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Applicants must present the following requirements:
• an above-average higher education degree (equivalent to the Master Degree or German "Diplom") or an outstanding artistic aptitude, demonstrated by a successful professional practice of at least 3 years
• a verifiable artistic professional practice of at least 3 years at the time of application
• an artistic project proposal with a focus on exchange with other artistic and academic disciplines, which can be completed within two years and which corresponds in its complexity with the standards of an independent research project
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.
The next prospective starting date is 1st of October 2021 (postponement due to the ongoing pandemic and resulting shifts in the programme). The deadline for the first application stage is over, we do not accept further applications.
The application process consists of three stages.
The first stage (pre-application) takes place in two steps.
At www.udk-berlin.de/gs-application you will find our online application form, 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 the 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 one PDF file (max. 10 MB) as an email attachment to gs-application: @udk-berlin.de
- Curriculum vitae, indicating the minimum three years of artistic professional practice
- Letter of motivation (length 1 to 2 A4 pages, minimum 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 Graduate School fellows? How do you see your contribution to this forum? How would you translate your artistic practice and the central aspects of your research project into an idea for an interdisciplinary teaching concept?
- Project presentation (length 1 to 2 A4 pages, minimum font size 11)
- Copy of university degree certificate (equivalent to a Master's degree or Diplom) 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 of your personal artistic practice (online cross-references are to be inserted as hyperlinks in the PDF-file)
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 (milliseconds are crucial!) 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.
In the 2nd stage, please send us the following documents in a PDF file (max. 10 MB) as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Detailed project presentation (length 5 to 10 A4 pages, minimum font size 11)
- Proof of at least three years’ professional practice in the form of relevant professional documents
- Answer to the questions sent to you in the invitation to the second round (max. half a page per question, font size 11
- Description of a teaching format planned at the UdK, open to students of different subjects (maximum 2 A4 pages, minimum font size 11)
- outline of potential collaboration within the project
- Project-related letter of recommendation from a university teacher or a professional from a discipline relevant to your project
- Preliminary time, cost and financing plan of the project (maximum 1 A4 page each, minimum 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-politcal, academic, ecological, (socio-)political and other commitments, as well as evidence of specific social, family or personal circumstances.
The interviews take place in the third stage.
You will be asked to bring the original or a certified copy of your university diploma to the interview.
In case you are planning to work collaboratively on your project, please bring written commitments of each partner to the appointment.
Applications that are not submitted by the deadlines or that fail to comply with the formal specifications cannot be considered.
1st stage of procedure: 25/05/2020 (10:00 am Berlin local time)
Should the jury select your application in the first stage, you can expect to be informed by mid-August 2020 and be asked for a detailed project presentation as well as additional application documents.
2nd stage of procedure: 11/09/2020 (10:00 am Berlin local time)
Should the jury select your application in the second stage, you can expect to be informed by the end of November 2020 and to be invited to an application interview.
The interviews of stage 3 are expected to take place in calendar week 50.
You can expect to be notified whether or not you have been chosen for a fellowship in January 2021.
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.
Only send your application as a PDF (1 compiled file) and as an email attachment. Files sent in other ways (e.g. Dropbox or wetransfer) will not be considered! You have the possibility to include active links in the PDF.
Excluded from this is the presentation video in the 1st stage of the application process, which you should upload to Vimeo. You will need to provide the link (and password if necessary) in the online application form. If you do not have access to the video platform, please contact us in time!
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt for the application form as well as for the required documentation. This automatic reply confirms the receipt of your application, it does not, however, check for completeness and content and timely receipt of your documents.
Handing in the required documentation and individual proof at a later stage is not permitted and won’t be considered. Excepted is the proof of the university degree, which must be digitally confirmed in the 1st phase, regarding as to when the course was completed. You only have to submit the original or certified copy in the 3rd phase during the interview process. If the submitted document hasn’t been issued in German or English, it will be needed to be translated into German.
Please note: Documentation, which does not meet the formal criteria will not be considered in the application process.
Part of the pre-application process (1st phase) is the submission of up to three work samples. Please send them as part of the compiled PDF file along with your CV, letter of motivation, project presentation and copy of university degree after filling out the online application form.
You have the options to add pictures or hyperlinks to your document. Please keep in mind the limitation of 10MB.
Attention / new: please create a short video (length 2 to 4 minutes) where you present your responses in front of the camera to the following questions: How do you perceive your artistic workings? In what contexts and continuities do you place your practice (artistically, socially, historically)? What inspires you?
Please note that the presentation video is not intended to provide insights into your research project or even to illustrate artistic material in concrete terms. You will get the opportunity to do so when you submit the project description and up to 3 samples of your work. Use the video to answer the above questions personally and concretely! Please upload the video to Vimeo and set up the link (and if needed a password) in the online application form.
If you do not have access to the Vimeo platform, please contact us in time!
Please also note that the jury does not evaluate the technical quality of the video. You can also film it with a simple mobile phone camera, for example.
For the first round of application, a digital copy of your university degree is sufficient. In case we invite you to the personal interview in the final round, you will be asked to bring and present the original or a certified copy of your certificate.
In the second stage of the application, you need a project related letter of recommendation. Please send this document as part of the compiled PDF file attached to your email to gs-application. @udk-berlin.de
No. The subject of your higher university degree is not relevant for the fellowship (cf. selection criteria). A degree from the Berlin University of the Arts is also not necessary.
Attention / new: having obtained a minimum of three years of professional artistic experience is compulsory to be eligible to apply.
As proof, you can submit documentation such as: press articles, statements by curators, evidence of your attendance of artistic projects or residencies, exhibition catalogues or other documents that show your professional artistic involvement and activity.
Yes, you can apply with an ongoing or proposed PhD-project. Please be hereby very clear about the format and character of your two-year long research project, that you want to complete in the context of the UdK Graduate School.
Please also remember that the fellowship itself is no artistic PhD-programme! After successful completion, we issue a certificate for each fellow with the title "Fellow of the Graduate School at the Berlin University of the Arts".
Generally speaking: yes, you can also apply with a background as a curator or art critic. What needs to become clear in your application is the format and character of the research project that you are applying with: which artistic approaches do you integrate in your work? What will the outcome of your project be? (A publication? A series of publication? A series of events? ...)
Yes. (Please tick “team application” in the application form.) You can also apply for the fellowship as a group (2 people or more) with a joint project. In this case, each person has to fill out the application form and hand in the complete application documentation. When conducting the presentation video as part of the pre-application, you have the choice of completing it as a team or individually. Each member of the team should, however, respond individually to the required questions.
You do not need to be an EU citizen to be eligible to apply. Please note that in the case of a positive outcome of your application, the scholarship payment requires that you hold the status of an enrolled student at UdK. You will therefore need a student visa.
Formally speaking, you can also enrol at the university with an address outside of Berlin. Regular participation in the events hosted by the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences and in the study programme of the Graduate School is, however, compulsory for all fellows. We also provide studios in the facilities of the Graduate School where the fellows can work on their projects.
The jury members and their deputies are appointed by the Joint Committee of the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences. The jury comprises of representatives of all of the university’s faculties.
At the end, a certificate will be issued to verify the successfully completed fellowship. The certificate has the title "Fellow of the Graduate School at the Berlin University of the Arts". The title you receive is no artistic PhD.
Fellowships are generally approved for 24 months in each case. The maximum term of funding is 24 months. Fellowships may not be extended beyond this limit.
The study programme consists of several elements:
• monthly Jour Fixe with the whole group, led by our guest professor
• individual atelier visits with our guest professor
• event series „Salon fur Ästhetische Experimente“
• study trips to Sauen
• regular meetings with the individual supervisor (about 15hours per fellowship year)
• further events hosted by the Graduate School as well as the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences
The study programme is led by a guest professor assigned to the Graduate School, who moderates the intensive exchange within the fellows group. The Graduate School staff also helps each fellow to find an individual mentor. These are UdK professors who accompany the project with about 15 individual hours of supervision per year.
The Graduate School pursues a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunities. If you have any concerns about accessibility during the selection process, please contact us immediately.
Yes. For the disbursement of funds, the fellow is required to enrol at the Berlin University of the Arts.
Yes, during the fellowship period, the fellows must partake in (interdisciplinary) teaching formats at the UdK for at least one semester (subject to sufficient structural capacities). For example, the UdK's "Studium Generale" and the "Kollisionen" offer opportunities to try out different teaching formats. Teaching formats jointly developed by the fellows (with an interdisciplinary orientation) are also possible and very welcome.
The payment of the fellowship is not affected by illnesses or other serious circumstances, such as periods of absence up to six weeks in length and necessitated due to pregnancy, providing nursing care or tending to a child. If the absence lasts for a longer period, the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences must be promptly informed. In this case the fellowship may be suspended for the duration of the absence without any extension of the term of the fellowship. The maximum term of funding is 24 months.
Yes, it is possible to apply for an association at the Graduate School. As an associate, you take part in the curriculum of the Graduate School and earn the title ‘Fellow of the Graduate School’. You do not receive a monthly fellowship. However, you might receive project funding (e.g. material resources). The selection of associates follows the same selection process by the jury of the Graduate School. If you apply to become an associated fellow, please tick the appropriate box on the application form and describe how you would make a living and fund your project (foundations, funding programmes etc.) in case of admission.
Per fellowship year, each fellow has available a sum that ranges around a medium four-figure for the completion of their project.
You receive a full-time fellowship. Secondary employment activities are possible, but shall be disclosed to the President of the Joint Commission of the Berlin Centre for Advanced Studies in Arts and Sciences. The Joint Commission shall decide on any possible reduction of the amount of the fellowship.
Working languages at the Graduate School are German and English. In case your German is not very good yet, the Graduate School provides the opportunity to take German lessons.
A childcare allowance may be claimed for children of minor age or who are still in education or training. For monthly childcare allowance amounts to 154 euros for one child, 205 euros for two children and 256 euros for three or more children.