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PhD - fellowship position - International Social Work

Deadline: 07.11.2019

The Department of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social Policy offers a 3-year PhD fellowship position within the topic of international social work related to refugees and / or asylum seekers. The position is located in the doctoral program in social work and social policy.


OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University is one of Norway’s largest universities, with more than 20,000 students and 2,000 employees. OsloMet delivers knowledge to solve societal challenges, in close cooperation with the society and employers. OsloMet is an urban and diverse university with a clear international profile, and an attractive place to work and study with campuses in Oslo city center and at Kjeller in the Municipality of Lillestrøm. Our location in the metropolitan area gives us good opportunities to understand and benefit from the city’s diverse population.

Faculty of Social Sciences offers study programmes within archivistics, library and information science, journalism and media studies, social work, social policy and child welfare, public management and business.

The faculty has about 4200 students and nearly 280 members of staff.

The department has approximately 1250 students and 90 employees, and offers study programmes on bachelor’s, master’s and PhD level.

The PhD project has to be be designed within the field of "international social work". The target group for the project should be refugees and/or asylum seekers who establish themselves in unfamiliar and perhaps challenging contexts, and are in need of psychosocial assistance and intervention from social workers. Furthermore, the project should have an emphasis on the social workers' contribution, role, knowledge, working methods and approaches in international social work.

Following items could be relevant:

  • International social work for current refugees, for example through “Social works without border” or “Red Cross” or other NGOs involved in refugee work
  • Intervention in international social work
  • Intervention connected to integration of refugees


  • A masters degree (120 ETCS) in a relevant field; Social work, Child Welfare or Social 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:

  • Relevant research experience
  • Relevant professional experience from welfare or social services
  • Relevant experience from work with refugee, on escape or in refugee camp
  • Relevant experience from international social work


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’s relevance to the doctoral programme in social work and social policy will also be emphasized. The project proposal should be written in English or Norwegian. The proposal should consist of maximum10 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, inclusive planned articles
  • Eventually planned stay at a relevant University abroad
  • List of reference

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.
  • Project description/proposal (Max. 10 pages, including list of references)
  • Your second degree/master's degree thesis
  • Eventually Relevant scientific works or paper/presentation
  • 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 for an interview. OsloMet performs document inspections 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 [email protected]

We offer:

  • The opportunity for academic support and development in a large and comprehensive educational and research environment
  • An active research group with regular meetings, seminars and support networks
  • A good working environment loan terms and pension benefits from the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund

Contact information

For more information on the positions, please contact:

  • Head of Department, Anne Britt Djuve, + 47 67 23 73 39/+47 959 67 244
  • Head of the PhD programme, Amy Østertun Geirdal , +47 67 23 81 50

Salary is set in accordance with the Norwegian State Salary Scale, job code 1017, NOK 479 600. (salary level 54)

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.

OsloMet has implemented the Charter & Code and is certified to use the HR Excellence in Research (HRS4R) logo by the European Commission.

OsloMet is a member of the EU Researchers in Motion network Euraxess.

Reference number: 19/09498


  • Anne Britt Djuve, +4767237339
  • Amy Østertun Geirdal, +47 67 23 81 50

Deadline: 07.Nov.2019

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