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Eligibility Requirements and Benefits

  • Successful applicants will receive a full-time employment contract with a competitive salary for 36 months. Please note: The research programmes will not support practise-based PhDs.
  • Eligible candidates should:
  • Hold a Master’s degree in the fields of art history, philosophy, curating, arts administration, social science, artistic research/practice or cultural studies; MA degrees in alternative relevant fields may be considered.
  • Not have spent more than 12 months in the country of the hosting Beneficiary in the three years immediately before the employment start date.
  • Be an Early-Stage Researcher and must, at the date of recruitment by the beneficiary, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the researcher is recruited), even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged.
  • Have good verbal and writing skills in English (IELTS overall score of 7.0, or TOEFL overall score of 100).
  • Be highly motivated and have a personal commitment to the success of the research project as a whole.
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of artistic practice in a social and political context and/or in relation to political philosophy.
  • Demonstrate experience in studying in one or more of the following fields of research: art and political philosophy, curatorial studies/ arts administration, and art theory and practice.
  • Possess a willingness to travel and to attend the FEINART programme and training activities.
  • Have a commitment to work in a team and have an aptitude to meet challenges.
  • Demonstrate an excellent understanding of the ethical requirements involved in working with others in the field of social and artistic research.


Successful candidates will receive a 3-year full-time employment contract. As per MSCA regulations, the salary includes a living allowance of €3,270 per month (gross amount) to be paid in the currency of the country where the host organisation is based, with a country correction coefficient to be applied; a mobility allowance of €600 per month; and a family allowance of €500 per month (depending on family situation). Please note: the exact (net) salary will be confirmed upon appointment, depending on local tax regulations, country correction coefficient, and local currency.

How to Apply

Applicants should follow the guidelines below. All documents should be submitted in English.

  1. Applications must be submitted online through the website of each host university where the ESR project is based (see list above)
  2. A proposal of 2500 words that demonstrates your research interests for the planned PhD training programme and how you envisage undertaking the research project (including a time schedule and a bibliography). The proposal must provide a clear theoretical framework of research within the given parameters of each project (a maximum of two research proposals from the 11 projects offered can be submitted).
  3. A CV including a description of your professional background, indicating clearly that you are in the first 4 years of your research career, that you do not hold a doctorate, and have not spent more than 12 months in the three years immediately prior the project recruitment date, in the country of the Beneficiary you are applying to. As such, the CV must specify your country/countries of residency over the last three years. Successful candidates will be required to provide a copy of their Master’s Degree in English, prior to employment.
  4. The names of two referees (only the referees of successful candidates will be contacted)
  5. Candidates will be shortlisted in September


The FEINART project is committed to adopting to a fair, open & transparent recruitment process adhering to equal opportunities and the Commission Recommendation on the European Charter for Researchers , the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers and to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter.

The successful candidates will start in February 2021 (changes may occur to the mentioned timeline due to current ongoing Covid-19 outbreak).

Please note that all applications received will be retained on record by the beneficiaries (University of Wolverhampton, University of Iceland, Zeppelin University and University of Edinburgh) for audit purposes up to 5 years after the end of the project. Therefore, by applying candidates agree to have their data stored and processed for this length of time.

Apply for ESR Projects

Below are the specific research subjects and the host beneficiary. To apply, click on the link under each ESR project and the link will lead you to the actual application website.

The ESR programmes will not based on practice-based PhDs. All programmes and training modules will be held in English and no local language skills are required. 

University of Wolverhampton

ESR Project 1 (art and political philosophy): Changing social identity and economic role of the artist. This PhD project aims to understand the changing economic function of art, and the changing social role of the artist and curator.


ESR Project 2 (art theory and practice): The shift of the art studio as a site of production of objects to the studio as research hub or social forum. This PhD project aims to increase awareness of the changing skill set of the artist from ‘maker’ to ‘thinker-as-maker’.


ESR Project 3 (art theory and practice): Impact of post-display and participatory art on the future of public art institutions in Europe. This PhD project aims to develop understanding of new modes of reception of art not based on conventional forms of production and display



University of Iceland

ESR Project 4 (art theory/cultural theory): Participatory, community and activist art and the future of democracy This PhD project aims to find the role of participatory and communal artistic practice in a wide of range regional and cultural contexts


ESR Project 5 (art and political philosophy): Changing notions of value and judgement in relation to participatory, community-based and activist art. This PhD project aims to assess the philosophical implications of the cognitive and affective shift of the spectator from ‘audience’ to ‘participant’.


ESR Project 6 (art theory/cultural theory): Art and social practice in decentered national contexts: the case of Iceland. This PhD project aims to survey and assess the socially engaged art programmes and resources of independent art spaces (Art Labs. Hubs, etc) in Iceland



Zeppelin Universität

ESR Project 7 (curatorial studies/arts administration): European funding policy and employment for socially engaged art. This PhD project aims to produce a financial analysis and social overview of institutional support and employment data for socially engaged art in the EU.


ESR Project 8 (curatorial studies/arts administration): Art and social engaged practice in major national contexts: the case of Germany. This PhD project aims to survey and assess the socially engaged art programmes and resources of independent art spaces (Art Labs/Hubs) in Germany, with particular emphasis on the role of the new curator. Note: this project does not require German language skills.


ESR Project 9: (art theory and practice) New forms of artistic labour and socially engaged art. This PhD project aims to study and theorize the changing function and role of artistic skills in relation to the collaborative and participatory character of socially engaged practice.


ESR Project 10 (art theory and practice): Socially engaged art and digital network culture. This PhD project aims to study assess the impact of the digitalization on artistic labour, audience participation and the transmission of knowledge in socially engaged art.



University of Edinburgh

ESR Project 11 (curatorial studies and arts administration): Gender and sexual division of labour in the curating and production of socially-engaged art. This PhD project aims to assess and theorize the impact of women’s labour on the development of socially engaged art and the independent art space.

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