Two PhD Fellowship Positions in Journalism and Media Studies

The Department of Journalism and Media Studies (IJM) offers two 3-year PhD fellowship positions. The successful applicant will enroll and participate in the doctoral program in library and information science at the Faculty of Social Sciences. She/he will be a member of one of the five research groups at IJM (see descriptions below).

The PhD project is to be designed and conducted in a way that contributes significantly to the research group that the successful candidate will join. The applications will be ranked by an external evaluation committee. The position will fall to the applicant with the top-ranked application, given that – after an interview round with the person and the other leading candidates – the candidate is found to be best suited to fill the position.

Research Groups in IJM

Digital Journalism (DJRG) strives towards being a leading environment for research and development activities within the field of digital journalism in Norway, as well as internationally. The group investigates how the profession and the journalistic institutions are changing, and also to gain a more refined understanding of journalism’s role and boundaries in society and thus also of what journalism is and what (digital) journalism studies should be. For more information: Digital Journalism (DJRG)

Media, War and Conflict (MEKK) investigates and analyses journalism in and about war, conflict and peace processes. The research is of direct relevance to the journalism profession and for the study programmes both in journalism, photojournalism and media and communication at all levels from BA to PhD at the department of journalism and media studies. For more information: Media, War and Conflict (MEKK)

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design in Media (MIED) concentrates their research on media start-ups and innovation in a media environment typified by rapid changes in technology, stakeholders, markets and media usage. For more information: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Design in Media (MIED) 

Media, Environment and Society (MMS) investigates the central questions regarding climate change in the media and society. We will do qualitative content analyses of climate summits and national elections of all countries in the world. The purpose is to keep an overview of how the rhetoric and the politicians handle the climate question. For more information: Media, Environment and Society (MMS)

Media Narration Group (MNG) looks at how narratives develop over time and how they construct and reflect ways of seeing reality, both in journalism and other media productions. In particular, we examine how different developments in society affect media texts (verbal, visual and auditory), and vice versa. An important part of the group’s work is to strengthen discussion between researchers, media practitioners and society in general. For more information: Media Narration Group (MNG)

Main duties of the position

The PhD fellow is expected

  • to conduct research that contributes significantly to realizing the objectives of the group. 
  • to contribute to group workshops and consortium meetings and engage in IJM departmental meetings.

You must have

  • A master’s degree (120 ETCS) in a relevant field; preferably Media and Communication Studies, Journalism Studies or Information science
  • Good competence in methods (quantitative and/or qualitative)
  • Good language skills in English
  • Ability to work independently and goal oriented
  • Strong interest in research

Desired background

  • Research experience beyond a masters’ degree
  • Experience with international research cooperation


  • The PhD positions require admission to the PhD Program in Library and Information Science
  • A final plan for the PhD scholarship shall be approved and made contractual no later than 3 months after commencement of fellowship.

The project proposal will be heavily weighted in the assessment of the applicants. The proposal must indicate that the project will realistically lead to a doctoral degree within the three-year period. The project proposal should be written in English, consist of maximum 10 pages and include the following elements:

  • Research questions, theory and method
  • Relevant knowledge requirements within the research area
  • Schedule for the educational and research plan.

The project proposal must be relevant for one of our research groups. You must specify in your application and at the very start of the project proposal for which of the research groups the proposal is most relevant.

It is important to OsloMet to reflect the population of our region, and all qualified candidates are welcome to apply. We make active endeavours to further develop OsloMet as an inclusive workplace and to adapt the workplace if required. You are also welcome to apply for a position with us if you have experienced periods where you have not been in work, education or training.

We offer

the opportunity for academic support and development in a large and comprehensive educational and research environment

  • an active research group and a project group with regular meetings, seminars and support networks
  • a good working environment loan terms and pension benefits from the Norwegian State Pension Fund
  • free Norwegian classes to employees
  • working location in downtown Oslo with multiple cultural offers

Practical information about relocation to Oslo and living in Norway

If you wish to apply for the position, please apply electronically by clicking the button at the bottom of the page.

Expert evaluation

An expert committee will assess applicants. You must upload the following documents together with your application by the final date for applications:

  • CV and copies of diplomas and references (all pages). 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 preferably be recognised in advance by NOKUT, and a confirmed copy of the letter of recognition should be enclosed
  • project proposal (Max. 10 pages, including list of references)
  • your master’s degree thesis
  • other relevant scientific works or papers/presentations
  • summary of relevant publications/research experiences

You must upload all of these documents. Original documents and valid passport must be presented if you are invited to an interview. OsloMet inspects documents in order to give you as a candidate a proper evaluation and ensure fair competition.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered. The application must state your reasons for applying to the project and what makes you particularly qualified to carry out this PhD work.

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

Contact information

For more information on the positions, please contact:

Head of department Nathalie Hyde-Clarke, e-mail:

Or the relevant Research Group Leader (see contact details on relevant websites, links above)

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, NOK 482 200. (salary level 54)

Deadline for applications: 29.03.2021 

Ref.: 21/01555