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PhD Program | Application

Application for the PhD program

The deadlines for the application for the PhD program can be found under the menu item News.

To apply, please submit the following documents by the applicable deadlines:

  • Transcripts of your degrees and - in case of non-Austrian degrees - Diploma Supplement
  • Exposé of the PhD project and, if applicable, other documents relevant to the project. The form of the exposé can be discussed with the prospective supervisor.
  • Application for admission including confirmation of supervision by at least one supervisor (application can be downloaded under Links and Downloads)

in digital form to veronika.schwediauer@kunstuni-linz.at. You will receive a confirmation email about the receipt of your application.

1. Information
Please inform yourself in detail about the PhD program on our homepage. In order to clarify questions concerning the application procedure as well as the PhD program, study counseling appointments are offered on a regular basis. Attendance is mandatory. Current dates can be found under News.

2. Exposé
PhD candidates must provide potential supervisors with a comprehensible description of their PhD project and the planned process, as well as supplementary documents relevant to the project, such as portfolios or selected literature or artistic references.

3. Determination of the PhD supervisors
You can contact a supervisor who is suitable for your project and ask for supervision. A list of possible PhD supervisors at the University of Art and Design Linz can be found under Links and Downloads.
If the supervisor is interested in collaborating with you and if the exposé is rated as good, a confirmation of supervision can be issued. This is done by signing the "Application for Admission". For an application to the PhD program, the signature of the first supervisor of the University of Art and Design Linz is required. The supervisor can also suggest further elaboration and improvement of the exposé.
The University of Art and Design Linz encourages and supports the supervision by a team, i.e. by two supervisors, as it has many advantages. First supervisors should be among those authorized to supervise PhD students at the University of Art and Design Linz. Secondary supervisors, however, can also be from other universities, but they must be authorized to supervise doctoral students/PhD students (habilitation, habilitation equivalence) and should be determined at the latest when the supervision agreement is concluded.

4. Verification of the access authorization by previous degrees
Eligibility for admission to the PhD program is given by the completion of a subject-related diploma or master's degree, diploma or master's degree program at a university of applied sciences or other equivalent studies at a recognized domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. The transcripts and the Diploma Supplement are required to verify that your degrees make you eligible for enrollment in the PhD program.

5. Review of the exposés by the Research Board
The Research Board (only in german) reviews and approves the exposé as part of the PhD application process. Research Board meetings are held in mid-March for the summer semester and mid-October for the winter semester. You will be informed immediately about the results of the review.

6. Enrollment
If your exposé is approved by the Research Board, you can complete your enrollment within the enrollment deadline including the grace period (end of April for the summer semester, end of November for the winter semester) at the Admission and Examination Department. Please be sure to observe the applicable deadlines! More information: https://www.ufg.at/Studium-und-Zulassung (Study and Admission)


For all questions regarding the PhD program: Kunst.Forschung | PhD, Dr. Veronika Schwediauer, Hauptplatz 6, 4020 Linz, veronika.schwediauer@kunstuni-linz.at, M: +43 676 84 7898 2202, Office days: Monday, Tuesday

For enrollment: Admission and Examination Department, Hauptplatz 6, 4020 Linz, studien.office@kunstuni-linz.at

Dr. Veronika Schwediauer
T: +43 (0)676 84 7898 2202

Hauptplatz 6, 2. OG
4020 Linz | Austria