Doctoral Research Fellowships within Cultural History

Deadline: 4 November 2015
Open to: applicants with a Master’s degree or equivalent in cultural history, museology or other relevant disciplines
Scholarship: NOK 430,500 – 475,400, (approximately EUR 46,744 – 51,652) per annum


Two PhD Research Fellowships in cultural history and museology are available at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo. IKOS seeks to recruit two PhD candidates with excellent research qualifications who will both investigate the establishment of new regimes of historicity, in the 18th and the 21st century respectively. The successful candidates will join in with the vibrant and internationally oriented research community in cultural history and museology, where contemporary perspectives within heritage studies are in fruitful dialogues with historical approaches. The main project, Geological times: Heritage and history of knowledge, aims to address the establishment of and changes in regimes of historicity within different time periods. The applicants will design the projects themselves, within the following frames:

One PhD will work with the archives of the Mining seminar at Kongsberg, and explore how new conceptions of geological time were negotiated in relation to wider knowledge cultures in the 18th century. The second PhD will look at negotiations of temporality as geology becomes heritage, i.e. how geological, historical and possibly other times are present in museums of geology today. The persons 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 candidates are expected to join the existing research milieu or network and contribute to its development. The appointment is for a duration of three years.


All applicants must have a Master’s degree or equivalent in cultural history, museology or other relevant disciplines. The Master’s Degree has to have been achieved by the time of application.


The position is remunerated by salary of the level 50 – 56, NOK 430,500 – 475,400, (approximately EUR 46,744 – 51,652 per annum) depending on qualifications. Moreover, research fellow will obtain good welfare benefits.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 4 November 2015. Applicants must submit the following attachments with the electronic application, preferably in pdf format:

  • Letter of application;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • List of publications (if applicable);
  • Transcript of records of your Master’s degree. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their university’s grading system;
  • Project description, including a detailed progress plan for the project (maximum 5 pages, see Template for project descriptions).

Short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview at the University of Oslo or we will arrange for an interview on Skype.

For more information please visit the official website.

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