PhD fellowships at the Schools of Arts

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

The PhD candidate can't submit the proposal to more than one School of Arts !

PhD fellowships at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

The Royal Conservatoire Antwerp grants three PhD fellowships in 2024 (50% employment as a researcher for four years, starting 15/09/2024).

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 (55% research assignment). For foreign doctoral candidates, this means that they have a work permit for Belgium.

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 2024 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, 2024 - 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 2024 - 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).

Non-fellowship based PhD proposals Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

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 2024 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, 2024 - 12:00 noon. 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 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 2024 - 12:00 noon: kevin.voets@ap.be

PhD fellowships at Sint Lucas Antwerp

In 2024, Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerpen (KdG University College) offers two PhD fellowships (start 01/09/2024). 

A fellowship funds a PhD student in the arts for a four-year period by means of a part-time appointment as a researcher (50%). The PhD project must tie in with the current research scope of Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerpen. 

Applications should be made by using the Application form

Applications submitted by the 1st of March 2024 are expected to have two supervisors (UAntwerpen and Sint Lucas Antwerpen) and to formally meet all requirements. For the proper course of events, take into account the following:

  1. Make sure that your supervisors have confirmed their commitment before the 1st of February 2024.
  2. Please inform the research coordinator (ruth.loos@kdg.be) before the 1st of February 2024 about your upcoming application and specify who will be your two supervisors.
  3. You should submit your application not later than 1st of March 2024 – 12:00 (noon). Upon submission, the signature of both your supervisors is required. Your research proposal should also be signed by the head of research of Sint Lucas Antwerpen School of Arts KdG. Contact: Petra.Vanbrabandt@kdg.be.
  4. Positively ranked candidates will be invited for interview not later than the 15th of April 2024. Selected candidates will be informed not later than the 31st of May 2024.

Appendice: Flemish research discipline list

Steps of the procedure

  1. Preparatory steps as described in the call of the School of Arts
  2. Submitting the application before the specified deadline
  3. Evaluation and ranking by an independent reading committee
  4. Interview and/or artistic test by the School of Arts (eventually)
  5. Decision by the Research Board of the School of Arts
  6. Decision by the ARIA Research Board
  7. Ratification by the ARIA Steering Committee
  8. Start of the trajectory in September