PhD Fellowship position: Critical education to transform the world

Oslo Metropolitan University


February 1, 2022


Faculty of Education and International Studies, Department of

International Studies and Interpreting

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway's third largest university, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city centre and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city's diverse population.

The Faculty of Education and International Studies (LUI) has approximately 550 employees and 7000 students and is located in Oslo and Akershus. The Faculty is comprised of four departments as well as the National Centre of Multicultural Education (NAFO).

The Faculty educates tomorrow's teachers from kindergarten through upper secondary school, in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Faculty offers a PhD in Education. In addition, the Faculty offers development studies and studies in sign language and interpreting. Diversity is a core value for the Faculty and its activities. The Faculty's research and development focuses on practical training and is both profession-oriented and internationally oriented.

The Department of International Studies and Interpreting (IST) has leading research communities in the fields of diversity, interpreting, global development and international education, and its activities are characterised by extensive international cooperation. The Department offers bachelor's degrees in development studies, interpreting and sign language, as well as a master's degree in international education and development. The Department also offers a number of programmes for continuing education in diversity studies.

PhD Fellowship position: Critical education to transform the world

The Faculty of Education and International Studies announces a fully funded three-year research fellowship position for studies about education's relationship to global sustainability challenges and transformations. The fellowship position is in the Department of International Studies and Interpreting, affiliated with the Section for Development Studies, and the research group Development, Power, and Inequality. The project leader, Professor Tom G. Griffiths, is a member of the Development, Power, and Inequality research group, whose members carry out cross-disciplinary research analysing the nature of and inequalities in development within historical and current political and economic structures and power relations in the Global South. This extends to work considering the actual and potential roles of formal and informal education in realising current and/or reconceptualised models of development.

Area of research

A three-year PhD Fellowship position is vacant at the Department of International Studies and Interpreting in the Section for Development Studies. The PhD candidate will work independently, but in close co-operation with the project leader, and with other academic staff in the section. The candidate will engage in critical research examining education about approaches to sustainable development, with emphasis on targets such as universal well-being across time and space on the one hand, and models of economic growth on the other. The global context includes initiatives like ‘Education for Sustainable Development', associated with the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which the UN characterised as ‘17 Goals to Transform Our World'. Projects may focus on educational interventions that prepare students to critically consider such targets and approaches, and/or provide analyses of how transformative projects associated with world-systems analysis, political economy, political ecology, or degrowth, might be included in education. The project is grounded in critical analyses of the actual and potential roles of education in response to global challenges of sustainable development and climate justice.

The fellowship position is a 100% position for three years, available from 01.09.2022. The successful applicant(s) should have the goal to complete the PhD programme within this time frame and receive a Ph.D.

Applicants must submit a PhD project description with the application based on the template available here. The PhD project description must be in English. Potential applicants are asked to get in touch with the contact person for the overall project for additional information about the project and input on the planned individual project description.

Required qualifications and terms:
  • Successful applicants must have completed a master's degree (equivalent to 120 credits) with a grade B or better, and in addition have a background in educational studies, teacher education or comparative and international education, development studies, or other relevant education at a comparable level. For more information, see Admission requirements. Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken in other countries than Norway should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • Admission to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Education and International Studies is a prerequisite.
  • Successful applicants must have excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • When assessing and ranking the qualified applicants, emphasis will be

    placed on:

  • The scientific quality of the PhD project description, including originality and potential
  • The PhD project's feasibility within the standard period (three years)
  • The relevance of the PhD project description to the overall project to which the PhD proposal is linked (cf. the overview above)
  • A relevant Master's thesis with thematic focus in international education and development, with a Global South dimension, and which applies critical theoretical perspectives
  • Attached scientific work
  • Other relevant publications
  • Experience from previous research activities and project participation
  • Teaching experience at college and university level can be an asset
  • Personal qualities that can contribute positively to the working environment
  • Desired qualifications:
  • Motivation and potential in the field of research
  • Personal qualities that, among other things, show perseverance and the ability to complete tasks
  • The ability to work independently and in collaboration with others, as well as the ability to be innovative and creative
  • The ability to work systematically and under pressure
  • It is important to Oslo Metropolitan University to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavors to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

    We offer:
  • an exciting job opportunity at Norway's third largest university
  • participation in a dynamic and diverse academic community
  • participation in an established doctoral program and a research group relevant to the PhD project
  • a dynamic workplace
  • pension arrangements with the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
  • good employee welfare arrangements
  • Further information:

    For further information about the position, please contact:

  • Head of Department Hilde Arntsen,
  • Professor Tom G. Griffiths,
  • The salary for the PhD fellowship position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title Research Fellow and position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 491,200 NOK per year.

    Expert evaluation:

    Applicants will be assessed by an expert committee. All applications will be reviewed by the faculty before the application papers are forwarded to the expert committee. Applications from applicants who are not qualified, will not be forwarded for assessment. If there are more than 20 qualified applicants for this position, a committee will be established to screen for the best qualified applicants before the expert committee assesses the applications.

    The following documents must be uploaded with the application by the


  • A cover letter stating your reasons for applying, and the reasons why you would be particularly well qualified for this PhD fellowship position.
  • CV, references, and all pages of all certificates/diplomas. The certificates/diplomas must include ECTS grades (A–F). Foreign diplomas must be translated into English by the degree-conferring institution. Education taken abroad should be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and an authorized copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed.
  • A PhD project description of maximum 10 pages. The PhD project description must be written in English.
  • Master's degree/second degree thesis (and any other scholarly work that the expert committee should take into consideration).
  • List of publications.
  • Original documents must be presented if you are invited for an interview. Oslo Metropolitan University inspects documents in order to give all candidates a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

    If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact

    Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

    Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

    To apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the “apply” button in the advertisement.

    OsloMet is a Charter & Code certified institution by the EU Commisson holding the right to use the logo HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R). OsloMet is a member of the EURAXESS network supporting a positive work environment for researchers in motion.

    OsloMet has signed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). DORA recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated.

    Type of employment Stipendiat

    Contract type Full time First day of employment 01.09.2022 Salary NOK 491 200,- per year Number of positions 1 Working hours 100% City Oslo County Oslo Country Norway Reference number 21/12826 Contact

  • Heidi Hertzberg Wold, 67235994
  • Published 21.Dec.2021 Last application date 01.Feb.2022 11:59 PM CET

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