Ph.D. in Social Anthropology (Norway) Deadline: June 23, 2019

The University of Bergen

Application Deadline

June 23, 2019

Program Commencement


Duration of the Program

4 Years

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Program Details

The University of Bergen is a renowned educational and research institution, organised into seven faculties and approximately 54 institutes and academic centres.

The vacancy for the PhD position is at the Department of Social Anthropology. The Department is one of Europe’s largest in the discipline of anthropology. The PhD fellowship is being offered without any specific geographical or thematic terms and conditions. Applicants are therefore encouraged to develop an original project proposal that addresses current agendas in anthropology. The project proposal should be based on the applicant’s own research interests, and may well be a continuation of previous degree studies.

As a PhD research fellow, you will take part in the doctoral educational program at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UiB. The program corresponds to a period of three years and leads to the submission of the PhD dissertation.

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Eligibility/ Requirements

To be eligible for admission you must have completed a Master’s degree or the equivalent in social anthropology. The degree has to be completed by the application deadline.

The educational background must normally be equivalent to a five-year Master education, including a two-year Master’s degree and a Master’s thesis (at least 30 ECTS). It is expected that the topic of the Master’s degree is connected to the academic field to which you are seeking admission. The requirements are generally grade-B or better on the Master’s thesis and for the Master’s degree in total.

As an applicant, you should be able to work independently, have a considerable work capacity as well as an enthusiasm for research.

Application Process

Apply online here with reference number 19/5070. The application and appendices with certified translations into English or a Scandinavian language must be uploaded. Applications submitted without a project description or applications sent as e-mails will not be considered. Only submitted documents will be subjected to an expert assessment.

The application must include:

  • A cover letter including a brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for the position
  • The names and contact information for two reference persons. One of them must be the main advisor for the master’s thesis or equivalent thesis
  • Project proposal
  • CV
  • Transcripts and diplomas showing completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Relevant certificates/references
  • A list of academic publications
  • Academic publications that you want to submit for assessment (including your master’s thesis or equivalent)
  • If you have a master’s degree from an institution outside of the Nordic countries or a 2-year discipline- based master’s degree (or the equivalent) in a subject area other than the one associated with the application, you may later in the application process be asked to submit an overview of the syllabus for the degree you have completed.

If you have questions about the position, contact Professor Olaf H. Smedal,, Phone +47 55 58 92 80.

Practical questions regarding the application procedures should be directed to Adviser Anita Helen Spurkeland,, Phone +47 55 58 90 58.

Questions about the program may be directed to Adviser Hanne Gravermoen,, Phone: +47 55 58 90 68.

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