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 Department of Economics is the largest and highest ranked institute for economic research in Norway. The Department offers Bachelor's and Masters's programmes, as well as a doctoral programme with approximately 40 students. The department hosts a Centre for the study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (ESOP) and a Centre for Public Economics, Oslo Fiscal Studies (OFS).

PhD Research Fellowships in Economics

Job Description

2-3 Research Fellow positions (SKO 1017) for doctoral studies are available at the Department of Economics:

The appointments are for a period of 3 years, but may be prolonged for up to 1 year due to teaching duties. Research Fellows are expected to participate in the Faculty's doctoral programme, with the aim of completing a doctoral degree within the appointment period. The positions are not linked to specific topics or research projects, and the candidate can choose his/her own project freely.


A 2-year Master's degree (including master’s dissertation) or an equivalent qualification in economics is required. Candidates completing their Master's degrees (or equivalent) in the spring semester 2018 before August 1, 2018, may apply. Candidates with a background in one or more of the following three fields:

will have a distinct advantage in the ranking of candidates, but strong candidates who lack these courses may also be accepted, and be given the opportunity to take the courses as part of the PhD programme. Candidates with equivalent qualification from external institutions must submit detailed course descriptions and syllabuses for review.

For candidates with education from an institution outside the European Economic Area/the European Union or Switzerland a recent score from the general GRE test is required as part of the documentation of qualifications. The Department of Economics does not accept the GMAT tests to substitute the GRE. A good command of English is required of all applicants. International students must document their proficiency in English by taking either TOEFL- or IELTS-test. For information about score requirements, see Requirements for admission to the PhD programme in Economics.

For further information, please visit this page: Applying for a PhD fellowship at the Faculty of Social Sciences

What we offer

  • Salary NOK 466 500 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications
  • Academically stimulating working environment
  • Favourable pension benefits
  • Attractive employee benefits (e.g. maternity/paternity leave)
  • Fellows will be provided with their own office space and will have access to all the facilities of the department

Evaluation of the application

When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant's academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project and to the project proposal. For further information, please see detailed guidelines for the project proposal.

Applicants may be invited to an interview.

The application must include:

  • Application letter
  • Project proposal of 5-10 pages
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • Copies of (both) transcripts and diplomas, and letters of recommendation (if any)
  • List of relevant publications and other academic work
  • Research papers, including master's dissertation. Where research work is co-authored, the contribution of the candidate should be indicated

Applications without sufficient documentation will not be considered.

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 University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.

The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.

Application deadline:

1 March 2018

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