How to apply for a research position?

Every year, several types of research mandates and projects are announced, with funding by University College Ghent’s research fund. Some of these positions are open to anyone who satisfies the entry requirements, others only to School of Arts faculty.

Doctoral research in the arts

Candidates for a position as doctoral researcher in the arts must hold a master’s degree or equivalent qualification. They can enrol only after being given the green light by KASK & Conservatory, and must go through the procedure detailed below.

Candidates write a research proposal that is supported by two supervisors. One supervisor is an artist, designer or musician affiliated with KASK & Conservatory, the other a theoretic expert linked to Ghent University. Both supervisors must send their assessments of the candidate to KASK & Conservatory’s research office. In addition, candidates must submit their CV, supported by a portfolio. Applications are evaluated by a committee that will invite selected candidates for an interview. Only those candidates who receive a positive evaluation can enrol in Ghent University’s Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law. Consult this guide for all manner of practical information on how the application procedure.

An artistic assistant’s mandate is made up of a research assignment of 70%, in preparation for a PhD in the Arts, and 30% of educational tasks.

Candidates who wish to engage in doctoral research in the arts without funding can apply for affiliation to KASK & Conservatory as guest researchers


Postdoctoral research in the arts

A postdoctoral artistic assistant’s mandate consists of a research and coaching assignment of 50%, and 50% of educational tasks. Candidates for a postdoctoral artistic assistant mandate must hold a PhD in the Arts.

The recruitment of postdoctoral researchers is carried out on the basis of a candidate’s research proposal and CV. Applications are evaluated by an advisory committee made up of representatives of KASK & Conservatory, Ghent University and the professional arts field.

Two- to four-year research projects

Calls for two- to four-year research projects are only open to teaching personnel linked to the academic master’s programmes of KASK & Conservatory. The criteria and procedures for these research projects are published intra muros.

Practice-based Scientific Research (PWO)

The calls for PWO projects are only open to teaching personnel linked to the professional bachelor programmes of KASK & Conservatory (i.e. Landscape and garden design, Landscape design, Interior design). The criteria and procedures for these research projects are published intra muros.


For more information about the rounds, the submission data and the forms for a research proposal, please contact the research department.

Head of research department: Katrien Vuylsteke Vanfleteren