Guidelines to PhD research outline

Are you applying for a PhD position affiliated with SUM? Here are the guidelines for how to write your research outline.

All research outlines must be based on this template, and must be uploaded as a PDF with the application in our electronic recruiting system, JobbNorge.

Research outline template

Title of the Project


Short summary of the proposed project (max.100 words) including main objective, research questions, methods, and relevance to the research groups at SUM.

Research outline

  1. Background and theoretical framework
    Describe the theoretical foundation of your proposed research and why you have chosen this particular foundation.
  2. Main objective, research question(s) and hypothesis (if applicable)
    Present the objectives, questions and expected findings of the proposed project. Explain how your research will be relevant for SUM. We expect you to prepare a project proposal aligned with one or more of SUM’s thematic research groups.
  3. Method
    Describe the methodological approach(es) of the project, and your experience with these methods. Explain potential ethical challenges relevant to your project.
  4. Progress plan
    Briefly outline how you intend to organise your doctoral work over the duration of the fellowship. This should include longer research periods outside the University of Oslo (such as fieldwork). We do not expect you to know about individual courses, seminars, etc. that will be included in the training component for the PhD degree.
  5. References
    Max 2,000 characters. The reference list must be sorted alphabetically by author.


The research outline must not exceed four pages of text written in Times, 12-point type, with one and a half line spacing (excluding the List of References). It is up to you to decide how the different sections of the research proposal are distributed among the four pages.

Applications exceeding the limitations will not be considered.


The research outline should be uploaded in the electronic application form for the specific position. Upload the proposal as a PDF file.

Published Apr. 26, 2019 3:09 PM - Last modified Apr. 26, 2019 3:09 PM