The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts hosts research projects within the fields of practice-based artistic and curatorial research, art history and visual culture. Every year, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts holds a round of applications for research positions. Here you can find practical information about this year’s round and a general introduction to how these positions work and are funded.
At the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, our PhD and postdoc projects within practice-based art research and curatorial research are largely supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) and their Mads Øvlisen scholarships for art history and practice-based research. The projects are based at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the PhD degree is given by the various Danish universities where candidates are enrolled. In other words, the PhD candidates are funded by NNF, but are based at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and enter into a close academic process with a university, where they also have their main supervisor. In the case of practice-based art research and curatorial research, a candidate uses the methods they have developed on their artistic practice to investigate a relevant field of research. Consequently, the final PhD project could feature elements of practice such as works, performances and exhibitions or written reflection (a thesis).
When engaged in a PhD or postdoc project at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, you will be attached to the Laboratory for Art Research, the Academy’s research department. You can read more about the Laboratory here.