Three PhD Research Fellowships within economics and business

Three positions as PhD Research Fellows in economics and business are available at The School of Economics and Business.

The fellowship period is 3 years. Starting date 15.08.2023.

The positions are financed by the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). We will give priority to candidates interested in one of the five topics listed below, but we will also consider well-qualified applicants with other topics within the overall research portfolio of the School (Open Topic).

All applications must be marked with the topic of interest (Topic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or Open Topic). Topics for applications are:

  1. The changing value of recreation demand: Using novel data and machine learning to value cultural ecosystem services
  2. Management and Leadership: Organising for Sustainability
  3. Environmental Valuation. Nature and Climate Crisis - Trade-offs between land use and ecosystem services in the age of climate change.
  4. Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The role of the entrepreneur in the twin transition
  5. Financial Forecasting and Risk Management
  6. Open Topic

All topics (and contact persons) are described here.

The applicant is made aware that an application for a PhD position at NMBU is at the same time an application for admission to a PhD programme at the institution. The documentation that is necessary to ensure that the admission requirements are met must be uploaded as an attachment.

The main goal of the PhD positions is the development of research capacity and competence. The successful applicants will participate in the School’s PhD programme in Economics and Business. The period of appointment is three years but may be extended to three and a half years if the PhD student contributes to teaching, supervision, research assistance, exam grading, and administration at the School.

The PhD students' research will be in one or more of the School’s main research areas: business administration, finance, strategy and management, taxes, environment, climate, energy, natural resources, development, food, commodity markets, and entrepreneurship and innovation.

The successful candidate is expected to enter a plan for the progress of the work towards a PhD degree during the first months of the appointment, with a view to completing a doctorate within the PhD fellowship period.

The successful applicant must meet the conditions defined for admission to a PhD programme at NMBU.

  • The applicant must have an academically relevant education corresponding to a five-year Norwegian degree programme, where 120 credits are at Master's degree level.
  • Relevant educations are Master’s degrees in economics, business, or similar.
  • Candidates without a Master’s degree have until 30 June, 2023 to complete the final exam.
  • An average grade of B or better for the overall Master’s degree and a grade of B or better on the Master’s theses are required.

Emphasis is placed on analytical skills, academic grades, motivation, and qualifications to complete a PhD study. The candidate must be able to work independently, participate actively in the academic community, and be innovative and creative. It is an advantage if the applicant speaks and writes Norwegian.

The applicant must have a documented strong academic background from previous studies and be able to document proficiency in both written and oral English. For more detailed information on the admission criteria please see the PhD Regulations and the relevant PhD programme description.

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1017 PhD. Fellow. PhD. Fellows are normally placed in pay grade 54 (NOK 5001.200,-) on the Norwegian Government salary scale upon employment and follow ordinary meriting regulations.

Employment is conducted according to national guidelines for University and Technical College PhD scholars.

For further information, please contact

or the supervisors assigned to each topic.

Information for PhD applicants and general Information to applicants

To apply online for this vacancy, please click PhD Research Fellowships within economics and business, three positions (240160) | Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) (

The application must include

  • Cover letter - statement of motivation and research interests and an outline of the proposed doctoral research project (1 – 2 pages). The cover letter must be marked with the topic of interest (topic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or Open Topic).
  • CV (summarizing education, positions, and academic work - scientific publications).
  • Copies of the original Bachelor and Master’s degree diploma, transcripts of records and letters of recommendation.
  • Documentation of English proficiency.
  • List of publications and academic work that the applicant wishes to be considered by the evaluation committee.
  • Names and contact details of 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number).

Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University's grading system. Please note that all documents should be in English or a Scandinavian language.

Application deadline: 08.03.2023

Applicants may be called in for an interview. Applicants invited for an interview are expected to present original diplomas and certificates.

Published 4. February 2022 - 9:09 - Updated 10. February 2023 - 12:47