"KIFO Centre for Church Research, Oslo Norway invites applications for
two-three full-time PhD scholarships within the research program "Religion
in the public sphere. A Comparative Study of the Five Nordic Countries"
(NOREL) for a period of three or four years, starting April 1, 2010. One
position will be located in Oslo, Norway. The other one-two positions will
be located either in Uppsala Sweden, Aarhus Denmark or Tampere Finland. It
is expected that the PhD students will finish a PhD within the scholarship
period. The scholarships follow local regulations of the host institution.

NOREL is a four year NORDCORP research project (2009-2013) funded by Joint
Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social
Sciences (NOS-HS). The program systematically compares religious changes
empirically in the five Nordic countries during 1988-2008. The findings will
be interpreted within social science theories. The language of the program
is English. Currently, fourteen senior researchers from all the five Nordic
countries are involved in the program. The PhD students will be part of this
highly qualified research group.

Within the NOREL program, the PhD students will conduct research within one
of the following three areas:

1.      Religion and the media
2.      The role of religion in civil society
3.      Religion and politics

The students will write a PhD dissertation based on an empirical study. The
study will be comparative, including data from all the five Nordic
countries. The study will provide the basis for reflections on sociological
or social science theory. The students will receive practical support from
the research group regarding data collection in the various Nordic

Selected applicants will be asked to submit a project outline which is
relevant to one of these three areas.

Enrollment as a PhD student at a relevant graduate school is a prerequisite
for being granted a PhD scholarship. The successful applicant must have a
relevant BA degree of 180 ECTS and have, prior to April 1 2010,
satisfactorily completed a relevant MA degree consisting of at least 120

Relevant academic fields are: sociology, media studies, religious studies,
theology, social sciences.

In assessing applications, we will focus on the candidates' ability to
present an original and interesting research project that can contribute
productively to the NOREL program within one of the three areas outlined
above. Applicants must also demonstrate their personal suitability for the
position. Emphasis will be placed on good teamwork skills.

The working language is English. A high level of oral and written
proficiency in English is required.

Appointment will be made by a committee consisting of researches involved in
the NOREL program and one or more external senior researchers.

It is a goal to achieve a balanced gender representation, and include
different age groups and ethnic minorities. Women and ethnic minorities are
particularly encouraged to apply.

Salaries for the PhD students will follow the regulations for PhD students
in the country where the student is enrolled. The holder of the scholarship
will be expected to carry out duties equivalent of 25% of the position for
administrative work, participation in research projects, and dissemination
of research for the host institution.

Selected applicants will be asked to submit a project outline which is
relevant to one of the areas of the NOREL program described above. The
outline must be maximum 8 pages and include a presentation and discussion of
research questions, theory, data and methods. The combination of empirical
study and theoretical reflection will be emphasized. The holder of the
scholarship will be expected to further develop and alter the project in
cooperation with the program director and the supervisor.
We highly recommend the applicants to learn about the NOREL program, its
goals, objectives and research outline. For more information about the
NOREL-program, please visit:


Please submit your application to:
KIFO, Postbox 45, Vindern
N-0353 Oslo

Please ensure that you include the following:
a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, statement of the area of
interest within the NOREL program, a statement where you would like to be
enrolled, certified copies of diplomas, and the names, addresses and email
addresses of three references in 4 copies, and 3 copies of academic
publications and a list of publications.

The applicants are fully responsible for submitting complete documentation
in a sufficient number of copies.

The application must be submitted in English. Certified diplomas in the
Nordic languages are accepted.

Position start date: April 1 2010
Application deadline: January 15, 2010

Further information about the scholarships may be obtained by contacting
Inger Furseth, phone: +47 23 33 47 24 or email: inger.furseth@kifo.no   "