Open Call

Goldsmiths, University of London

This Open Call is now closed

We are delighted to announce our international Open Call for the Asymmetry PhD Scholarship in the 'Advanced Practices' programme at the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Beginning in the academic year of Autumn 2022, we are offering a bespoke, fully funded Scholarship in the innovative PhD programme 'Advanced Practices' at Goldsmiths. The four-year placement is a unique academic opportunity within the field of curatorial practices and cross-cultural research, awarded to one successful candidate who identifies with Greater Chinese heritage and culture, including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, based in the region or internationally.

The Scholarship fully covers four years of the PhD programme, including tuition fees, monthly rent and living costs. The ideal candidate will be an academically determined art professional, an inventive thinker, with a background in curatorial studies and/or contemporary art and relevant work experience. While we are open to all applications, we strongly welcome applicants with work experience and innovative project portfolios or academic publications.


The MPhil/PhD and M.Res ‘Advanced Practices’ programme at Goldsmiths engages with recent developments in how ‘research’ is operating in creative practices. Through an interrelated programme of teaching, projects and collaborations, the course encourages practitioners to respond to the growing importance of practice-driven research within knowledge production, public exhibiting, and cultural organising. ‘Advanced Practices’ is geared towards advancing the grounds for different forms of practice, from artistic to infrastructural. Animated by concepts that vary from anthropology as cultural critique, curatorial knowledges to the exhibitionary matrix, amongst others, the programme encourages applicants to invent new methodologies, reframing and expanding the notions of ‘practice’ beyond forms of making or performing.

Seminars are taught six times a year, encouraging those working in the field to be able to maintain their work. This is a practice-driven and research-based programme that can incorporate projects in progress, collaborations with organisations, and platforms. It can also be an opportunity to rethink the circulation and meaning of how/to whom work is communicated, and to put forms of transdisciplinarity and trans-operationality into practice. The Department of Visual Cultures is a small but vibrant research-active department in the School of Culture and Society at Goldsmiths, comprised of globally acclaimed researchers, artists, and curators from across many fields.

For more information on Goldsmiths’ PhD programme, visit the departmental website here or the ‘Advanced Practices’ website, here.
For term dates, please click here.

Due to Covid-19, it is possible that the PhD programme may take place in a combined offline/online capacity. Asymmetry and all partners will follow the official government and university guidelines.

The current PhD Scholarship is running from September 2021-2025.

1 MARCH 2022

SEPTEMBER 2022 – 2026


- The completed Asymmetry PhD Scholarship Application Form

- Your current CV, outlining academic career, previous employment history, past exhibition projects, residencies, awards, publications, and public programming (such as talks, conferences, etc.)

- A cover letter summarising your motivation to obtain a PhD in ‘Advanced Practices’, your desired research direction and how our PhD Scholarship would benefit you (500 words)

- A portfolio of previous projects

- A writing sample of your MA dissertation (3000-5000 words) and a further writing sample free of choice (1500-2500 words)

- English Language requirement:
If English is not your native language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme.
- Optional: A sample of an academic publication (500-1500 words)

Please send your complete PhD Scholarship application package via e-mail to

Application language and material must be submitted in English.
Please note that the file size should not exceed a total of 10 MB.

1 MARCH 2022

With Irit Rogoff, Professor at the Department of Visual Cultures,
and Weitian Liu, PhD Scholar,
Goldsmiths, University of London


We are thrilled to be hosting a Live Zoom Q&A Session with Prof. Irit Rogoff and our current PhD Scholar Weitian Liu, in conversation with Deputy Director Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt. Delving into the research-based programme’s core fields of study, Irit who leads the ‘Advanced Practices’ programme will provide detailed insights into the course’s key concepts, from anthropology as cultural critique to practice epistemology, expanding on the nuances and importance of practice-driven research within knowledge production. Weitian will join Irit, sharing his experiences of the course and his active engagement in curatorial projects and events that explore and promote critical discourse around the Sinophone art community in London and beyond. Together they will be answering questions ahead of your application in a Q&A geared towards prospective candidates who are interested in applying for the Scholarship and wish to learn more about the programme.

To sign up for the Zoom Q&A, please click this link to register.

Goldsmiths, University of London