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Submit a PhD proposal

Every year, the Councils of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Schools of Arts) launch a call for proposals for PhD fellowships.

The next call will be launched in autumn 2022.
- Agreement of promoters and research group: before 1 February 2023
- Deadline proposal submission: 1 March 2023 (noon)
- Start fellowships: 15 September 2023
The necessary forms and procedures will be put online in autumn 2022.
 


 

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Call PhD Fellowships

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

- Agreement of promoters and research group: before 1 February 2022
- Deadline proposal submission: 1 March 2022 (noon)
- Start fellowships: 15 September 2022

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PhD Fellowships in the Arts 2022
Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

In 2022, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, AP University College, is offering one PhD fellowship (start 15/09/2022).

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 2022)

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 2022 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, 2022 - 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.

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

The completed and signed form (Word & pdf) should be sent to the head of Research Els De bruyn before 1 March 2022 - 12 noon: els.debruyn@ap.be

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, 2022: 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 2022
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp grants three PhD fellowships in 2022 (50% employment as a researcher for four years, starting 15/09/2022).

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 2022)

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 2022 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, 2022 - 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).

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

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 2022 - 12 noon: kevin.voets@ap.be

Specifically for doctorates in Music, there is the international doctoral programme docARTES (a collaboration between the Universities of Leuven, Antwerp and Leiden, the conservatories of Leuven, Antwerp, The Hague and Amsterdam and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent).

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Non-fellowship based PhD proposals
Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

Externally funded PhD research application (deadline 1 March 2022)

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.

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 2022 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, 2022 - 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).

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

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 2022 - 12 noon: kevin.voets@ap.be