Unequal wages for PhD candidates

Read here about the recently published article on unequal wages for PhD candidates featuring interviews with different people. You can find a short English summary below as well as the link to sign the petition for equal pay for PhD candidates.

English summary by Lisa Tietze

Khrono reports about the current situation in which senior PhD candidates can find themselves earning less than newly employed PhD candidates. In the last two years the salary negotiations have seen an increase in PhD salary. This however mainly applies for new PhD candidates. Since 1st of May 2019, PhD candidates that are unorganized or part of a union in LO Stat, Unio and YS Stat earn 479.600 NOK because they were raised into a new payment framen. A PhD candidate who started a year before that will earn around 8.000 NOK less a year, also from 1st of May 2019, despite being 1 year the senior candidate. The situation is similar for people organized in a union that belongs to Akademikerne.  

 Both Tekna and Forskerforbundet got to say something about the situation as well. Both say that they are aware of the situation and point out that this should be solved locally by the universities. As a good example of that, the university of Bergen appears in the text. UiB took it into their own hands to raise PhD candidates wages into the new pay frame of PhD candidates, who had been employed within the last 12 month before 1st of May 2019.

 If you are unhappy with the situation you have the possibility to contact your local union and sign the petition that was started by, Sinziana Rasca a PhD candidate at Adger University. You can find the petition here.

Annual General Meeting 2019

The annual general meeting (AGM) of SiN took place at University of Stavanger on Friday 24th of May 2019.

Prior to the AGM, on the 23rd of May a seminar day was held. Here, representatives from the different SiNs members sat together and worked through different topics, which are relevant for the PhD and post-doc life in Norway. In addition, representatives from Sweden and Iceland joined the meeting. The background was the desire to interconnect the nordic PhDs more to each other through their representing organizations. This gave a great insight into how things were handled in the different countries and gave much cause to get inspired by each other.

During the AGM, activities of the last year were presented and discussed. Another topic were wishes and plans of the SiN member for the new board.

The new board consists of:

President Enrico Riccardi (NTNU)

Vice-President Yannik Schneider (UiT)

Treasurer Dipesh Sigdel (UiT)

General board members:

Alessandro Melloni (UiB)

Charlotte Weber (UiT)

Ingvild Mageli (UiT)

Irene Namugenyi (NMBU)

Lisa Tietze (NTNU)

Muhammad Ahmed Tauqeer (UiS)

Yizhou Shen (UiO)

Deputy members:

Arsenii Zabirnyk (UiO)

Annette Vogt Hauger (OsloMet)

Annual General Meeting 2018

The annual meeting of Fellowship Organizations in Norway (SiN) was organized in cooperation with PhDForum at OsloMet-Storby University in Oslo, May 25, 2018. Participants from member organizations discussed the activities for the period 2018-2019 and the strategy for the future period.

A new board was chosen consisting of:

President Eirik Myrvoll-Nilsen (UiT)
Vice-President Enrico Riccardi (NTNU)
Treasurer Dipesh Sigdel (UiT)

General board members:
Edgar Lopez-Rojas (NTNU)
Aleksander Hykkerud (NMBU)
Vladimir Levchenko (UiO)
Annette Vogt Hauger (OsloMet)
Muhammad Ahmed Tauqeer (UiS)
Besmir Tola (NTNU)
Charlotte Weber (UiT)

Deputy members:

Arsenii Zabirnyk (UiO)
Abhilash Nair (NMBU)

For more details, please look into our official stipendiat statement (Norwegian):



The annual general meeting (AGM) of SiN will take place at the OsloMet on Friday 25th of May 2018.

The AGM will be preceded by a workshop on the 24th May with representations from our member Universities and affiliated bodies presenting their role as an interest organisation for doctoral students in Norway.

Detailed Agenda and Plan could be found here.

EuroDoc 2018 – SiN Delegation READY

The annual edition of the Eurodoc Conference will be held on April 18-19 in Tampere, Finland. The event will focus on the challenges of research careers and employment. The delegation from SiN is all geared up to attend the conference. The event would be followed by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Eurodoc. SiN being a national organisation, our board members will be the official representatives of the Ph.D and early-stage researchers of Norway at the Eurodoc AGM. 

Read more about it in the link here .

Hearing Reply – Regulations on appointment for the position of Associate professor and Professor

SiN has recently replied to a hearing on regulations about the appointment to the position of Associate Professor and Professor. The new regulation puts a higher emphasis on the ‘competence in teaching’ as criteria for the recruitment. SiN supports that competence beyond the minimum requirement should count as the position of associate professor/professor is usually a position where the time spent between research and teaching is distributed to 50% each. However, SiN also suggests that in order to make it fair and practical; candidates should be given the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate this competence through an academic career path.

Click read more for our full hearing reply (in Norwegian), or see the pdf document here.

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Setting up of UiBdoc in Bergen

After months of constant efforts, SiN board feels accomplished with the creation of the Association of Doctoral students at University of Bergen (UiBdoc). During our last meeting, SiN board members teamed up with a highly enthusiastic representation from the doctoral students of UiB; overseeing the creation of the first official UiBdoc board. The main activates involved a detailed discussion on the preliminary draft of the UiBdoc constitution, organizing the official election of the board members and an informal discussion with the newly elected board sharing our personal experiences working as a member of the local interest organization. After the successful meeting at Bergen, SiN is eagerly looking forward to welcoming a new member to our group.

Gearing for the upcoming Board meeting in Bergen

The board members are geared up for the upcoming half-yearly meeting in Bergen. The consistent efforts of our board members and the local  Ph.D group bears results, as we move one step closer to our vision of creating an interest organization at the University of Bergen. Looking forward to a productive meeting.