UiO-PRIO Student Programme

The application deadline for the spring semester 2020 has now passed. We expect to post a new call for autumn 2020 participants in April 2020. 


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's students each year are offered a place within the vibrant, international and interdisciplinary research environment on peace and conflict at PRIO. Students from any and all UiO faculties and departments are welcome to apply. Students based at 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 especially encouraged to apply.

To be considered for this programme, your thesis topic must be thematically related to one of our ongoing research projects or relevant to the strategic interests of our individual researchers or groups. A set of topic suggestions are listed below, formulated to different levels of specificity. It is also possible to develop your own idea, although you should do so in consultation with a potential supervisor at PRIO. You should be in the second year of your master’s during your time at PRIO.

If your application is successful, you will be affiliated with one of our three research departments. Your work on your MA thesis will be an integral part of PRIO’s research activities. You will be assigned a PRIO researcher as a primary contact, provided with a work station and provided with full access to our facilities on par with regular staff. You are expected to invest ample time and resources into working on your 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 stakeholders, 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-month extension to convert your thesis into an academic article for publication in an international academic journal.

To further invest in developing your professional skills and gain a deeper insight into 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). All students will also be offered the chance to participate in a thesis writing workshop run by PRIO’s special adviser on project development and publications, Lynn Nygaard.

The standard spring semester start date for a master’s placement at PRIO is 2nd January. However, start dates and duration of stay (up to a maximum of nine months) are 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 e-mail, consisting of

  1. A motivation letter
  2. A project outline
  3. Your CV
  4. Transcripts and diplomas
  5. Recommendation letters (optional)

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 be based at PRIO (no longer than nine months) and when you plan to submit your thesis.

Please send your application as a single PDF.

If you have questions, please contact David Allen.

Prospective Thesis Topics