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16 Mar 2020 Vacancy

PhD fellowship

CMI is seeking a PhD candidate to conduct research in the framework of the following NORGLOBAL research project, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN):

China and the global aid architecture:  Understanding China’s evolving development assistance

China’s development aid is expanding and there are many indications that some of its policies are changing. This is can be seen through the new organization of aid at home as well as internationally in the relationship to the global aid architecture and established donors, in the rapid expansion in both the volume of aid and the geographical scope of recipients, and in the launch of new aid instruments.

The project will identify the explanations behind the evolving Chinese aid and how China interacts with the Western-dominated aid architecture. The project analyses the evolving development aid policy and management at central level in China; the engagement with multilateral institutions, including a case study of China's new relations with the African Union; and case studies of implementation of Chinese bilateral aid in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Mozambique focusing on job creation, skills development and management of national debt.

More information about the project is available here . 

The fellowship is four years, including one year of work for CMI as host institution. The PhD candidate must have residence in Bergen during the fellowship.



  • MA in a discipline relevant to the project including, but not limited to, anthropology, political science, development studies, history, geography, economics.
  • Good writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams.
  • Innovative and creative.

English is the working language of the project and at CMI, and candidates must be proficient in English. Knowledge of other languages (e.g. Mandarin) is an advantage. 

The successful candidate must be admitted to a relevant doctoral program within the first six months of the fellowship.


CMI offers:

  • The opportunity to be part of the leading multidisciplinary development research institute in Scandinavia.
  • A stimulating work environment.
  • Salary according to CMI’s pay scale, starting at NOK 480,000 per year.
  • Excellent pension and insurance schemes. 

Starting as soon as possible date by appointment. 


How to apply:

We only accept applications via , job ID 182915.

Please submit the following:

  • A short (3-5 pages) letter of motivation explaining why you apply for a PhD and how you plan to approach the research within the framework of the specific project. This includes an outline of a tentative proposal for a research project. The letter should also describe aspects of your educational background and experience that would be of value for the project.
  • CV including list of publications.
  • Names and contact details of two references.
  • Copies of grade certificates.
  • An electronic copy of your MA thesis.

Deadline for application is 16 March 2020. We appreciate if you mention where you found this call.

Any questions regarding the position can be addressed to