want to do a PhD in Bergen?
The Faculty of Arts at my University just advertised seven four-year research fellowships for PhD students, and this time they’ve been advertised in English, which makes it rather easier for international applicants. In Norway PhD students are regular university employees rather than grant recipients, and the annual salary is NOK 292,000 or about US $45,000. These are four year positions, where one year is to be spent teaching, the rest on research. The application deadline is May 6.
The way this works is that if you want to apply, you need to find a potential advisor for your dissertation to start with. He or she (or me) will probably want to see your project proposal before agreeing to advise you should you be accepted, and will likely give you feedback on your proposal too. Then you submit (electronically) your five page project description, a summary of your MA thesis that should be three pages max, along with a CV and your application letter (where you should say that X has agreed to be your supervisor and you would like to be affiliated with Y department) and some other tidbits. Each department goes through “their” applications, evaluates each one and prepares a prioritised list for the faculty research committee with brief descriptions of everyone’s qualifications and project. Then the faculty research committee selects (the applicants they think are) the best seven across all the departments.
My department would love a new PhD research fellow. In practice, I’d probably be your main advisor, though we’re an expanding department and expect to be hiring two more people working on digital textuality and digital culture within the next year or so. We’re a small department, but vibrant! In addition to my work, our department runs Lingo, which is a MOO-based language learning system currently in use for online and hybrid language learning in German, Spanish, Norwegian, French and Russian. Oh, and sign language! Lingo is led by Daniel Jung, and Lingo is also involved in the Encore Consortium. Hilde Corneliussen does research on gender and computing, and is starting a new project on gender and MMOGs. Scott Rettberg, of Grand Text Auto and Electronic Literature Organization fame, is joining us in May, though we’ve only secured him for a limited time. The University of Bergen also has other great research going on in text technology and humanities computing from the Wittgenstein Archive to people in the Nordic department developing XML and fonts and standards for digital editions of ancient Norse texts. Over in the Faculty of Social Sciences we work with people like Rune Klevjer, who organised the Aesthetics of Play conference last year. You might also be interested in BEK, Bergen’s centre for electronic art, and other people around Bergen. There’s a lot going on.
So if you have an MA or equivalent and are interested in doing a PhD in new media – electronic literature, weblogs, World of Warcraft (heh), social software, MOOs and learning or other kinds of networked communication of the kind you see discussed on this blog, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oh, and feel free to pass this on or reblog it! We’d love to get lots of good applications!