Call for Application: PEERS Programme for emerging artistic researchers

05 July, 2021 by Yvonne Schmidt | 0 comments

Call for Application: PEERS Programme for emerging artistic researchers

DEADLINE APPLICATION: Friday 01. October 2021 | 5.00 pm (GMT+2)

PEERS is a pre-PhD programme of the Department of Performing Arts and Film at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Its aim is to support emerging artistic researchers who are interested in pursuing a doctorate in the arts, foremost yet not exclusively in the performing arts and film.

For a period of one year, starting in March 2022, partici- pants will be offered the opportunity to benefit from an inten- sive mentoring and training programme. Participants will benefit from peer-to-peer learning in the Junior Research Group and will receive tailored support aimed at promoting their individual development. They will be assisted in developing their research plan, as well as in searching and applying for artistic PhD programmes at ZHdK and beyond. They will also become part of the vibrant research environment at ZHdK (such as lab- practice, colloquia, symposia, research academies), and will gain access to the University’s outstanding infrastructure and relevant professional networks.

Programme activities:

— Mentoring: PEERS participants will be mentored by two or more experts from a pool of mentors, either at ZHdK or at international partner universities. Every participant will receive 44 mentoring hours during the year. Since we are constantly expanding our network, is also possible to propose a mentor beyond our pool.

— Workshops & training: The programme starts with a kick-off retreat, followed by four intensive workshops and classes on forms of mentoring in artistic third cycle contexts, artis- tic research methods, application strategies for PhD pro- grammes, and presentation skills, as well as a summer residency (22 days in total).

— Junior Research Group (JRG): The JRG for PhD and PEERS candidates at the department offers innovative collaboration formats, practice-led research and ongoing peer-to- peer-learning.

— International exchange: The PEERS programme collaborates with 3rd Cycle programmes at Amsterdam University of the Arts and UdK Berlin, as well as with partner institutions of the PhD Programme. Exchange is fostered by joint events during the year that are open to PEERS participants.

— Individual development: Every participant will be awarded an individual budget up to CHF 3’000 (to cover travel expenses for conferences/festivals, career development, material costs etc. In addition, the travel costs to Switzerland and accommodiation for the relevant workshops and events within the PEERS programme will be subsidized.

The programme also provides access to ZHdK’s infrastructure (desks, studios, labs, IT and technical equipment, libraries, internal further education, support by the ZHdK Grants Office and the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film, IPF).

For more information and a schedule of activities:

How to apply:

We are looking for five mid-career artists with profound artistic practice in theatre, dance, performance or film. Candidates must hold an MA or an equivalent degree. They will be expected to develop research and peer learning methodologies, as well as have a viable research plan.

In order to apply, please submit:
— CV (max. 4 A4 pages, min. font size 10);
— an artistic portfolio containing up to 3 samples of artistic

practice (link to a website or vimeo, etc.) providing evidence

of at least 5 years of professional artistic practice.
— Motivation letter (max. 2 A4 pages, min. font size 10)
— A short video statement (VIMEO, max. 5 minutes) that re-

sponds to the following questions: How do you expect transdisciplinary peer-to-peer exchange to advance your own practice? What do you want to bring to the PEERS programme?

— A short project description or research interest which could be further developed into a PhD project (max. 2 A4 pages, min. font size 10)

— Copy of MA degree certificate (or equivalent)

Applications may be submitted in English or German. Zurich University of the Arts is committed to equal opportunities and to advancing inclusion and diversity.

Application deadline: 1 Oktober 2021 (5 pm Swiss local time). Please apply via the link: apply online now by visiting the start

Candidates will be informed by the 
end of November

2021 whether they have been shortlisted for the PEERS programme. The shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a Zoom interview on either 9 or 10 December 2021. The programme will begin in March 2022 (detailed schedule:

Zoom Q&A: Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 10–12 am and Monday, 30 August, 2–4 pm (Swiss local time): Candidates will have the opportunity to discuss their questions directly with Yvonne Schmidt, PEERS programme director. To register and receive the Zoom link, please e-mail


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