Academy of Fine Arts Vienna PhD in Practice Programme 2023

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna PhD in Practice Programme 2023

Applications for the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna PhD in Practice Programme 2023 are now open. The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna invites applications to its doctoral programme for research in artistic practice.

The PhD-in-Practice programme provides participants with the opportunity to pursue their individual arts-based research projects. They provide a collective learning environment with a decidedly transdisciplinary and international bent.

About the Programme

The PhD in Practice programme is built on a concept of arts-based research that relates to critical epistemologies. Also, they have visible improvement in the context of feminist, queer, postcolonial, ecological, postmarxist and other political and emancipatory projects.

Furthermore, the program approaches arts-based research as a space for the negotiation of social, political, cultural and economic conflicts. It refers to a history of research in the arts that has been developed in dialog with an array of different fields, including academia, activism, high art as much as pop and subculture. It thus privileges cultural/artistic productions that are concerned with a critique of injustice, social hierarchies and exclusions, and is interested in the development of heterotopic visions as well as activist interventions.


The programme spans for a duration of four years. During this time the participants will develop their projects artistically, theoretically, and analytically in coordination with the academic and artistic team of co-participants and faculty. Participants conceive, organize, document, and carry out independent and/or collaborative arts-based research in a PhD supervision environment that is dedicated to transdisciplinary and international exchange.

Course work is organized around so-called focus weeks, which take place one week per month during the academic calendar (October to January, March to June). During these weeks the participants and the PhD in Practice team meet for seminars, lectures, excursions and other research and study events. Participants are expected to take an active part in organizing the program, including the conceptualization and organization of workshops, guest lectures, exhibitions, etc.

Available Positions

  • Three PhD positions are available with a 75 percent employment contract with a duration of four years (payment according to B1, Section 49 Abs. 3KV, currently 2,458 EUR/month before tax, incl. health benefits).
  • These positions require residency in Vienna and participation in further research, teaching and administration. Additionally, two PhD positions are available without funding (student-only, low residency scheme, does not require moving to Vienna).


  • Applicant must have a degree (Master, MA or Diploma) from a recognized university/academy, and submission of the required application material.
  • Applicants with an ongoing artistic career are encouraged to apply.


Submit all material in English. Applications must be uploaded within the call dates: February 1, 2023 –February 28, 2023.

The application must contain:

  • the completed application form.
  • a curriculum vitae (including a list of exhibitions the applicant has contributed to and of publications or other artistic and scholarly work that has been published; pdf).
  • a project proposal (ten pages max; incl. bibliography; one and a half line spacing; pdf).
  • an abstract of the project proposal (one page max; one and a half line spacing; pdf).
  • a digital portfolio (a single pdf document, less than 5 MB).
  • a scan of the certificate(s) which proves that you received a degree (Master, MA or Diploma). This should be from a recognized/accredited university or academy.
  • Diploma Supplement (if available) and Transcripts (mandatory) of the highest academic degree completed (including length of programme and credits/ECTS) must be provided.

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For more information, visit PhD in Practice Programme.

Application Deadline

Applicants are to completely submit applications before the Deadline: February 28, 2023

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