Applications and Preparations

The doctoral course will be held 6 – 8 January 2014 at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway. There will be a maximum participation of 18 students, and the language of instruction will be English.

The final application deadline is 15 October, 2013.

Who may apply?

The interdisciplinary nature of the course will appeal to doctoral students from a variety of backgrounds, such as anthropology, sociology, geography, political science, medical science, public health, gender studies, development studies, engineering, economics and area studies.

While doctoral students will be prioritised, researchers, practitioners and masters students may also apply.



No course fees apply and lunch will be provided.

The organisers have some funds available to cover the cost of accommodation (meals not included) for selected students from outside Oslo; if you are in need of such support please state this in your application.

Similarly, there is funding available for a limited number of travel scholarships for selected students (please consult point 4 under 'Application procedures').


Application procedures

Interested students should submit the following by e-mail to


  1. A cover letter signed by your Ph.D. supervisor or another person at your institution/workplace, stating your academic background and academic degree(s) held, your research interests and current research projects (if any), including estimated date of completion of doctoral project.


  1. A statement of purpose, in the form of a 1 page note where you a) briefly describe your current research b) explain in what respect this course will relate to your work and c) inform us whether you intend to submit a revised paper upon completion of the course. (NB: For those who are admitted to the course, this statement may be distributed to lecturers and fellow students via a password-protected intranet site).


  1. An updated CV.


  1. [OPTIONAL]: Students from outside Oslo may apply for either a modest travel scholarship and/or accommodation support, in a separate document following their course application. If you wish to apply for a travel scholarship, please also attach a budget which includes economy class travel.


The final application deadline is 15 October, 2013.

Due to space constraints, an early application is highly recommended.

Successful applicants will be contacted by 20 October, 2013.



A major purpose of the course is to provide participants with comments on their on-going work. It is therefore obligatory for all participants to present a draft paper during the course. The paper should be approximately 10 pages long (4000 – 5000 words, excluding the bibliography).

Students who are admitted to the course should submit their draft paper electronically to the course secretariat [] by 30 November, 2013.

This paper may be revised and resubmitted for evaluation and approval after the course (please consult the section on ‘Credits’ below).

All draft paper submissions will be posted on the course’s password protected intranet site in preparation for the course. This will give participants ample time to read each other’s draft papers in advance.  All participants are expected to give and receive comments on their papers.


Syllabus and programme

A complete reading syllabus list (with links to online publications, when possible) of approximately 1000 pages will available on the course’s intranet site by 15 October.

Participants are expected to read the syllabus in advance of the course.

The final course programme will also posted on the course intranet website.



Your own institution must approve credits for the course. Course participants will receive a Course Certificate, which recommends either 10 or 3 ECTS credits.

For a recommendation of up to 10 credits, a revised paper of about 15 – 20 pages (6000 - 8000 words) must be submitted to the course organisers no later than 8 weeks upon completion of the course, and the paper must be graded with ‘pass’.

The paper will be evaluated by a course lecturer and assessed within eight weeks after submission. 3 ECTS credits are recommended for those who participate in full but choose not to submit a paper.


Check for updates

Please check for updated information at the Ph.D. course’s web pages at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM).

Published Aug. 5, 2013 1:40 PM - Last modified Nov. 9, 2015 1:30 PM