BI Norwegian Business School - PhD Scholarship – department of Communication and Culture, with a PhD specialization in Education Management

BI Norwegian Business School is one of Europe's top business schools with over 20,000 students. As Norway’s leading provider of Business and administrative education, BI builds on a unique tradition of combining professional expertise and industry relevance. The studies range from bachelor to master and doctoral degree programmes. BI is also known for its customised programmes for both private and public sector.

BI has some of Europe's leading academic environments within the areas of finance, economy, strategy, marketing and management. As a BI employee you will meet exciting challenges in an engaging and international environment with over 800 colleagues who daily contribute to the development of the knowledge society. BI’s annual turnover is approximately 1.5 billion NOK and the school is organised as an independent foundation whose purpose is teaching and research. All profits are used to strengthen BI's academic- and learning environment.

PhD Scholarship – department of Communication and Culture, with a PhD specialization in Education Management

Application deadline: 24/03/2017

PhD Position within Education Management project Open-to-LearningTM

The Department of Communication and Culture is pleased to announce a PhD position connected to the interdisciplinary project Open-to-LearningTM. The candidate will be part of the Education Management Research team at BI Nydalen on a daily basis, but will complete their PhD program courses as an externally funded candidate at NTNU, in order to develop multi-institutional research networks between BI and NTNU. It is a prerequisite for the employment, that the candidate will be admitted to a pdh-programme at NTNU.

Our research and teaching with an emphasis on education management focuses on evaluating and developing ways to enrich and enhance the educational system at all levels. 

The PhD candidate will specifically work with and evaluate BI’s initiative on Open-to-LearningTM. The initiative focuses on teaching school leaders how to build trust with stakeholders, while doing the tough work. The evaluation uses a mixed method approach."

The four-year programme is designed for talented candidate who wish to pursue an international career within academia and who can contribute on the international arena with their research and publications. This is in keeping with the school’s vision of being one of the leading research business schools in Europe.

The Department of Communication and Culture is currently home to about 34 faculty and 4 PhD students. The Department is highly international (currently including 9 nationalities) with Scholars who collaborate with some of the world’s best business schools (St. Gallen, Berkeley, Oxford, CBS, Stanford, Erasmus, among others). The department hosts research groups within Education Management, Internet and Society, Corporate Communication and Creative Industries. The recruitment of a new PhD is an important element of the department’s research agenda, as part of our goal to meet BI’s vision of being one of the leading business schools in Europe. The selected candidate will be working closely with faculty and have the opportunity to collaborate on research projects. Their place of work will be at the Department of Communication and Culture, BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo

Applicants for this open PhD position must have completed a two-year (120 ECTS) Master’s Degree with thesis work (Master of Science) by September 2017 to be considered for a PhD scholarship. An average grade of B or better is required.

The four-year scholarships are currently NOK 455 000, - per year (will be adjusted during 2016). The positions provide for automatic membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (Statens Pensjonskasse).The scholarships require 25% teaching or research assistant responsibilities. PhD candidates will have their place of work at BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway.

For additional information about the position and application, please contact our head of department For specific admission requirements for the specific PhD program at NTNU, please see

Please note that you will be required to upload the following with your application, via BI’s online application system:

  • Certificate of a Master of Science degree or equivalent, including transcripts of grades
  • Certificate of a Bachelor degree or equivalent, including transcript 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)
  • CV
  • Letters of recommendations from relevant employers/tutors providing evidence of your skills as a researcher (a minimum of 2 letters)
  • Certificates from previously completed courses at the doctoral level
  •  A complete list of all publications and/or other documented relevant activities

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 2017 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.


Søknadsfrist: 24.03.2017

Kontakt: Gillian Warner-Søderholm (Instituttleder)
Telefon: +47 46410697