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Submit a PhD proposal

The call for doctoral proposals ended on 01.03.2019. The next call will be launched in 2020. Keep an eye on this page for the next call and sign up for our newsletter.

Previous call: 

ARIA (Antwerp Research Institute for the Arts), the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (AP Hogeschool) launch a call for new doctoral proposals. The start-up of new doctorates is scheduled for September 2019. The research councils of ARIA and of the Schools of Arts decide on the admission to the doctorate as well as granting a number of part-time mandates (see below). Practical information about the course of the doctoral trajectory at ARIA can be found in the full road map.


The applicant for a doctorate is an artist or designer and holder of a relevant Master's degree (or equivalent) in the Visual Arts, Music or Performing Arts. He / she conducts research with questions and methodology situated in or arising from their own artistic or design practice, and with the necessary sense of discursivity. The submitted doctoral proposal must fit within the vision of ARIA. Furthermore, an artistic admission test can be organised by the Schools of Arts.

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts awards two doctorate mandates in 2019 (part-time appointment of 50% as research assistant during four academic years, starting on 16/09/2019). The call is open to research proposals in the field of artistic visual research. Preferably one of the two mandates will be awarded to research within the domain of Graphic Design. For the other mandate no binding domains within the visual arts are delineated.

The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp will award three PhD mandates in 2019 (half-time appointment as research assistant during four academic years, starting 16/09/2019). The call is open to research proposals in the field of artistic research in Music and Performing Arts. The following areas of attention were formulated:
- World music
- Social role of the artist
- Electronics
- Improvisation methodology
These areas of interest reflect interests and needs from the programmes, but do not form a binding framework. All research proposals in Music and Performing Arts will be evaluated equally.

Submit a proposal

Use this application form for your research application.
For the Royal Academy, you must contact research coordinator Els De Bruyn:
For the Royal Conservatory, you must contact research coordinator Kevin Voets:
Deadline: 1 March 2019 at 12.00.


•    Deadline proposal: March 1st 2019 at 12 noon
•    First selection based on the dossier: week of April 23 2019
•    Selection interview: week of May 6 2019
•    Research council Academy- Conservatoire: May 14 2019
•    ORARIA: May 15 2019
•    Steering committee ARIA for final decision admission doctorate: May 21 2019
•    SofA-council for final decision financing: week of June 7 2019