Since the PhD candidates are understood as independent junior researchers, the PhD curriculum gives hardly any specifications regarding the achievements to be completed.
The supervision agreement, which must be concluded between the PhD-candidate and the supervisor(s) within the first six months after enrollment, takes the place of a curriculum. It represents an individual research contract between the PhD-candidate and the supervisor(s), which defines the rights and obligations of the PhD-candidate and the supervisor(s), and includes all performance elements that must be completed by the end of the PhD-program. The definition of these performance elements is to be individually agreed upon. The research contract is based on the respective strengths and weaknesses of the PhD-candidates and on their further future professional career plans.
The supervision agreement contains the following elements: the exposé, a time and work schedule, the key data of the supervision, in particular the frequency of feedback meetings between the supervisor(s) and the PhD-candidate (at least twice per semester), and a declaration of commitment to comply with the rules of good scientific practice.
Furthermore, additional performance elements to be agreed upon individually may be part of the agreement: e.g. the completion of specific PhD-seminars or other courses, the acquisition of specific key or additional qualifications, the attendance of workshops or conferences, the publication of articles, the holding of independent teaching, the curating of an exhibition, artistic productions, etc., etc.
You can find a sample form of a supervision agreement at Links and Downloads.
The supervision agreements signed by the PhD-candidates and their respective supervisor(s) must be submitted by email to email@example.com no later than six months after enrollment.
Supervision agreements are reviewed and approved by the Research Board.
During the PhD-program, a progress report must be submitted by the PhD-candidates to the supervisor(s) and signed by the supervisor(s) once each semester, with the exception of the first and last semesters.
Furthermore, participation in the PhD-Colloquia (PhD conference of the University of 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-candidates and the staff 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, other events are organized. PhD-candidates can find out about planned events, workshops and current information in the News section. PhD-candidates at the University of Art and Design Linz can also take advantage of a wide range of continuing education opportunities for staff.
Self-organized networking and setting your own impulses is highly encouraged. If you need support in networking with other PhD-candidates, have ideas for events, workshops or e.g. reading circles or want to set other impulses, please feel free to contact us.
At the University of Art and Design Linz, there are basically no scholarships for the realization of a PhD-project. Detailed information on possible funding channels can be found here. 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!