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PhD Fellowship positions in educational leadership and pedagogy

OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is Norway’s third largest university, with nearly 22,000 students and 2,200 employees. Through the students we educate and the research we produce, the university has a direct impact on society, both in Norway and beyond. The university has two campuses, one in central Oslo and another a short distance from the city in the municipality of Lillestrøm. OsloMet is home to some of Norway’s largest and oldest educational programmes, including degree programmes in nursing, engineering and teacher education. The university is also a hub of research and technological innovation aimed at strengthening and sustaining the Norwegian welfare state.

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 Primary and Secondary Teacher Education (GFU) has strong research communities within the field of school subjects, educational science, and digital competence, and educates teachers for the Norwegian school system in close cooperation with the field of practical training. The Department offers studies on bachelor and master level, and contributes to the general development of skills for school employees through continuing and further education.

The Faculty of Teacher Education and International Studies has available two scholarships as PhD fellows in the Department of Primary and Secondary Teacher Education. Read more about this institute on our website, including presentations of the institute’s 11 research groups: Particularly relevant for this call is the research group Educational Leadership, Classroom Research, and Text and Disciplinary Didactics.

Area of research

The positions are for four years and include 75% research and 25% teaching-related work. The positions aim for research training up to a doctorate. The positions are available from 01.09.2023.

Applicants must prepare a project description to submit with their application based on the template available here: Candidates must design a research project that is linked to educational leadership/school management, or a project in pedagogy aimed at pupils/education/Nordic bildung. Applicants are invited to get in touch with a contact person for additional information about the project and input on the project description. Please make contact before the Christmas holiday. For advice on how to create a good project description, potential applicants are encouraged to register to attend the department's project description seminar. The seminar will be held on the 22nd of November at 01.00 PM UTC +1 and will last two hours. Registration deadline is 20th of November, and for more information and registration please see:

Qualifications and conditions

In the assessment and ranking of qualified applicants, emphasis will be placed on 

Desired qualities

Oslo Metropolitan University strives to ensure that our employees reflect the diversity of the population of the region. We work continuously to further develop Oslo Metropolitan University as an inclusive workplace, and to adapt the workplace if required. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates, also those who have experienced periods without work, education, or training. 

We offer

Further information

For more information about the position and discussion of possible research project approaches, please contact:

The salary for the position is in accordance with the pay scale for Norwegian state employees, job title and position code. PhD and position code 1017. State salary wage scale 54, 501 200 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. The following documents must be uploaded with the application by the deadline: 

Applicants may also be assessed by an internal screening committee at OsloMet in addition to the expert committee. If an internal screening committee is used, applicants will be informed after the application deadline has expired. 

Original documents must be presented in connection with an interview. Oslo Metropolitan University inspects documents in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

In order to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page. If you have documents that cannot be uploaded electronically, please contact 

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying and provide reasons for why you are particularly qualified for this Ph.D. scholarship position.

For practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway read here:

Deadline for applications: 01.01.2023 Ref.:                                   22/07008

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.