Since PhD students are considered as independent early-stage researchers, the PhD curriculum gives only few requirements regarding the achievements to be completed. In order to ensure that the PhD program is tailored to the individual project and to define the rights and obligations of the PhD students and their supervisors, they must draw up a supervision agreement together during the first semester and submit it to the Research Board for review. The supervision agreement includes a project description, information on the time and work plan, key data on supervision and a declaration of commitment to comply with the rules of good scientific practice.
In addition, further performance elements for the acquisition of extended skills and additional qualifications can be agreed upon individually. These performance elements can include, for example, attendance of courses (research seminars, colloquia, privatissima, etc.) at internal or external university institutions and research facilities, participation in exhibitions and conferences, workshops, artistic productions, publications, reports to supervisors, etc.
A sample form of a supervision agreement can be found under Links and Downloads.
The supervision agreements signed by the PhD students and the respective supervisors must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than six months after enrollment.
The supervision agreements are reviewed and approved by the Research Board.
During the course of study, a progress report must be submitted to the supervisor at least once a year. Furthermore, participation in the PhD colloquia (PhD conference of the University of the Art and Design Linz), which take place once a semester, is expected. The PhD colloquium serves the purpose of joint discussion, exchange and reflection between the PhD students and the teachers of the University of Art and Design Linz. In the course of the PhD program, an active contribution about one's own PhD project must be given at least once in the context of a public event at the University of Art and Design Linz.
In addition, the University of Art organizes further events. PhD students can find out about planned events, workshops and current information in the News section. PhD students at the University of Art and Design Linz can also take advantage of a wide range of continuing education opportunities for staff (only in german).
Self-organized networking and setting one's own impulses are highly supported. If you need support in networking with other PhD students, have ideas for events, workshops or e.g. reading circles or want to set other impulses, please feel free to contact us.
Furthermore, the PhD email distribution list is available for communication with and between PhD students. If you are interested in news from our PhD program, please subscribe to it here.
There are no full scholarships available at the University of the Art and Design Linz for the implementation of a PhD project. Detailed information on possible funding opportunities can be found here (only in german). If you have any questions regarding the selection of funding schemes or the preparation of project or grant applications, we will be happy to advise and assist you!