Call for applications now open!


At mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, the newly established Structured Doctoral Programme Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts at the Office of the Dean of Research Programmes offers six 4-year fully-funded PhD positions (30h/ per week).

The programme welcomes dissertation projects which offer a critical investigation of aspects of materiality, knowings or practices related to complex cultural phenomena in music and performing arts. Please find more detailed information on the topic “Music Matters. Materiality, Knowings and Practices in Performing Arts” here:

We invite highly qualified candidates who are eligible for enrollment in the PhD program at mdw to submit their proposals. Candidates should be interested in the critical examination of materiality, knowings or practices in music and performing arts from various (inter)disciplinary angles and should have a strong motivation to engage conceptually in the respective subjects.


Application documents:

- Informative dissertation proposal relating to Music Matters in English (max. 15 pages / 7,500 words)

- Motivational letter (1 page)

- CV

- Scan of diploma or master’s degree (English or German translation, if dipoma is in another language)

- Optional: publication or text sample (e.g. representative chapter of the Master Thesis, max. 20 pages / 10,000 words) in English or German


For further information on the structured doctoral program and FAQs (e.g. special features of the structured doctoral program, important deadlines, and requirements of the PhD project proposal):

If you have any questions, please see FAQs or contact:

Detailed Information on the application process: