PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowships

If you have a master’s degree or higher, you may be interested in a PhD or postdoc. 

In Norway PhD and postdoc fellowhsips are compensated and recruited much like standard jobs. Similar to the private sector, you may want to explore the websites of your preferred universities. Search for vacant positions on their site (sometimes it is helpful to search on the Norwegian language page for “ledige stillinger” as well as searching vacancies on the English one).

If you specifically wish to stay in Bergen, it can take some time to find a PhD or postdoc position. To search for open positions at specific universities in Bergen, you can take a look at the links below. If your plan is to pursue a PhD or postdoc in any location, you can explore your research interests in academic journals and contact researchers/academics working on interesting topics to inquire about developing a proposal for a research project together.

Universities and University Colleges in Bergen

Job portals

You can set automatic searches or manually search for PhD positions in Bergen or Norway here:

Applying for positions

Often universities provide detailed descriptions of how they will assess applications for PhD or postdoc positions. Generally, the same principle holds true for universities as for the private sector: The candidates should be ranked according to experience/suitability for the position, and the most qualified candidate should get the position. This means that it is important to try to get teaching experience, publications, conference presentations, and other academic experience. It is also important to carefully craft your CV to focus on the experiences that are the most relevant to the position.


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