Recruitment and admission procedures

     The recruitment procedure for candidates requires the submission of a pre-application declaration, a preliminary scientific proposal (PhD thesis project) and artistic proposal together with an application file. This is followed by an assessment of artistic proficiency (by the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin or the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg), and finally, if the candidate is selected, by a review of the candidate's application documents (by the Université de Strasbourg or the HfM Freiburg) during the admission and enrolment procedure.

Schedule

  • February 2nd 2024: submission deadline for the pre-application declaration (specifying the artistic discipline, the preliminary research topic and the designated scientific and artistic supervisors);
  • from February 2nd 2024 to April 5th 2024: preparation of the scientific and artistic proposal with the scientific and artistic supervisors;
  • April 5th 2024: submission deadline for the application file;
  • April 15th 2024: jury decision on the shortlist of eligible candidates for the assessment of artistic proficiency;
  • May 16th 2024: assessment of artistic proficiency at the HEAR Strasbourg;
  • May 23rd 2024: notification of the jury decision to the candidates;
  • from May 23rd 2024: in case of a positive decision, start of the admission and enrolment procedure at Unistra and/or HfM Freiburg and/or HEAR.

Pre-application declaration

     The pre-application declaration is to be submitted before the actual application. It must be sent to Mathieu Schneider, Director of the CDE ICM, at the following e-mail address by Friday, February 2, 2024: doctorat-icm@accra-recherche.unistra.fr.

     The declaration must include the following information:

  • the artistic discipline;
  • the preliminary research topic;
  • the names of the proposed scientific and artistic supervisors.

The preliminary scientific and artistic proposal

     Early on, potential candidates should contact one or more scientific supervisors from the Unistra and/or the HfM Freiburg and one or more artistic supervisors from the HEAR and/or the HfM Freiburg who are likely to supervise their thesis and their artistic project. It is recommended they are contacted before February 2nd 2024 at the latest, as the drafting of a scientific and artistic proposal takes several weeks.

     (If the thesis is expected to be co-supervised by Unistra or HfM Freiburg and another university outside of these two institutions, the candidate should contact the administration of the CDE ICM at the following e-mail address doctorat-icm@accra-recherche.unistra.fr.)

    With the help of the scientific and artistic supervisor(s), candidates should complete the preliminary scientific and artistic proposal before Friday April 5th 2024 at midnight (at the latest) and send it along with the application file to Mathieu Schneider, Director of the CDE ICM, at the following e-mail address: doctorat-icm@accra-recherche.unistra.fr.

     The preliminary scientific proposal

     The preliminary scientific proposal should:

  • be written in French if the candidate intends to register for the PhD at the Unistra, or in German if the candidate intends to register for the PhD at the HfM Freiburg;
  • comprise a maximum of 10 pages (A4 format; Times New Roman font; size 12) excluding bibliography;
  • give an idea of the current situation of the research topic (unpublished material, material that has already been dealt with by theoretical/empirical approaches, etc. but that are not suitable, or that can be improved upon, etc., what are these approaches, what are their limitations, etc.);
  • give an idea of the added value for the research topic (new issues, new points of view, new solutions, relevant confirmation of current knowledge, methodological contributions, new resources, etc.);
  • present a substantial and updated bibliography (in addition to the 10-pages proposal);
  • specify the preliminary theoretical orientations and explain the reasons for them;
  • include a time chart (or a schedule) that shows the PhD students' ability to think ahead and plan their PhD project over the course of three years (included in the 10-pages proposal).

     The preliminary artistic proposal

      The preliminary artistic proposal should relate to the scientific research topic and include the following:

  • for performers: a 45-minutes programme of pieces for the assessment of artistic proficiency;
  • for composers: a portfolio of compositions;
  • for choir, ensemble and orchestra directors: one or more recordings (or links to recordings) of performances (maximum 45 minutes).

     The preliminary scientific and artistic proposal will be submitted to and discussed with the jury during the assessment of artistic proficiency.

The application file

     In order to participate in the assessment of artistic proficiency, candidates should also send their application file, in addition to their preliminary scientific and artistic proposal, before Friday April 5th 2024 at midnight (at the latest) to Mathieu Schneider, Director of the CDE ICM, at the following e-mail address: doctorat-icm@accra-recherche.unistra.fr. The application file can be submitted in French, German or English.

     The application file should include the following documents:

  • the research topic, together with the name of the scientific supervisor(s) (and co-supervisors in case of co-supervision for the thesis) and the name of the artistic supervisor(s);
  • an audio-visual recording of an artistic performance of about 10 minutes;
  • an cover/application letter (1 A4 page maximum);
  • a confirmation letter from the scientific supervisor(s) to supervise the PhD student;
  • a confirmation letter from the artistic supervisor(s) to supervise the PhD student;
  • a CV (3 A4 pages maximum) specifying education, professional experience, artistic experience, etc;
  • the certificate of completion of the Master's degree (or a copy of the Master's degree) and the transcript of records for the Master's degree;
  • an electronic copy of the Master's thesis;
  • the specific technical requirements for the assessment of the artistic proficiency and what the examined performance will involve.

Shortlisting of the application files for the assessment of artistic proficiency

    

     After the submission deadline for the application files, a jury will review the applications files in order to shortlist eligible candidates for the assessment of artistic proficiency. Applicants will be notified of the decision on April 15st 2024.

Assessment of artistic proficiency

     The assessment will take place at the HEAR in Strasbourg on Thursday May 16th 2024. Candidates will receive prior notification of the time of their audition. The audition must take place in person; auditions via video conference cannot be accepted.

     The assessment of artistic proficiency will last 20 minutes, and will be followed by a 20-minutes interview with the jury to explain the relationship between the artistic and scientific proposals.

     The assessment will differ depending on the discipline, as follows:

  • for performance (vocal and instrumental disciplines), candidates will present a 45-minutes programme related to the research topic and containing a masterpiece; the jury will audition approximately 20 minutes of this programme;
  • for composition (instrumental, vocal, mixed or electroacoustic), candidates will discuss the composition portfolio they have submitted with the jury for 20 minutes; during this presentation, the candidates will also make the jury listen to at least two contrasting works, in whole or in part;
  • for choral, ensemble and orchestral conducting, candidates will discuss the recordings they have submitted with the jury for 20 minutes.

     The jury consists of the members of the directorate. At each candidate’s audition, the candidate’s scientific and artistic supervisor(s) are invited to listen to the assessment and to ask the candidate questions during the interview; in addition, the supervisors may themselves be asked questions after the assessment of the candidate’s artistic proficiency, without the candidate being present.

     The jury will make its decision by assessing the PhD proposal as a whole and not just the artistic performance. Applicants will be notified of the jury’s decision on Thursday May 23th 2024 (at the latest).

     After the assessment of artistic proficiency, the candidates selected for the PhD programme should follow the guidelines of either the Doctoral School 520 "Humanities" (ED 520) within the Doctoral College (Université de Strasbourg) or of the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg for the review of their application documents during the admission and enrolment procedure.

Review of the application documents during the admission and enrolment procedure

     At the Université de Strasbourg

     If the successful candidate enrols at the Université de Strasbourg, the review of the application documens is carried out by the Doctoral School of Humanities (ED 520). The file must meet all the criteria required for any PhD admission to the ED 520, and the schedule given by the ED 520. To know these criteria and the schedule, please visit the ACCRA website (section “Inscription en 1ère année de doctorat”).

     The application file comprises the usual administrative documents, information on which can be found on the ACCRA website (section “Inscription en 1ère année de doctorat”). Please note that the documents should be provided in French.

     The jury for the assessment of artistic proficiency will send its detailed opinion to the director of ED 520 who will grant admission to the PhD programme based on this opinion, the scientific proposal submitted by the candidate and the other required documents.

     Once the file accepted, the candidate should then register at the institutions where the scientific and artistic supervisors are located and pay the corresponding registration fees.

     At the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg

     If the successful candidate enrols at the HfM Freiburg, the review of the application documents is carried out by the Promotionsausschuss of the HfM Freiburg. The file must meet all the criteria required for any PhD admission to the HfM Freiburg, and the schedule given by the HfM Freiburg. To know these criteria and the schedule, please visit the HfM Freiburg website (section “Details zur Zulassung und Verfahren”).

     The application file comprises the usual administrative documents, information on which can be found on the HfM Freiburg website (section “Details zur Zulassung und Verfahren”). Please note that the documents should be provided in German.

     The jury for the assessment of artistic proficiency will send its detailed opinion to the Promotionsausschuss of the HfM Freiburg who will grant admission to the PhD programme based on this opinion, the scientific proposal submitted by the candidate and the other required documents.

     Once the file accepted, the candidate should then register at the institutions where the scientific and artistic supervisors are located and pay the corresponding registration fees.

Registration fees

     The PhD students have to pay registration fees at the institution where their thesis is supervised, as well as registration fees at the institution where their artistic practice is supervised.

     The registration fees for institutions offering scientific supervision are as follows:

  • €380 per year payable to the Université de Strasbourg at the time of the administrative (re-)registration before September 30th of each year;
  • €190 per semester payable to the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg at the time of the administrative (re-)registration between June 1st and July 1st of each year for the winter semester and between January 1st and February 1st of each year for the summer semester.

     The registration fees for institutions offering artistic supervision are as follows:

  • €155 per year payable to the HEAR in Strasbourg at the time of the administrative (re-)registration before September 30th of each year;
  • €190 per semester payable to the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg at the time of the administrative (re-)registration between June 1st and July 1st of each year for the winter semester and between January 1st and February 1st of each year for the summer semester.

Special cases:

  • if the PhD students are registered for the supervision of both the thesis and the artistic practice at the HfM Freiburg, they pay the registration fees at the HfM Freiburg only once;
  • if the PhD students are registered for the supervision of the thesis at the HfM Freiburg and for the supervision of the artistic practice at both the HfM Freiburg and the HEAR in Strasbourg, they should pay the registration fees at the HfM Freiburg (once) and at the HEAR in Strasbourg;
  • if the PhD students are registered for the supervision of the thesis at the Université de Strasbourg and for supervision of the artistic practice at both the HEAR in Strasbourg and the HfM Freiburg, they should pay the registration fees at all three institutions.