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Deadline (1st application stage) Monday 25 MAy 2020 (10:00:00 am Berlin local time) 

The Graduate School of the Berlin University of the Arts in the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences (BAS) is Offering Fellowships

The Graduate School of the Berlin University of the Arts is a postgraduate and international programme of studies for highly qualified graduates in all disciplines who have already developed their own artistic¹ positions and who have already carried out an artistic professional practice of at least three years at the time of application. Interested persons are asked to submit an artistic research project that can be completed within two years.

The fellowship programme is aimed at graduates in all artistic and scientific disciplines who understand exchange with other disciplines as being an essential part of their work. The fellowship gives recipients the possibility to work intensively for two years on researching, producing and finalising their own project. Fellows are obliged to engage in teaching at the University of the Arts for a minimum of one semester within the duration of the fellowship.² In addition, the Graduate School offers opportunities for project integration within the framework of interdisciplinary collaborations between arts and sciences at the Berlin University of the Arts, as well as for individual supervision by professors from the areas of Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Music, and Architecture, Media and Design.

The Graduate School sees itself as an academic forum for exchange, which supports fellows on a professional level in developing their work further, both in practice and in conceptual and discursive terms. Regular working group sessions and public events (for example, the “Salon für Ästhetische Experimente” series at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt or the concluding “Graduale” exhibition) give a form to the work process that, on the one hand, intensifies the work internally, while on the other serves to share it with the Berlin public. We are therefore especially looking for candidates who are interested in participating in a common thought, exchange, and work process within the group and with other actors at the Berlin University of the Arts. The fellowship comes with the title “Fellow of the Graduate School at the Berlin University of the Arts”. Financial support is provided for two years. The monthly stipend is €1,365 plus a grant for the cost of materials and a child allowance, when relevant.

Prospective starting date: 1st April 2021.

The Graduate School will award four fellowships.

Graduate School pursues a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunities for all applicants. In case you have concerns regarding accessibility in the course of the application procedure, please contact us in time.

The Berlin University of the Arts is committed to increasing its share of young female artists and scholars.

Applications are accepted in both, German and English language. The application process takes place in three stages.

¹ Please note that we understand the term “artistic” as based on the disciplines and practices here at UdK, encompassing all four faculties (Fine Arts – Architecture, Media, Design – Music – Performing Arts) which are home to the university.
² subject to sufficient structural capacity

The first stage (pre-application) takes place in two steps:

At you will find our online application form (link is not active any more, because the deadline is over) which you should fill in completely.
This includes the submission of a short presentation video (min. 2 to max. 4 minutes long) in which you respond to the following questions in front of the camera: How do you understand your artistic work? In what contexts do you place your practice (artistic, social, historical)? What inspires you?
Please upload this video to Vimeo and provide the link (and password if applicable) in the online application form.
Please note that the jury will not evaluate the technical quality of the video.
In a further step, please send the following documents in a PDF file (max. 10MB) as an email attachment to
- Curriculum vitae, indicating the minimum three years of artistic professional
- Letter of motivation (1 to 2 A4 pages, min. font size 11) in which you respond
to the following questions: How would your professional career benefit from being granted this fellowship? What do you expect from the artistic-intellectual exchange among the scholarship holders of the Graduate School? How do you see your contribution to this forum? How would you translate your artistic practice and central aspects of your research project into an idea for an interdisciplinary teaching concept?
- Project presentation (size 1 to 2 A4 pages, min. font size 11)
- Copy of the university degree certificate (equivalent to the Master's degree or
Diploma) or proof of outstanding artistic aptitude, which is proven by at least three years of successful professional experience in the form of relevant professional documents
- up to 3 work samples from your own artistic practice (online cross-references are to be inserted as hyperlinks in the PDF)

The application deadline is Monday, 25/05/2020 (10:00 am Berlin local time)
Please also note: The deadline for submitting your application is determined by the time of the electronic receipt of the application at the UdK Berlin. Experience has shown that the submission of applications takes a long time, especially in the last hours before the deadline, due to overloading. We would therefore like to point out as a precaution that it is advisable to submit your application as early as possible. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

For questions on the application, please contact studyguide_ @udk-berlin.

Should the jury select your application in the first stage, you can expect to be informed by mid-August 2020 and asked for a detailed project presentation as well as additional application documents.

In the 2nd stage, please send us the following documents in a PDF file (maximum 10MB) as an email attachment to gs-application_

- Detailed project presentation (5 to 10 DIN A4 pages, min. font size 11)
- Proof of at least three years' professional experience in the form of relevant
professional documents
- Description of a teaching format planned at the University of the Arts, open to
students of different subjects (max. 2 A4 pages, min. font size 11)
- if applicable, outline of potential artistic collaboration within the project
- Project-related letter of recommendation from a university teacher or a
professional from a discipline relevant to the project
- Preliminary time, cost and financing plan of the project (max. 1 A4 page each,
min. font size 11)
- Information on your availability during the fellowship period
- if applicable, evidence of special awards and prizes, other skills, as well as
reports and evidence of any existing social, university-political, ecological, (socio-)political and other commitments as well as evidence of specific social, family or personal circumstances

The application deadline is Friday, 11/09/2020 (10:00 am Berlin local time)

Should the jury select your application in the second stage, you can expect be informed by the end of November 2020 and to be invited to an application interview.

In stage 3, the application interviews are expected to take place in the 50th calendar week.

You will be asked to bring the original or a certified copy of your university diploma to the interview.
If you are planning to work collaboratively, please bring written commitments from each project partner to this appointment.
You can expect to be notified whether or not you have been chosen for a fellowship in January 2021.

Applications that are not submitted by the deadlines or that fail to comply with the formal specifications cannot be considered.

Further details, as well as information on application requirements and the selection process, can be found online at:
Please also see our FAQ.
For questions on the application, please contact studyguide_ @udk-berlin.