PhD fellowship affiliated to the artistic research project Craftsmanship

NMH has a vacant fellowship position for a folk musician on the PhD programme in artistic research affiliated to the three-year artistic research programme Craftsmanship. Application deadline is 1 September 2020.

The Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH) is a higher education institution specialising in arts and science. The NMH is recognised internationally as a leading music education institution with outstanding teachers and committed students working in an inspiring environment. The NMH trains musicians, composers, conductors, music teachers and music therapists at bachelor, master and PhD level. The academy has a busy concert schedule and is invested heavily in artistic research and development.

The NMH is based in Slemdalsveien in Majorstuen and has 750 students and 350 staff. The NMH is part of the Inclusive Workplace scheme

About the position

The NMH has a vacant fellowship position on its PhD programme in artistic research. The position is affiliated to the three-year artistic research programme Craftsmanship (01.10.2020–31.07.2024). The appointment is for three years full-time starting no later than 01.11.2020.

A multi-disciplinary research community

The NMH currently has almost 20 research fellows working on a wide range of arts projects: composition, improvisation, early music, church music and contemporary music, to mention but a few.

The research fellows admitted to the programme will be affiliated to the Norwegian Artistic Research School run by the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme. They will become part of a multi-disciplinary artistic community with research fellows from other arts institutions. The NMH is also organising a programme of obligatory activities for the school’s arts fellows.

More information about the programme and activities (in Norwegian) (pdf)

Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research

All artistic research projects at the NMH are run by NordART – the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research.

NordART’s vision for artistic research involves an in-depth, critical and exploratory approach to artistic objectives and problems. By learning from the leading names in the world of arts and sharing its newly acquired knowledge, NordART aims to create development opportunities for better art based on better insight, reflection and understanding.


This fellowship is affiliated to the artistic research programme Craftsmanship, which sees a number of musicians, dancers and arts researchers explore traditional folk music from Western Norway. The aim is to create a vocabulary to describe the craftsmanship of folk musicians and how it is passed on from musician to musician or from musician to dancer and vice versa. What characterises the craftsmanship of the musicians? Which words and expressions are used to describe the small gestures and hints exchanged between the musicians? How can we describe the “magic moments” that occur during the performance? These are among the questions the project is seeking to explore.

The project group comprises musicians Tore Innervik (project manager), Unni Løvlid and Håkon Høgemo (all NMH), folk dancer Silje Onstad Hålien, designer Maziar Raein (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) and Clare Salaman (Royal College of Music). The project group has recruited a group of resource persons comprising active performers and researchers. The project has been created in partnership with the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The candidate

Applicants for the fellowship must be folk musicians with an active career at an international level who are familiar with and motivated to research the issues and repertoire being explored by the Craftsmanship programme.

The candidate’s involvement in the project

As part of the project the candidate will explore traditional folk tunes (slåtter) from Sogn and/or Valdres alone and in collaboration with the other project participants and reflect on the artistic processes highlighted by the project in the form of text or other formats. The candidate must attend the seminars and workshops organised by the project. Although the candidate will be affiliated to a wider artistic research project, it is important to stress that they will be conducting an individual project.

What we can offer

The programme offers a three-year position to applicants who have completed the highest artistic degree available in the subject. This means that applicants should normally have at least a performance and/or creative master’s degree in music, cf. Section 6-1 of the Regulations concerning the Philosophiae Doctor (PhD) in Artistic Research degree at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Applicants must be able to demonstrate distinguished artistic practice of an international standard and of a certain scope. The role qualifies for the title of Associate Professor.


The role is subject to the prevailing rules for employees of the NMH. It is also subject to attendance/residency requirements.

The role is salaried in line with the government pay scale as a research fellow, occupation code 1017. As required by law, a deduction of 2% will be made from the salary and paid into the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The NMH offers employment at the academy but cannot guarantee that research fellows will get their own office or keep the same office for the duration of the programme.

Please note that information about the applicants may be made public even if an applicant has asked not to be included in the public list of applicants, cf. the Freedom of Information Act Section 25 item 2. The applicants will be notified if their details are to be made public.

How to apply

Applicants should use the dedicated electronic application form (link at the bottom of the page).

In addition to the electronic application form, the application must also include the following attachments:

  1. Project description of up to 2,500 words.
  2. Bibliography / reference list
  3. Certificates/diplomas
  4. CV of up to three A4 pages


Deadline: 1 September 2020 at 15.00

Where to send the application

Your application should be submitted to the NMH using the electronic application form. Please note that applications not sent via this form will not be considered.

On this page you will find information about the artistic research fellowship programme.

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Birgitte Oppegaard Pollen

Birgitte Oppegaard Pollen

Senior Advisor
Academic Affairs and Research
Last updated: 15. June 2020