Studentship in Norwegian Studies

5 August 2020

We are very pleased to offer a studentship in Norwegian Studies. The studentship combines a part-time postgraduate scholarship and a part-time Postgraduate Teaching Assistantship in Norwegian.

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Value: £2,685 per annum for up to 6 years (for a PhD programme) + salary remuneration associated to the provision of 160 contact hours in Norwegian language teaching (Grade 6)

NB The value of the scholarship corresponds to the equivalent of the UK/EU PT tuition fees for an MPhil/PhD in the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS).

Eligibility: You must hold an offer for either a PhD programme with us that includes a Norwegian component and have near-native fluency in Norwegian language.

If you have not yet applied for a PhD programme or need guidance on your research proposal, please do feel free to get in touch with Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (Director of Scandinavian Studies) j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk and Dr Elettra Carbone (Lecturer in Norwegian Studies) elettra.carbone@ucl.ac.uk in the first instance to discuss this.

Application Deadline: 16 November 2020

The School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) is very pleased to offer a studentship in Norwegian Studies. The studentship combines a part-time postgraduate scholarship and a part-time Postgraduate Teaching Assistantship in Norwegian.

About the research

The UCL Anglo-Norse Society Postgraduate Scholarship will provide one scholarship to enable a part-time student to pursue a postgraduate degree (either an MA or a PhD) within the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS) at UCL. While there must be a Norwegian component as part of the candidate’s research, this can be embedded in the widest possible range of cross-disciplinary areas. Not only do SELCS’s research specialisms stretch across a wide number of subject areas; the scope of the recipient’s research could be enlarged through the involvement of a secondary supervisor external to SELCS.

The recipient will receive £2,685 for each year of their study, to be used at their discretion to support their fees and/or maintenance costs. The award, which corresponds to the full amount of the UK/EU PT tuition fees for an MPhil/PhD is for up to six years (depending on the length of the recipient’s programme of study) starting from January 2021.

NB For EU prospective applicants accepting a place on a programme as a Home/EU fee student for entry in the academic year 2019/20 and 2020/21, the UK Government has confirmed that funding arrangements will allow them to pay the same tuition fees as UK students for the duration of the student's enrolment on that specific programme (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the UCL fees schedule). In addition, they will remain eligible for financial support in the form of student loans and grants in 2019/20 and 2020/21, even if the degree concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

Further information on UCL’s postgraduate fees is available here:


About the teaching

The recipient is expected to undertake at least 160 hours of Norwegian teaching at undergraduate level (basic and intermediate level) within SELCS during a full academic year alongside their studies. If starting in January 2021, the recipient will therefore only be expected to teach 80 hours in  the academic year 2020/2021. Payments for teaching hours will be made by UCL in line with standard practice across the institution for Post Graduate Teaching Assistants (currently Grade 6).

NB Depending on the candidate’s teaching experience, please note that UCL and SELCS offer teaching support and guidance in the form of departmental mentors and UCL Arena One programmes. More details on the latter can be found here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/professional-development/ucl-arena/arena-one

A phased-in approach to teaching can be discussed if this is desired by the candidate during the academic year 2020/2021.

The selection for this studentship will be on the basis of the following criteria:

  • An excellent academic track record (usually documented by first class BA degree and/or MA degree depending on whether the candidate is applying for an MA or a PhD programme);
  • For students applying for PhD programmes, an outstanding PhD proposal that demonstrates commitment to original research, including a Norwegian component;
  • Fluency in Norwegian and English, both spoken and written, is essential as well as ability to teach Norwegian language.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the position on 1 January 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

How to apply

You should submit your PhD application in the normal way via UCL’s application portal: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/applying-graduate-study

Then you should submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter indicating why you wish to be considered for the studentship. This should include a statement indicating how you intend to meet the Norwegian component requirement of the studentship in your research (max 250 words) as well as a statement (max 250 words) on your commitment to teaching Norwegian language in a higher education institution.
  • A research proposal (c 1000 words). This may be the same proposal submitted with the application for the programme, or an updated version.
  • An updated CV.

You must declare any other sources of funding to which you have also applied.

A complete description of the duties and responsibilities attached to this studentship as well as a full list of eligibility criteria is enclosed

Applications should be submitted by 16 November 2020. Applications received after this deadline cannot be considered. Any queries should be addressed to the Director of Scandinavian Studies at UCL, Prof Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) and the Department’s Lecturer in Norwegian Studies, Dr Elettra Carbone (elettra.carbone@ucl.ac.uk)

Materials should be submitted as a pdf document (please collate all materials in one file) to the SELCS-CMII Professional Services team (selcs.enquiries@ucl.ac.uk) copying in Prof Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen (j.stougaard-nielsen@ucl.ac.uk) and Dr Elettra Carbone (elettra.carbone@ucl.ac.uk)