Frequently Asked Questions

Please find below answers to some of the most usual questions from potential applicants to the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme through KHiB.

Can I as a non-Norwegian citizen, apply for a Fellowship at Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB)?

Yes you can; the programme is international. The fellowship is residential which means that should you apply to KHiB then you will need to be prepared to relocate to Bergen, Norway for the duration of your fellowship.

Can I apply directly to the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme?

No, you cannot approach the Norwegian Artistic Fellowship Programme directly: The Programme Board only considers applications from member institutions that apply on behalf of individuals.

Can I apply to more than one member institution at the time? 

No, you can only apply to one member institution at the time. You must in other words find out why KHiB is the appropriate institution for your project through familiarizing yourself with our current research e.g. through our website.

Should you want to apply to one of the other institutions then you will need to check out their websites as the member institutions’ research areas differ substantially. The application process also differs slightly between the member institutions. Consult for the list of all member institutions.

What is the difference is between KHiB and the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme?

KHiB is one of the member institutions whereas the Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship Programme is national and for all its member institutions. The programme and KHiB do not only have different websites but different tasks; different administrations and different boards.

Would I get a formal PhD by successfully completing a Norwegian Artistic Research Fellowship?

You would obtain an Associate Professor qualification (førsteamanuensis in Norwegian, Senior Lecturer in the UK) but not a PhD degree. 

What is meant by "Please include a formal academic qualification as a lecturer..." - could you give any examples as what this means?

If you are employed as a Lecturer then you should enclose a confirmation of this e.g. your work contract with the institution.

Those not employed as Lecturers may send documentation of relevant professional experience such as participation in exhibitions; competitions; assignments; commissions and/or learning and teaching experience beyond MA-level for assessment of your qualifications.

I do not have and am not yet studying for a PhD, however, I am currently teaching at a university: would that present a problem?

Your current teaching is not a problem as long as you are not employed as an Associate Professor. If you are at Associate Professor level already then you will be deemed to be overqualified for admission.

I am very busy as a practicing artist/designer. What will happen to my career should I go for a fellowship?

The fellowship is a 100% post which is both too intense and demanding to conduct parallel projects that are unrelated to your fellowship project. 

I want to apply through KHiB but I have trouble understanding the application process, why are there so many deadlines?

The application process is comprehensive and highly competitive: in 2015 KHiB received 91 expressions of interest by 1 September and 15 complete applications by the 1 December deadline. KHiB submitted four applications to the programme by mid-April and succeeded with all four.

At KHiB we recommend that you submit an expression of interest by 1 September by way of a minimum of 500 words outlining your project idea: what it is, why it is important and a little bit about how you envisage to realise it. You should enclose your CV and combine the two elements (outline and cv) in one single pdf-file. There is no form for your expression of interest however, you must submit this as one pdf-file in an email to KHiB’s Research and Development Adviser sol.sneltvedt[at] Other file-formats and multiple files will not be considered.

The offer to submit an outline of your project idea by 1 September enables us to determine if your idea is compatible with KHiB and vice versa. We may recommend one of the other member institutions should this not be the case.

The submission of your expression of interest would not be your formal application to KHiB. The deadline for submission of a complete draft application, including all attachments, is 1 December.

I feel that I need to speak with someone at KHiB before I apply, who can help me?

Everyone who submits an expression of interest by 1 September will receive response. KHiB has limited capacity to offer individual guidance at the early stages of the application process.

Should your application be endorsed by KHiB after 1 December then KHiB will offer you support by one of our academics by e-mail, skype and/or in person.

How important is it that I attend the annual information meeting at KHiB?

The information meeting provides general information and in other words, summaries of information already available on the programme’s website and on KHiBs website.

The meeting will help you negotiate the information and allow you to ask us questions however, you do not have to attend in order to apply through KHiB. Everyone is welcome on a drop-in basis.

Published: 9/1/2015 by Kari Bjørgo Johnsen Updated: 8/4/2016 by Sol Sneltvedt