The deadline for submission of applications is June 30th, 2017

The recruitment process is international 
and the number of places is limited to six. The programme is open to postgraduate in visual communication and graphic design who have completed a master’s degree or equivalent (Bac +5 in France), and to professionals, regardless of their nationality – no age limit applies.
Each researcher receives a personal grant of €4,000 for 18 months (from October to March).

Applicants can present a personal research project or apply to one of the 2017 research programmes.

Research programmes 2017

Halbgotische, Gotico-Antiqua, Fere-Humanistica: between blackletter and roman


This research programme focuses on letter forms created in the 15th century in Germany, Italy and France and which are neither Blackletter nor Roman. Besides the three gothic types (Textura, Bastarda, Rotunda) and Roman, a fifth sometimes hesitating letter is object of our study. Hundreds of Gotico-Antiqua types (one of many names to describe them) were created between 1459 and 1482. Often forgotten, rarely discussed, they are lacking a contemporary study in type history and design, which overlaps here with paleography and incunabula research. The historical context is full of tensions and evolving astonishingly fast. While German printers are perfectionning printing with movable type and setteling in other countries, the ideals of the early Renaissance were rejecting gothic art as the reason of the lost of the Grandeur that was Rome. Finally, Roman type will conquer Europe, except Germany which will develop with Fraktur another gothic type, while Gotico-Antiqua will not survive the 15th century. A short revival moment in the early 20th century by English and German private presses constitutes a supplement to this study.
The programme is based on research conducted by Jérôme Knebusch, project coordinator, and on the results of workshops conducted over the last two years in Mulhouse, Valence, Mainz, Saarbrücken and Lyon during which various examples of such typefaces were analysed and redesigned. The ANRT is looking to recruit a researcher for its 2017–2019 session, with the aim to pursue the research on the body of work; to co-organise and take part in workshops in France and Germany; to put together extensive documentation; to develop further the different typefaces initiated during the workshops and/or to design a revival of his/her choice.
Desired profile for the application:
– Good type design skills
– Interested in type history, paleography and incunabula research
— English and/or French, German spoken

The Missing scripts


Unicode has become an essential character-encoding standard for exchanging texts electronically. It encompasses to date 129 different writing systems, and more than 110 000 characters: its ambition is to include all the scripts of humanity. The website, started in 2005 by Johannes Bergerhausen, and its associated book « decodeunicode Schriftzeichen die der Welt » (ed. Hermann Schmidt) gives a fascinating insight into the richness and diversity of the scripts covered by Unicode.
And yet, more than a hundred writing systems are still missing from Unicode. Jenticha, Kulitan, Garay (Wolof), Ranjana (Lantsa), Mayan Hieroglyphs… minority scripts, sometimes ancient or undeciphered (but not necessarily complex in their design), which are still awaiting to be approved by the Unicode Consortium. The aim of the Script Encoding Initiative (SEI) at the University of Berkeley is to provide the linguistic expertise required to submit new proposals for these writing systems to Unicode. Many of these scripts have never existed in a typographic form, and display some very interesting shapes: they represent a kind of unexplored territory for type designers.
The Missing Scripts project aims to support the SEI’s proposals to Unicode, through the design of typefaces for the missing entries. To achieve this, a multi-year research program will be implemented, based on a classification by Johannes Bergerhausen, who established different levels of complexity for these scripts, based on the SEI database. The work will be conducted over a number of years, combining several levels of expertise: linguistics (SEI, Berkeley), type design (ANRT) and graphic design / mediation (decodeunicode, Hochschule Mainz).
Desired profile for the application:
– Interest in Latin and non-Latin type design (specify which writing system)
– English spoken
– Good organisational skills

Visiting professors & experts:
Pr Johannes Bergerhausen, Hochschule Mainz (DE) /
Dr Deborah Anderson, Université de Berkeley (USA) / Script Encoding Initiative
The Unicode consortium


Schedule 2017

April 2017: call for applications
30 June 2017: deadline for submission of applications on
4 July 2017: Notification of shortlisted applications available online. 
Interview dates and times will be announced together with the application results.
4-13 July 2017: admission interview with the selection committee (video-conference interviews are possible).
2 October 2017: academic year starts
Registration of successful applicants 
from September 2016. 
Registration fee: 433€ in 2015-2016.


Applications must be submitted by 30 June 2017 in electronic form (as PDF) and should include:
— A document or portfolio demonstrating the candidate’s approach and his recent work. (PDF format, 10MB maximum);
— A typographic research project. Candidates should present in written form the personal project, or the research programme they plan to undertake at the ANRT (3 pages maximum);
— A covering letter detailing your reasons for applying;
— A registration form, to be downloaded from the ANRT website:
— A detailed CV;
— A photocopy of the candidate’s identity card or passport;
— Two passport photographs with the candidate’s name;
— Copies of certificates: degree certificates awarded by international institutions should be translated and certified as true copies;
Printed copies of all documents should also be sent by post to the ANRT, together with:
— A cheque or international money order for €37 payable to the ‘Régisseur des recettes ENSA de Nancy’, to cover the application fee.
— or a bank transfer to:
Domiciliation: TPNANCY
Code IBAN: FR76 1007 1540 0000 0010 1324 268
Reference : ANRT 2017[name and first name of the candidate]
(please join the receipt)

Applications should be sent to

École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy
Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT)
1 place Charles Cartier-Bresson
BP 13129
54013 Nancy CEDEX

For further information

+33 (0)3 83 41 61 68


The interview panel comprises:
— The Course Director and one tutor from the ANRT
— Three qualified interviewers appointed by ANRT’s management board, including a French or international graphic designer and/or typographer, an interviewer with appropriate design expertise and a teacher/researcher with expertise in this field.
During the interview the panel will focus on:
— The quality and maturity of the work presented
— The candidate’s ability to contextualise and present their project effectively, as well as visualising ways in which it might be developed
— The candidate’s motivation and level of expertise
— The ability to approach typography from an experimental and/or interdisciplinary perspective



I am currently a master student and I will soon graduate. Can I apply now for the next session?
— Yes. The applications are open to students who are currently registered in Master 2.

I graduated a few years ago, but my diploma is not a Master’s degree. Can I still apply?
— Yes. Exceptions can be made : for the holders of DNSEP who graduated before 2011 (when the DNSEP became a Master’s degree) and for the holders of a DSAA.

Is there an age restriction to join the ANRT?
— No.

I do not speak either French or English, is it a problem?
— Yes. The discussions at the ANRT are in French and in English. A good level in both languages is required : if you have some difficulties in one or the other, training is available on the Artem campus, at “la Maison des Langues” (self-learning, language exchange groups).

I submitted my application. What is the next step?
— The shortlist will be made the following week. Then the applicants will be invited to an oral examination in Paris. The final selection will be unveiled afterwards.

I live very far from France. Do I have to come especially for the oral examination?
— No. Videoconference interviews are possible.

I already work. Can I still do my work while studying at the ANRT?
— No. A full commitment is required.

I live in Paris. Do I have to move to Nancy to study at the ANRT?
— It is highly recommended to live in Nancy to be able to do a proper one-year-long research. Each student will have his own workspace at the Atelier, and a permanent access to the equipment and documentary resources of the ANRT.

What is exactly a research project at the ANRT?
— The fields are typeface design (latin and/or non-latin), editorial design (printed or on screen) and, in a general way, relations of typography with space, movement, architecture, new technologies, writing or fine arts. While a historical and theoretical support is needed, each project has to keep a practical dimension, aimed at the production of new forms. For the application stage, the project can remain a bit vague, the general idea is explained, as well as a few references.

My project is not about typeface design. Is it an issue?
— No. Research at the ANRT questions typographical design in a wider sense : it can cover the relationships of typography with space, movement, architecture, new technologies, fine arts, literature. We frequently talk about typeface design but it is not the only field of research.

Teaching method

How is the teaching at the ANRT organized?
— Teachers are at the ANRT 2 days a week, on Thursday and Friday. Each teacher comes to the ANRT one or two times a month. The discussion mode alternates between group sessions and individual sessions. Each researcher has to regularly present the progression of his research and has to produce a synthesis paper at the end of the year. The year ends with an oral presentation, supervised by the teaching team and a special guest.

I am interested in one of the research programs (ANRT/ATILF or ANRT/LORIA). Do I have to submit a research project?
— Not necessarily. An explanatory note about the applicant’s motivations may be enough.

How are supervised the research programs linked with the partner laboratories?
— The supervision is combined, both the teachers of the ANRT and the researchers of partner laboratories are taking part in the project. These partnerships result in regular discussions with the researchers, access to the documentary resources of each laboratory, and perspectives of group publications.

Do you give training on specific softwares?
— Yes. The researchers-students will benefit from a training on typeface design softwares (Robofont, Glyphs and Fontlab).

Are workshops or field trips planned?
— Yes. A field trip is organized every year. A thematic workshop takes place each semester. ANRT students also have to lead a workshop with students of the ENSA Nancy once a year.

Practical aspects

How much does a year at the ANRT cost?
— Registration fees are about 400€, to be paid to the ENSA Nancy.

Is there a research allowance?
— Yes. A research grant of 4 000€ (paid in 6 times) is allowed to each of the 6 researchers-students.

When does the academic year start?
— The academic year begins on 2 October 2017, in Nancy.


Application form

Atelier National de Recherche Typographique / Session 2017




Printed copies of all documents should also be sent by post to the ANRT, together with a large self-addressed envelope for returning the application.

Applications should be sent to

École nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy
Atelier National de Recherche Typographique (ANRT)
A l’attention de Catherine Tamborini
1 place Charles Cartier-Bresson
BP 13129
54013 Nancy CEDEX