PhD Research Fellowships in Translation Studies at the University of Agder (Norway)

The University of Agder’s (UiA) Faculty of Humanities and Education will soon put out a call for applications for 3-year PhD Research Fellowships in a range of disciplines, including Translation Studies. Institutional fit in and availability of relevant supervisory capacity at UiA is assessed as part of the selection process. Prospective applicants with excellent academic track records and innovative research proposals are invited to register expressions of interest and send informal inquiries to prospective supervisors at this point.

Translation Studies at the University of Agder

UiA, the first Norwegian university to offer a dedicated Master’s programme in translation, houses the Agder Forum for Translation Studies (AFO), which serves as an important national meeting point for translation scholars in Norway. AFO is home to a cluster of leading specialists in translation studies with extensive experience in developing research-based education programmes in the field, as well as with an extensive track-record of doctoral supervision and participation in international research projects and networks. AFO members are able to supervise projects involving the following areas and methods:

  • cognition and translation
  • multimodality and translation
  • audiovisual and media translation
  • sociology of translation (including Bible and literary translation)
  • corpus-based studies
  • linguistic approaches to translation
  • keystroke log analysis
  • eye-tracking

Eligibility and Selection

This fellowship scheme is open to students of all nationalities and research areas. Although the specific terms of the forthcoming call for applications have not yet been published, the selection process typically involves an assessment of the applicant’s:

  • previous qualifications and work experience
  • quality and originality of the research proposal
  • institutional fit of the proposed research project
  • meeting the admission requirements to the PhD programme in Humanities and Education
  • personal suitability and motivation for the position

Prospective applicants should initiate the process of having their non-Norwegian degrees accredited in Norway well in advance of the publication of the call for PhD research fellowships.

Salary and Conditions

These research positions are located in Kristiansand, Norway. Appointment to a PhD doctoral fellowship requires the applicant’s admission to the PhD programme in Humanities and Education.

PhD research fellows will be employed by UiA and remunerated depending on their previous qualifications. In the 2019 round of this scheme, the salary for successful applicants started at NOK 449,400 p.a. (before taxes). A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is required by current statutory provisions.

Contacting Prospective Supervisors

Contact a prospective supervisor to establish whether your project could be supervised at UiA:

Associate Professor Morten Beckmann (

  • sociology of Bible translation

Professor Barbara Jadwiga Gawronska Pettersson (

  • linguistic approaches to translation
  • sociology of translation
  • multimodality and translation
  • corpus-based studies

Professor Sandra Halverson (

  • translation and cognition
  • corpus-based translation studies

Associate Professor Jean Nitzke (

  • translation and cognition
  • keystroke log analysis, eye-tracking
  • translation technologies and post-editing
  • domain specific (esp. technical and IT) translation; translation into L2

Professor Luis Perez-Gonzalez (

  • multimodality and translation
  • audiovisual and media translation
  • sociology of translation
  • corpus-based translation studies

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