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Call PhD Fellowships

Royal Academy of Fine Arts & Royal Conservatoire Antwerp
in collaboration with ARIA

Deadline proposal submission: 1 March 2021
Start fellowships: 15 September 2021

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PhD Fellowships in the Arts 2021
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

In 2021, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, AP University College, is offering two PhD fellowships (start 15/09/2021).
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 the field of Fine Arts Printmaking.

Preconditions
— The PhD candidate is an artist or a designer and holds a relevant Master’s degree (or equally) in the study areas Fine Arts, Music or Performing 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 be in line with, endorse and further develop the mission/vision of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.
— The PhD proposal should correspond to the vision of ARIA. If the Schools of Arts organize an artistic admission test, passing that test is an additional condition.
— The applicant is in the possibility to be legally employed by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp/AP Hogeschool in a contractual engagement of 4 (academic) years (50% research assignment + 20% teaching assignment).

Applications (deadline 1 March 2021)

Timeline preparation application & formal requirements
Applications submitted by March 1 are expected to be embedded in one (or more) research group(s), to be supervised by two promoters (UAntwerp and Academy) and to formally meet all requirements. For the proper course of events, the steps to be taken to this end are subject to the following timetable:
1. Please contact the chairperson of the research group(s) you wish to join well in advance of the deadline so that they are aware of your application and can inform you whether or not they wish to support your application. Research groups can also assist in the search for your two supervisors. By 1 February at the latest, you should have found one supervisor from the University of Antwerp and one from the School of Arts willing to support your application and research proposal.
2. You should submit your application no later than March 1, 2021 - 12h. Upon submission, a signature of your supervisor(s) (UAntwerpen and Academy) is required in order for your application to be formally in order. It is also advisable that the chairperson(s) of the research group(s) supporting your proposal co-sign the application (see form).

Application form & deadline
Applications should be made by using the Fellowship Application Form. If you have any questions about this form or the procedure, please contact the Head of Research KAA Els De bruyn: els.debruyn@ap.be.

The completed and signed form (Word & pdf) should be sent to the head of Research Els De bruyn before 1 March 2021 - 12 noon: els.debruyn@ap.be

For practical information about how PhD programmes are organised at ARIA, please consult the roadmap.
Appendice: Flemish research discipline list

Fellowship 1: PhD proposals in the field of Visual Arts
Duration: 4 academic years
Start: 15/09/2021
Employment 70%: 50% research assignment + 20% education assignment

The first PhD fellowship in the field of Visual Arts is open to all PhD proposals in the field of Visual Arts. Proposals should be in line with, endorse and further develop the mission/vision of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp.

Fellowship 2: PhD proposals in the field of Fine Arts Printmaking
Duration: 4 academic years
Start: 15/09/2021
Employment 70%: 50% research assignment + 20% education assignment

The second PhD fellowship is open to all PhD proposals in the field of Fine Arts Printmaking. Proposals should be in line with, endorse and further develop the mission/vision of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. 

Requirements Fellowship - Fine Arts Printmaking
The call for the PhD Fellowship in the Fine Arts Printmaking focuses specifically on artistic research that, on the one hand, relates to the (re)positioning of Printmaking in the contemporary art field and the relationship (intersections and distinctions) with other forms of art expression, and on the other hand, can initiate a broader discussion about this. We expect proposals to question the specificity of the medium and explore new possibilities or variations that can perpetuate printmaking as an art medium and keep it future proof and viable by stimulating new impulses and infusions.
In their proposal, candidates propose approaches that can visualize the limits of autonomous printmaking expression and that can reveal possible affiliations with other visual or fine arts as well as more applied creative media. Candidate-researchers are expected to have gained extensive practical experience in graphic arts as an artist/designer and to have developed, from that position, a broad perspective on a multitude of aspects of this medium (e.g. the multiple, the original versus the copy, the specific communicative power of each sub-medium, serendipity within the indirect form of expression, 'slow creativity' processes, visual communication, ...). The candidate-researcher also has proven experience in conducting research in his/her own artistic practice, in particular with regard to the above-mentioned focus and objective of the doctoral mandate. In addition, he/she can show a relevant production practice of contemporary formats and all kinds of publicity forms that can feed the intended discussion with a more complex reading, challenging both the creator and the audience to rethink the functionality of printmaking as a communicator and as a genuine artistic language.

Selection procedure
Applications must meet all requirements and preconditions in order to be eligible for the selection procedure. Candidates will be briefed on the course and timing of this procedure after submission. The procedure may include an interview by the external reading committee charged with the assessment of the applications, and may involve an artistic test should that be considered necessary.

Time schedule for the selection procedure
March 1, 2021: deadline submission April/May: evaluation by reading committee and interviews
May: decision of the research board granting the doctoral fellowships
June: ratification of the decision by the board of the School of Arts and communication of the decision to the candidates
September: start of the 4-year doctoral research

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PhD Fellowships in the Arts 2021
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp grants three PhD fellowships in 2021 (50% employment as a researcher for four years, starting 15/09/2021). The call is open to all research proposals in the study areas of Music and Performing Arts. The following areas of attention were formulated:

  • 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.

Preconditions
— The PhD candidate is an artist and holds a relevant Master’s degree (or equally) in the study areas of Music or Performing 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 be in line with, endorse and further develop the mission/vision of the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp.
— The PhD proposal should correspond to the vision of ARIA. If the Schools of Arts organize an artistic admission test, passing that test is an additional condition.
— The applicant is in the possibility to be legally employed by the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp/AP University College in a contractual engagement of 4 (academic) years (50% research assignment).

Applications (deadline 1 March 2021)

Timeline preparation application & formal requirements
Applications submitted by March 1 are expected to be embedded in one (or more) research group(s), to be supervised by two promoters (UAntwerp and Conservatoire) and to formally meet all requirements. For the proper course of events, the steps to be taken to this end are subject to the following timetable:
1. Please contact the chairperson of the research group(s) you wish to join well in advance of the deadline so that they are aware of your application and can inform you whether or not they wish to support your application. Research groups can also assist in the search for your two supervisors. By 1 February at the latest, you should have found one supervisor from the University of Antwerp and one from the School of Arts willing to support your application and research proposal.
2. You should submit your application no later than March 1, 2021 - 12h. Upon submission, a signature of your supervisor(s) (UAntwerp and Conservatoire) is required in order for your application to be formally in order. It is also advisable that the chairperson(s) of the research group(s) supporting your proposal co-sign the application (see form).

Application form & deadline
Applications should be made by using the Fellowship Application Form. If you have any questions about this form or the procedure, please contact the Head of Research KCA Kevin Voets kevin.voets@ap.be.

The completed and signed form (Word & pdf) should be sent to the head of Research Kevin Voets before 1 March 2021 - 12 noon: kevin.voets@ap.be

For practical information about how PhD programmes are organised at ARIA, please consult the roadmap.
Appendice: Flemish research discipline list

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Non-fellowship based PhD proposals
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Externally funded PhD research application (deadline 1 March 2021)

Besides the remunerated PhD fellowships, at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp there is also the option of doing a PhD relying on external funding. In that case, your application is not in response to the call above but you do apply with the same form and follow the same timeline before the same deadline. 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.

Applications (deadline 1 March 2021)

Timeline preparation application & formal requirements
Applications submitted by March 1 are expected to be embedded in one (or more) research group(s), to be supervised by two promoters (UAntwerp and Conservatoire) and to formally meet all requirements. For the proper course of events, the steps to be taken to this end are subject to the following timetable:
1. Please contact the chairperson of the research group(s) you wish to join well in advance of the deadline so that they are aware of your application and can inform you whether or not they wish to support your application. Research groups can also assist in the search for your two supervisors. By 1 February at the latest, you should have found one supervisor from the University of Antwerp and one from the School of Arts willing to support your application and research proposal.
2. You should submit your application no later than March 1, 2021 - 12h. Upon submission, a signature of your supervisor(s) (UAntwerp and Conservatoire) is required in order for your application to be formally in order. It is also advisable that the chairperson(s) of the research group(s) supporting your proposal co-sign the application (see form).

Application form & deadline
Applications should be made by using the Fellowship Application Form. If you have any questions about this form or the procedure, please contact the Head of Research KCA Kevin Voets kevin.voets@ap.be.

The completed and signed form (Word & pdf) should be sent to the head of Research Kevin Voets before 1 March 2021 - 12 noon: kevin.voets@ap.be

For practical information about how PhD programmes are organised at ARIA, please consult the roadmap.
Appendice: Flemish research discipline list