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PhD Fellowship in Middle Eastern studies – UiO, Norway 2022

Norway, University of Oslo, UiO

A Doctoral Research Fellowship (SKO 1017) in Middle Eastern studies is available at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo – Norway 2022


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General Info

Position: PhD
No. of Positions: 1
Research Field: ,
Joining Date: ASAP
Contract Period: -
Salary: NOK 491 200 per annum

Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages
University of Oslo, UiO
Oslo, Norway

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Qualification Details

  • A Master's degree or equivalent in Middle Eastern studies, comparative literature, or other related fields relevant to the project’s research profile. The Master's degree must have been obtained and the final evaluation must be available by the application deadline.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English (see Language requirements), as well as fluency in Arabic. Competency in other Middle Eastern or East Asian Language (es. Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese) is required when relevant to the project.
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position.

To be eligible for admission to the doctoral programmes at the University of Oslo, applicants must, as a minimum, have completed a five-year graduation course (Master’s degree or equivalent), including a Master’s thesis of at least 30 ECTS. In special cases, the Faculty may grant admission on the basis of a one-year Master course following an assessment of the study programme’s scope and quality.

In assessing the applications, special emphasis will be placed on:

  • The project's scientific merit, research-related relevance and innovation
  • The applicant's estimated academic and personal ability to complete the project within the time frame
  • The applicant's ability to complete research training
  • Good collaboration skills and an ability to join interdisciplinary academic communities

Applicants who have recently graduated with excellent results may be given preference.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The doctoral project, designed by the applicant, is expected to explore the relationship between cultural production and social changes in the Middle East and beyond. We encourage projects that focus on the influence that societal changes have exerted on aesthetics and cultural practices (including literature, visual arts, tv-series, movies, music, digital performances, translation practices), and vice versa how such practices may inform or contribute to societal change. The project may for example explore the effects of social and political uprisings taking place in the 20th and 21st centuries (from 19th century Nahda to the Arab Spring and its aftermath), economic crises, environmental issues, and/or global developments like climate change, diaspora, and exile. The project might explore how cultural and aesthetic practices represent and ponder about these changes, and also how aesthetics may contribute to drive social and political change. We also encourage projects that explore the social reality of artistic and literary worlds, combining methods and theories from social sciences (fieldwork research, interviews) to literary and artistic analysis; and/or projects that open-up for comparative and transnational perspectives across the Middle East, East Asia and Europe. The project description must be submitted as part of the application.

The person appointed will be affiliated with the Faculty's organized research training. The academic work is to result in a doctoral thesis that will be defended at the Faculty with a view to obtaining the degree of PhD. The successful candidate is expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. Read more about the doctoral degree.

The appointment is for a duration of 3 years. All PhD Candidates who submit their doctoral dissertation for assessment with a written recommendation from their supervisor within 3 years or 3 ½ years after the start of their PhD position, will be offered, respectively, a 12 or 6 month Completion Grant.

How to Apply?

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Documents Required

The application must include:

  • Application letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and motivation for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (with a list of education, positions, teaching experience, administrative experience and other qualifying activities, including a complete list of publications)
  • Transcript of records of your Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Applicants with education from a foreign university must attach an explanation of their university's grading system
  • Documentation of Language requirements (if applicable)
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (3 - 5 pages, maximum 14,000 characters. See Template for project descriptions)

Please note that all documents must be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Educational certificates, master theses and the like are not to be submitted with the application, but applicants may be asked to submit such information or works later.

The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system,

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.

About the Department

The Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (abbreviated IKOS from its Norwegian name) is one of the seven departments at the Faculty of Humanities. The Department has a broad competency in the study of religion and culture and in language based area studies of South Asia, East Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. IKOS also hosts the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities. The Department has several study programmes at both BA and MA levels. Among the Department's 110 employees about 40 are PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows.

About the Employer: University of Oslo, UiO

Note or Other details

See also regulations as well as guidelines for the application assessment process and appointments to research fellowships.

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Contact details

For questions about the position:

Associate professor Teresa Pepe

Head of Research Jacob Høigilt

For questions on how to apply:

HR-Officer Natali Helgesen

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