Process and criteria

How to apply for admission to a PhD programme?

How do you apply? Funding is essential

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Admission requires that you have completed a Master’s education, normally of at least five years. Full funding is also required. The remaining requirements differ between faculties, academic fields and the specific PhD research fellow vacancy.

Broadly speaking, there are two ways to fund your PhD education. Firstly, you can apply for and receive a PhD research fellowship at UiB. The research fellowships are announced at the Jobb Norge website. You may also obtain a research fellowship or other kinds of funding through a private firm or public institution. Some of these positions will be announced, while others presuppose an employer that funds your PhD research for three years.

At some faculties, you will be hired as a research fellow and admitted to the PhD programme in one single process. Your project description and documentation of education will be the key documents in this process. At other faculties the fellowship recruitment and admission to the PhD programme will be somewhat separated. The faculty relevant for your academic field can upon request, inform you on the applicable arrangement.     

If you have funding and employer external to UiB you will in all instances need to apply for admission to the PhD programme in a separate process. If this applies to you, please contact relevant faculty.

If you have funding and employer from outside of Norway, here are guidelines for you, irrelevant if you apply for admission or if you are on a temporary research stay at UiB.