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The Center for Doctoral Studies was founded to support all doctoral studies offered by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Art and Design Linz, Upper Austria, for both PhD-candidates and their supervisors.

The Center for Doctoral Studies thus serves as the organizational interface that pools already existing activities and offers relating to our doctoral studies. Additionally, the Center develops new offers, triggers structural measures and coordinates initiatives shared by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the University of Art and Design Linz with regard to PhD studies.

Description of activities:

1. Information on Doctoral Studies

The Center for Doctoral Studies is developing an online information portal where information on all doctoral studies can be found, including a comprehensive FAQs section.

2. Competency Development for PhD Candidates, Visualization, Integration and Networking of PhD Candidates

For the purposes of developing competencies in PhD candidates, and of making young researchers and artists more visible, to integrate them and establish a network among them and with the researchers and artists working at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, regular events such as the Graduate Conference and the International Spring Symposia will be continued and organized centrally by the Center for Doctoral Studies. Moreover, the Center for Doctoral Studies is working on the development of new, innovative workshops for PhD candidates, to enable them to acquire academic key competencies and for the optimal advancement and qualification of young artists.

3. Supervisor Peer Workshops

The Center for Doctoral Studies regularly organizes workshop meetings of dissertation supervisors as well as additional events relating to the supervision of doctoral candidates, if required. Such meetings, seminars and other events aim to develop a common understanding of "good practice" in supervising doctoral theses at art universities, and some of them are done in cooperation with the University of Art and Design Linz.

4. Grants for PhD Candidates

The Center for Doctoral Studies offers two types of grants: the Dissertation Completion Fellowship (together withe the Art University Linz) and the Travel Allowances for PhD-candidates. For more information, look here.

5. Support of PhD Candidates in Applying for Grants

The Center for Doctoral Studies supports PhD candidates of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in drafting grant and research applications in cooperation with the Art | Research | Support. Doctoral candidates can make counselling appointments during office hours.


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