Supporting Research in the Environmental Humanities

Research across disciplines

The Oslo School of Environmental Humanities aims to stimulate experimental environmental research that asks innovative questions and seeks dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary divides, and beyond academia.

OSEH supports scholars in the humanities by providing funding for interdisciplinary research groups that foster new research projects. These collaboratories should seek to strengthen the role of the environmental humanities in initiating research on climate change and the environment, and support scholars from the humanities who seek collaboration with scholars from disciplines other than their own.

OSEH also supports smaller initiatives aimed at strengthening the community of environmental humanities scholars at UiO.

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Collaboratories funded by OSEH

  • sprukket-jord-660px Anthropogenic Soils

    A science-humanities-arts collaboratory on soil care in contaminated times. Anthropogenic Soils aims to start conversations around soils from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

  • 002-jumping-kids-1014 Curating Climate

    How can we exhibit climate – a phenomenon far removed from human perception? The Curating Climate collaboratory will explore the dynamic and transgressive field of the ‘climate museum’.

Apply for funding

We currently accept two kinds of applications:

Long-term OSEH Collaboratories

OSEH supports scholars in the humanities by providing funding for interdisciplinary research groups. These collaboratories should jointly develop new research questions, propose a plan for a collaborative research project, and eventually apply for external project funding. The main applicant (PI) needs to be based at UiO’s Faculty of Humanities, but further members of a collaboratory may come from any other faculty or institution. We encourage collaboration across faculties and institutions, as well as beyond the traditional boundaries of academia, towards artists, museum curators, film-makers, journalists and more.

Each collaboratory may apply for up to 75 000 NOK per year, for up to 2 years. Funds may be spent, for instance, on workshops and seminars, invitation of visiting scholars, or research assistance. Applications can be submitted twice a year, on 1 March and 1 October. All applications will be evaluated by a committee consisting of research leaders from the three participating departments, the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas (IFIKK) and the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH).

Applications should include:

  • Outline of the collaboratory’s topic, research plans, and future objectives (max 1000 words)
  • Brief introduction of the main applicant (PI) and list of collaborators with weblinks to their academic or professional profiles (max 500 words)
  • Statement on relevance for OSEH and the environmental humanities: See
  • List of planned activities
  • Budget

Submit your application here.

NB: Deadline for fall 2019 has been extended to 15 October.

Only applications submitted through the online system will be evaluated.

Community-building initiatives

OSEH will support small-scale initiatives that seek to strengthen the community of scholars working within the field of environmental humanities at UiO. We can support the organization and co-funding of events that bring together interdisciplinary environmental scholars with the aim of promoting innovative research. Applicants need to be based at the Faculty of Humanities at UiO. Participating scholars may come from any other faculty or institution.

We encourage applications that involve scholars from the natural sciences. We also encourage creative applications that seek collaboration with a broader public and involve, for instance, artists, film-makers, or other actors engaged in environmental research. 

Applications for these initiatives can be submitted at any time. Please allow up to one month for a funding decision. Applications will be evaluated by the director of OSEH.

Applications should include:

  • Brief presentation of the project (max 1000 words)
  • Brief introduction of the applicant with link to personal website, as well as to the websites of the other members of the group (max 500 words)
  • Relevance for OSEH and the environmental humanities See
  • List of concrete plans
  • Budget

Submit your application here.

Deadline: Rolling. 

Only applications submitted through the online system will be evaluated.