PhD Scholarship – Department of Communication and Culture

The Department of Communication and Culture at the Norwegian Business School is pleased to announce two four-year PhD positions. We welcome applications from candidates with a strong background in business studies or the social sciences, and a specific interest in doing research on communication.  Depending on their specific interests accepted candidates will enroll in one of the following Ph.D. specializations: ‘Leadership and Organisation’, ‘Strategy and Entrepreneurship’, or ‘Marketing’. The four-year program at BI is designed for talented students who wish to pursue an international career within academia and who can contribute to the international arena with their research and publications.

The Department of Communication and Culture, where the candidate will be based, is currently home to about 52 faculty. The Department is highly international in its faculty composition as well as its ongoing research and industry collaborations. The department hosts research groups within Internet and Society, Corporate Communication, Creative Industries and Education. Ongoing research in the department is for instance concerned with online organizing and communities, the roles of communication technologies in shaping digital work and work culture, social legitimacy of technological transformations, the role of the arts in the digital transformation, the structural changes of the creative industries, and innovation in education management. We are looking for candidates who want to contribute to one of these research streams, or more broadly to the field of communication research. 

The members of the department regularly publish on such issues in the field’s top journals, including among others New Media & Society, Information, Communication & Society, Journal of Management Information Systems, Technology in Society, Science and Engineering Ethics, Big Data & Society, the Information Society, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Human Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, Computers in Human Behavior, Telematics and Informatics, and the International Journal of Information Management.

Eligible applicants must have completed a Master of Science degree with thesis work, research masters/M.Phil. degree, or a comparable degree relevant for research in communication science by the early autumn of 2023, with a grade point average of B or higher. Final year Master of Science students are also encouraged to apply. An MBA degree does not fulfill the requirements for admission. Accepted applicants will be offered close supervision by experienced scholars and follow-up by the other scholars at the department.

The four-year scholarship currently pays NOK 523.000,- annually (this amount will be increased after 2022 salary adjustments). The position gives automatic access to BI’s pension scheme. The scholarships require 25% of the teaching responsibilities of a full-time tenured position. Ph.D. candidates will have their place of work at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway.

Additional information about the doctoral program, admission requirements, and the application can be obtained from the Doctoral Administration at BI Norwegian Business School (Email: and the department’s website


  • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, please include transcripts of grades
  • Certificate of a Bachelor’s degree, please include transcripts of grades
  • A Diploma Supplement or a similar document describing in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree  (
  • Other relevant certificates and transcripts
  • A project proposal (5-10 pages including topic, proposed method, schedule) and a tentative list of courses
  • CV
  • Letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher (a minimum of 2 letters) or the names, titles and institon they work. As they may forward their letters to by the application deadline.
  • A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities
  • Signed verificaton document Template to be found here
  • Certificates from previously completed courses at the doctoral level, if requesting approval of these for the Ph.D. programme at BI Norwegian Business School (see last section of § 3.1.1 in our Ph.D. Re-gulations)

Please note that all documents must be uploaded in the electronic application. Documents may not be submitted by e-mail. Furthermore, note that any documents forwarded after the application deadline will not be considered. Exceptions will only be made for students who are completing their master’s degree in 2023 and do not have a final certificate when applying. Please note that you will not be able to revise your application once it has been submitted.

Candidates may at a later stage be asked to forward further information and/or be called in for an interview.