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Submit a PhD proposal

How to apply for a PhD Proposal

The PhD candidate is an artist or a designer and holds a relevant Master’s degree (or equally) in the study areas of Music, Performing Arts or Fine Arts. Applicants are expected to conduct research that explores issues or methodologies situated in or proceeding from their own artistic or design practice, with due sense of discursivity.
The PhD proposal should correspond to ARIA’s vision. An artistic entrance exam may be organised during the application procedure
For practical information about how PhD programmes are organised at ARIA, please consult the roadmap.

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, AP University College, is offering two PhD fellowships (50% research assignment + 20% teaching assignment, start at 14/09/2020) in 2020.

The first fellowship is open to all PhD proposals in the field of Visual Arts.

The second fellowship will be awarded to a PhD proposal in either Fashion Design or Theatre Costume Design.

As regards the PhD fellowship in Fashion Design, we are looking for a fashion designer/researcher who can present an extensive, international and high-level artistic portfolio. Ideally, the research to be conducted should be rooted in the artistic/designing practice, and should focus on the future of fashion in a broad sense. The aim of the research should be to broaden the horizons of fashion, and to foster dialogue between various arts and disciplines. The research will take shape in social, cultural, political, ethical and aesthetic contexts, always with sustainability in mind.  The artistic/designing practice and the research should both reflect the DNA of the Royal Academy's fashion education programme. Furthermore, it is important that the researcher has already gained experience in starting up and expanding their own label, as well as in working for other fashion houses. Finally, we expect the researcher/fashion designer to have a strong visual and artistic track record, including collaborations with visual artists, fashion photographers and/or performers.

Concerning the PhD fellowship for Theatre Costume Design, we are looking for a researcher/theatremaker/artist whose work combines elements of visual art, costume design, theatre design, dramaturgy, performance, dance and film. The candidate should be active in the field of contemporary theatre and the arts, using conceptual principles in their designs, and should be open to collaborations with actors, directors, performers and other artists. They should reflect on their own work through dialogue and explore the contemporary arts and performing arts with an open mind. We expect the researcher to have relevant artistic experience in the field of theatre and the arts, enabling them to translate their concepts into a scenography and/or costume design.

For both fellowships, we expect the proposals to be drawn up in line with, endorse and further develop the mission/vision of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. More information about the mission/vision.

The form must be sent to the head of research Els De bruyn, els.debruyn@ap.be

Appendice: Flemish research discipline list

Final date of submission: 2 March 2020 

The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp grants three PhD fellowships in 2020 (50% appointment as a researcher during four years, start at 14/09/2020). The call is open to all research proposals in the study areas of Music and Performing Arts. The following areas of attention were formulated:

  • Dance
  • Canon and repertoire in Performing Arts
  • Making music in interaction with technology
  • Musician in society; social position and role of the musician in society

These areas of attention reflect the interests and needs from the educational programmes but are not mandatory. All research proposals in the study areas of Music and Performing Arts will be evaluated equally.

Please apply using the PhD Fellowship Application Form
The form must be sent to the head of research Kevin Voets, kevin.voets@ap.be

Appendice: Flemish research discipline list

Final date of submission: 2 March 2020 

Doing a PhD with external funding

Besides the remunerated PhD programmes, there is also the option of doing a PhD with external funding at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp. In that case, there is no need to respond to an open call. The Schools of Arts may decide to limit the number of externally funded PhD places available. Find out what the options are before you begin.

Please apply using the PhD Fellowship Application Form
The form must be sent to the head of research Kevin Voets, kevin.voets@ap.be

Appendice: Flemish research discipline list

Final date of submission: 2 March 2020 

Funding

Doctoral students are students (third cycle) who are enrolled at the University of Antwerp. This means it’s possible to do a PhD even without funding. In practice, however, most doctoral research is funded, meaning the PhD student has resources and an income at his or her disposal.

Funding can be obtained in various ways. An important source of funding is the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). You can find further information about application procedures, deadlines, criteria and so on on their website.

The University of Antwerp’s University Research Fund (BOF) also funds PhD research. ARIA PhD students who started in the academic year 2019-2020 or later can submit a one-off application for 3000 euros for operational expenses from the BOF. The resources are allocated as a BOF research project, with the supervisor of the PhD research as the supervisor of the project.

The Schools of Arts fund the majority of all artistic research, however. You can find out more about the organisation of the application rounds on this page. You can also contact the coordinators at the respective Schools of Arts:

Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp: Els De bruyn, els.debruyn@ap.be
Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp: Kevin Voets, kevin.voets@ap.be