The Royal Danish Academy – Architecture, Design, Conservation is offering a PhD fellowship, the theme of which is ‘Preservation/Conservation’

The Institute of Conservation is seeking a candidate for a PhD project to study a topic within the field of the preservation and/or conservation of cultural or natural heritage. The aim is to engender new knowledge about active or preventive conservation, preservation, methodology or analyses, thereby helping to enhance our understanding of active or preventive preservation, optimisation of materials, methods or processes.In the long term, this new knowledge will be instrumental in the development of the conservation profession or solving museum-related or societal challenges.

The project thus falls within the scope of the Institute of Conservation’s current research focus on preservation.

We are looking for qualified proposals for a defined problem statement, relevant research questions and the associated theoretical angles and research methods.Ideally, the candidate will hold a master’s degree in conservation or a similar relevant field of study. The PhD fellow will be employed at the Royal Academy and enrolled in the Academy’s PhD School. They will be based at the Institute of Conservation at the Royal Academy.

About the Institute of Conservation

The Institute of Conservation educates conservators and carries out research that contributes to the preservation of our common cultural and natural heritage as irreplaceable assets for humanity as a whole. On the basis of research and in discussion with the outside world, we develop our conservation programmes, making them some of the best in the world. We conduct our research in collaboration with museums and other research institutions, contributing to research-based teaching and to developing applied conservation for the academic environments.

Qualification requirements

The PhD fellowship is a three-year (full-time) programme. At the time of appointment, the applicant must hold a master’s degree (120 ECTS or equivalent) in conservation or a similar relevant subject. Alternatively, the applicant must be able to document master’s-level competences on the basis of long-term education (4-5 years), knowledge, qualifications and skills, including research and/or professional experience in conservation or the like.

Terms of appointment

Enrolment is for the purpose of acquiring a PhD and entails three-years’ employment as a paid PhD fellow by agreement between the Danish Ministry of Taxation and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (Akademikerne): Protocol on PhD fellowships (Appendix 5). The salary consists of a basic salary determined by seniority and a fixed, non-pensionable supplement. The legal basis for the PhD programme and the award of a PhD degree at the Royal Academy is defined principally in the Act on Higher Artistic Educational Institutions (cf. Legislative Order No. 1673 of 11 December 2013) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s PhD Order No. 1039 of 29 August 2013.

What the application must include

There is no application form. The application must be written in Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or English.The application must be submitted as a single PDF file and must include:

  • A motivated application – 1 x A4 page.
  • A project description – 5 x A4 pages The project description must include the following:
  • The problem statement
  • A description of the objectives of the project and its innovation
  • State-of-the-Art
  • Possible research questions and any hypotheses.
  • A description of relevant research methods for answering the questions
  • In addition to the 5 x A4 pages: A timetable for the project (course participation accounts for 1/6 of the total period) and reference list
  • A CV and publication list (if any).
  • A text example of your own written communication.
  • Documentation of exams passed in the form of diplomas and transcripts.

The application

Submit your application and appendices electronically by clicking ‘Apply for the position’ below, to arrive at the Royal Academy no later than 12.00 noon on 10 May 2023.

Please upload an empty appendix in addition to the total application PDF, since the system requires 2 documents to be uploaded.

Any applications or application material received after the application deadline will not be taken into account in the assessment. The same applies to applications that do not meet the content requirements listed above.

Additional Information

If you require additional information about the content of the position, feel free to email Rikke Bjarnhof (Dean – Conservation) at

If you require any information about the formalities of the application, please email Ditte Dahl at the Academy’s PhD School:

Anyone who fulfils the requirements for a Master’s-level academic education is encouraged to apply for the fellowship, regardless of age, gender, religion or ethnic background.