The Ministry of Education suggests in a hearing to create a new Ph.d degree based on Performing and Creative Arts, called Philosophiae doctor (Ph.d.) in Artistic Research. The current Fellowship Programme in Artistic Research will be terminated and replaced by a Ph.d in Artistic Research. In connection with the establishment of the Ph.d, the Ministry of Education will allocate parts of the funds for the Research fellows which are currently administered by PKU, directly to the institutions in the state budget for 2018. The Norwegian Artistic Research Programme will therefore not admit any new Research Fellows into the Fellowship Programme. Admission to the Ph.d programme in Artistic Research will be done by the institutions. Questions regarding admissions to the Ph.d. in 2018 must be directed to the institutions.
The Ministry says in the hearing that Research Fellows who are currently part of the Fellowship programme in PKU, will have a deadline for completion of thair education in 2021. The Reseach fellows can opptionally apply to the institutions for admission to the new Ph.d programme.