offered the possibility of becoming members in one or more of the Faculty’s research groups.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of 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 University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results.

Inclusion and diversity are goals in the Faculty’s strategy. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. Furthermore, we want employees with diverse professional expertise, life experience and perspectives

If there are qualified applicants with disabilities, employment gaps or immigrant background, we will invite at least one applicant from each of these categories to an interview.

Contact information

Professor and Vice Dean for Research Vibeke Blaker Strand, e-mail:

Regarding questions about the recruitment system and -process: Administrative Manager Marianne Gjerstad, e-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 Law in Oslo is the largest educational and research institution within the field of law in Norway, and educates about 75% of all new legal candidates in Norway, and is the work- and studyplace for about 270 employees and 4 300 students. We are divided into five Departments/Centres in addition to the Administration, and are situated in the classical University buildings in the centre of Oslo.