PhD fellowships

ARIA organises and supervises research and PhDs in, with and for the arts. The institute safeguards the special character of research in the arts and fosters collaboration and knowledge exchange with other artistic and scientific disciplines. It achieves this through unique partnerships among the Antwerp Schools of Arts and the University of Antwerp, in which the partners’ autonomy and integrity come first.

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.

Doing a PhD without funding

Besides the remunerated PhD programmes, there is also the option of doing a PhD without funding at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp or the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. In that case, there is no need to respond to an open call and you can contact one of the research coordinators directly. The Schools of Arts may decide to limit the number of non-funded PhD places available. Find out what the options are before you begin.

Research coordinators:

Applications for 2019-2020 are being accepted.

Please apply using the PhD Fellowship Application Form.
The form must be sent to the research coordinator.


Final date of submission: 1 March 2019