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Research and doctoral projects aim to innovate, broaden or deepen artistic and scientific knowledge and practice. Projects and PhDs are always firmly embedded in the Schools of Arts and provide a distinct added value for the Royal Academy and the Royal Conservatoire.

Research projects can be financed internally (annual call from the Schools of Arts) and externally. At the Schools of Arts there are three types of research projects for which (internal) funding can be applied for. All research projects should preferably have a link with the ongoing research and/or the activities of the existing research groups of the Schools of Arts.

Research projects can also be funded externally. One of the most important external funding channels is the FWO, an agency that supports ground-breaking fundamental and strategic scientific research at the universities of the Flemish Community. Artistic researchers who aspire a PhD mandate or already have a PhD are eligible for this.

There are also many subsidy channels at a European level, such as the Creative Europe program, the ERC, Erasmus+, etc. For more information about the various subsidy channels, contact the Research Coordination Unit of the AP Hogeschool ( 

Specifically for doctorates in Music, there is the international doctoral programme docARTES (a collaboration between the Universities of Leuven, Antwerp and Leiden, the conservatories of Leuven, Antwerp, The Hague and Amsterdam and the Orpheus Institute in Ghent).



(Image: 'AAAA: Apply, Agglomerate, Alter, Again. 6 Experimentation on collectiveness' by Researcher (>1), Renata Lamenza and Stefania Assandri, during Open Laboratory Weeks 2021)