Call for applications: ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships Scheme 2024-2025

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Call for applications
ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships Scheme 2024-25

Deadline: April 2, 2024

The Academy of Theatre and Dance is pleased to invite applications from teachers to the third round of its ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships Scheme. 

For the school year 2024-25, the Academy will award one Teacher-Researcher Fellowship which will pay for one teacher-researcher to conduct a research project directly connected to arts education at the ATD for 1 day a week over 1 year from September 2024 – September 2025. The Fellow will also receive supervision and mentoring from the Lectorate.

It is also possible to apply as a duo where each teacher will be paid to work for 0.5 day a week for 1 year, or equivalent.

Research is fundamental to the quality of our education. This scheme aims to provide teacher-researchers with time, support and structure to conduct research that will have a direct impact on educational development and benefit students. 

Fellowship projects need to deliver a clear output/s – outlined in the application form – to ensure that the knowledges that emerge are transferred into education and the results of the research are effectively shared with others (teachers, students, professionals from the field, wider publics). Output/s must be appropriate to the questions and methods of the research – eg. workshops, new teaching method, curriculum design, performance, film, installation, publication etc. The transfer of research could involve testing a new course, improving an existing course or using the research as teaching material etc. 

What is research at the ATD?

  • The ATD Lectorate believes passionately in the need for a greater equality between different ways of thinking and forms of knowledge.
  • We work with an open definition of research as a process of investigation that leads to insights shared with others. 
  • The ATD Lectorate focusses on practice research in the performing arts: understood as research conducted in and through practice, including the practice of teaching. 

For whom?

  • The ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships Scheme is open to applications from all current teachers at the ATD including artistic leaders from preparatory courses, Bachelors, Masters or 3rd cycle programs.

How to apply

Projects must be connected to education at the ATD and supported by the artistic leader of at least one relevant department / programme. If the applicant is an artistic leader, then they need to provide letter of support from another internal or external party who can commend their proposal in relation to the criteria.

Selection process and criteria

  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee made up of the ATD Director, Lector, the Head of Policy and a teacher-researcher. We aim to notify successful candidates by mid May 2024.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the research proposal + portfolio (questions, context, method)
  • Relevance for / potential impact on education at the ATD 
  • Evidence of research experience of the teacher and capacity to conduct independent research 
  • Feasibility: the teacher has time to conduct the research in relation to other commitments
  • Connection to the themes of the ATD Lectorate 

Find out more about the ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships 

In 2023-24, the ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships was awarded to: 

Aster Arribas (SNDO) in collaboration with Antje Nestel, for their project “Neurodiversity as relation in arts education”. This research project will explore the potential of the neurodiversity* paradigm as a means to produce inclusive practices within arts education - including through the development of a cross-departmental course for students and teachers.

In 2022-23, the ATD Teacher-Researcher Fellowships was awarded to: 

Carly Everaert (Scenography) for her project “Creating spaces for other(ed) bodies”, to continue and develop her research into theatre design practices through the lens of intersectionality - using a collaborative method to create new course material on performance practices from a Black, trans/queer and disability justice perspective. 

Roos van Berkel (ECD) and Esther Snelder (Mime) for their project "Perceiving Counterforce”:
an interdisciplinary research project between mime and dance that investigates the perception and ambiguity of counterforce through word, image and movement. Through studio-based research and interviews, the duo investigate the performative concept of "counterforce" and develop curriculum by means of an essay/booklet and workshop.

More information?

  • To learn more about the 2022-23 Fellowships, join us for the ATD Researcher Fellowship Sharing and Party on January 29, 5-8pm in Studio 8.09 as part of the Research Month.
  • An online information session will also be held for potential applicants on the 8th of February 2024 from 12:30 – 13:30 hrs. The zoom link for this meeting is:
    Meeting ID: 943 9490 9686
    Passcode: 874723