UiO–PRIO Student Programme

The programme is currently not open for applications. Another call can be expected late spring 2019, for the autumn term.


Since 2016, the University of Oslo (UiO) and PRIO have been engaged in a strategic partnership. As a vital part of this collaborative relationship, up to ten UiO Master students at a time will be offered a place within the vibrant, international and interdisciplinary research environment on peace and conflict at PRIO. Dept of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH), Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) with which PRIO has active collaboration agreements, are offered up to two student seats each, but all UiO departments and faculties' students are welcome to apply. The first call for applications was concluded in November 2017 when seven students were admitted.

To be considered for this programme, your thesis topic must be thematically related to one of our ongoing projects or to the strategic interests of our individual researchers or groups. A set of topic suggestions are listed below, formulated to different levels of specificity. You may also develop your own idea.

If your application is successful, you will be affiliated with one of our three research departments and will be writing your MA thesis as an integral part of PRIO’s research activities. You will be assigned a PRIO researcher as primary contact, provided with a work station and awarded full access to our facilities on par with regular staff. You are expected to invest ample time and resources into working on your own thesis, and we will do our part in supporting you to fulfil your academic potential. PRIO also expects your commitment to academic excellence, relevance and utility for users, public dissemination and sharing of results, and to PRIO’s overall mission.

The arrangement is granted for a maximum of nine months. In agreement with your internal PRIO contact and the PRIO administration, you may be awarded an additional two months’ extension to convert your thesis into an academic article for publishing in an international academic journal.

To further invest in developing your professional skills and gain a deeper insight in the activities of a peace research institute, you are encouraged to take on paid part-time work for PRIO (up to one day a week) doing research assistance work, internal work for the institute administration, or related to communication activities (all conditional on needs).

Student Programme seats are normally announced twice a year on PRIO’s website as well as via various UiO channels including the Science Shop (Vitenskapsbutikken), with deadlines for applying, but start-up and duration of stay is negotiable.

Criteria employed in the selection process are above all academic merit and fit with PRIO’s research agenda. Attention is also given to gender balance and diversity.

How to apply

Interested students are welcome to submit applications to PRIO via email, consisting of

  1. A motivation letter
  2. A project outline
  3. Your resume  
  4. Transcripts and diplomas
  5. Recommendation letters (if applicable; no requirement)

The project description should include a preliminary title, possible research questions, suggestions for potential cases to be studied, methods for data collection and analysis, and suggestions for theoretical or conceptual discussions to draw on, with a short list of key references.

In your motivation letter, you need to make it clear with which individual researcher, research group and/or project you would like to work. Please also state from when and for how long you would like to sit at PRIO (observing the maximum duration of nine months) and when you plan to submit your thesis. 

We much prefer to receive your application as one single PDF.

For questions, please contact Halvor Berggrav.

Prospective Thesis Topics