3rd Cycle program:


Research platform GRASP (Groningen Research Arts and Society Platform) is a collaboration of Hanze University (UAS) and the University of Groningen. Artistic research yields unique knowledge and methods within the research domain of art and society, this can be of value for research practices in other domains.

Participants can obtain a PhD in GRASP and it is part of the Graduate School for Humanities (GSH) of the University of Groningen in cooperation with the Research Centre Art&Society of Hanze UAS.

The artistic PhD is a regular PhD within the existing PhD framework of the University of Groningen in which artistic work is an integral part of the research. It is a research trajectory for graphic artists, musicians, designers, dancers, dramatists and teachers in the field of art education. At least one supervisor from the University of Groningen and one co-supervisor from the Research Centre Art&Society, Hanze UAS, supervise an artistic PhD.

GRASP requirements

A relevant master degree

  • A strong artistic practice
  • A high quality research proposal
    (selection criteria will be published in September 2019)

Candidates who want to be considered for an artistic PhD will undergo the same selection procedure as candidates who apply for a regular PhD. In order to guarantee the quality of the supervision and the research a ‘coordinating body artistic PhD’ has been formed consisting of professors and potential supervisors of the University of Groningen and Hanze University (UAS). The coordinating body is also given the task to draw up a tailor-made curriculum for each candidate.


From Hanze University (UAS) the Research Centre Art&Society, Minerva Art Academy and Prince Claus Conservatoire are involved in the programme. From the University of Groningen the Research Centre for Arts and Society (part of The Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture, ICOG), the Graduate School for the Humanities, and University College Groningen.

3rd Cycle program:



all disciplines
art & society
artistic and practice-based research
new research methods
research platform