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Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)

Call for Applications - PEERS Programme

PEERS is a new pre-PhD programme of the Department of Performing Arts and Film at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Its main 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, participants will be offered the opportunity to benefit from an intensive mentoring and training programme. They will become part of the vibrant research environment at ZHdK (such as lab-practice, colloquia, symposia, research academy), and will gain access to the University's outstanding infrastructure and relevant professional networks. Participants will also 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 individual research plan, as well as in searching and applying for artistic PhD programmes at ZHdK and beyond.

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. 


If you are interested and for further information, check out the Call for Applications.  

If you have any further questions there will be two Zoom-Q&A's where 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


Friday 1 October 2021 | 5.00 pm (GMT+2)

Tuesday 13 July 2021 | 10.00–12.00 am (GMT+2)

Monday 30 August 2021 | 2.00–4.00 am (GMT+2)


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Zurich University of the Arts

Institute for the Performing Arts and Film


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