Two 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 any teaching duties.

Qualification requirements and skills

  • Applicants must hold a 5 year Norwegian master’s degree in law or the equivalent.
  • 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), or in English.
  • You must be able to work in an independent and structured manner.
  • You must have good collaboration skills and the skills to contribute to the development of legal research.
  • You must take an active role in developing the professional 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.

In the evaluation of candidates, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the research proposal. This includes taking the project’s societal and legal relevance and significance into consideration. The project may concern Norwegian law, international law, EU/EEA law, and comparative law. In comparative projects, Norwegian law should be part of the comparison. The Faculty welcomes projects that investigate the role of international law and EU/EEA law in Norwegian law.

In addition to the project description, emphasis is put on grades, any previous publications in the field of law, and the applicant’s professional and personal qualifications. The distribution of PhD fellows across the Faculty’s research environments, will also be taken into consideration.

PhD fellows will be linked to one of the Faculty’s established research groups.

The candidate is expected to complete the project by the end of the fellowship period.

The short-listed candidates will be invited to interview for the position, either in person or via a digital platform.

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.

We offer

  • Salary NOK 491 200,- to 534 400,- 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, other Scandinavian language or in English.
  • Project description (5-10 pages).
  • Curriculum vitae with 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 explain the grading system, which makes it possible to assess whether the applicants meet the requirements pertaining to grades.
  • Up to 3 scholarly publications. If the publications are written by more than one author, a declaration of authorship that explain the applicant’s contribution to the publication should be submitted.
  • A list of references (2-3 references that include names, relation to the applicant, and contact details).

All documents must be submitted in English or in a Scandinavian language.

Application with attachments must be submitted via our electronic recruitment system, see the “Search position”-link.

Formal regulations

Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.

No one can be appointed for more than one PhD Research Fellowship period at the University of Oslo.

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 appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.

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

Inclusion and diversity are a strength. The University of Oslo has a personnel policy objective of achieving a balanced gender composition. We also want to have employees with diverse expertise, combinations of subjects, life experience and perspectives. We will make adjustments for employees who require this. 

If there are qualified applicants with special needs, gaps in their CVs or immigrant backgrounds, we will invite at least one applicant in each of these groups to an interview.

Contact information

Professor and Vice -Dean for Research Vibeke Blaker Strand 

Regarding questions about the recruitment system- and process: HR officer Marianne Gjerstad

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.
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