The Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research (MAIPR) is a 16-month programme aimed at students with a particular interest and/or background in the performing arts, therefore those who may wish to pursue a career in or add value to already existing skills in aspects of arts practice or pursue an academic career through advanced study, perhaps leading to a Ph.D.
The ideal candidate has a strong academic background and also experience with creative practice in theatre and/or performance. You may be in your final year of an undergraduate degree or have been working in a performance-related profession or area. The current MAIPR intakes are truly international, made up of students from all continents (except Antartica!) We have students who have entered straight after finishing their undergraduate degrees in performance-related disciplines and others who have worked as directors, choreographers, curators, dancers and actors. You should bear in mind, however, that MAIPR is not a practical training programme. What it will do is help you develop and enhance your theoretical knowledge about performance-related issues, and it will certainly add value to your already existing skills base.
Funded by the European Commission, the MAIPR from autumn 2011 will be offered by four internationally renowned academic institutions: the University of Warwick in the UK; the Universiteit van Amsterdam (the University of Amsterdam) in The Netherlands; the Univerzitet Umetnosti u Beogradu (University of Arts Belgrade) in Serbia; and the Helsingin Yliopisto (the University of Helsinki) in Finland.
Category A scholarships (€34,000) are aimed at covering all the costs of the programme, therefore fees, travel and living expenses over 16 months. For 2012-13, we will be awarding the following number of scholarships:
- 7 scholarships for eligible third-country applicants (therefore those whose nationality and place of abode are outside of the EU/EEA/EFTA area).
- 3 additional scholarships may become available to applicants from the following three areas: West Balkans and Turkey (1 scholarship); Tunisia and Egypt (1 scholarship); Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine (1 scholarship). The MAIPR Consortium, however, is not yet in a position to confirm if we are getting these scholarships; further advice will be uploaded in due course.
Applicants must have lived, studied and/or worked for LESS THAN a cumulative period of 12 months within the EU/EEA/EFTA area as at 31 January 2012. After the € 12 000 programme fee has been deducted from the EM scholarship, you will receive € 24 000. This amount is made up as follows:
- € 8 000 travel and installation allowance
- € 16 000 monthly stipend
The above will usually be paid in 16 x monthly instalments of € 1 500. The first payment will be made shortly after arrival at your home university.
Category B scholarships (€17,000) are considered as financial contributions rather than full scholarships. For 2012-13 we will be awarding the following number of scholarships: 5 scholarships for eligible EU/EEA/EFTA applicants, also third-country applicants who have lived, studied and/or worked for MORE THAN a cumulative period of 12 months within the EU/EEA/EFTA area as at 31 January 2012. After the programme fee has been deducted from the EM scholarship, an EU student will receive € 8 000 living allowance a €3 000 travel and installation allowance. This will be paid at a rate of €687.50.
EM scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis. It is therefore important that your MAIPR application is as strong as possible as competition for the scholarships is very strong. You should also bear in mind that you may be accepted onto the MAIPR programme but not be awarded a scholarship. Remember: if your application for the 2012-13 MAIPR is received after the 3rd-January 2012 deadline or it is incomplete on that date, unfortunately we cannot enter you into the EM scholarship competition.
Students with a particular interest and/or background in the performing arts, therefore those who may wish to pursue a career in or add value to already existing skills in aspects of arts practice or pursue an academic career through advanced study, perhaps leading to a Ph.D. You need to demonstrate that you have good enough English to study. This is usually done by taking one of the University of Warwick`s accepted language tests, as follows: IELTS (British Council International Testing System) Passing score of at least 7; or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Passing score of at least 620 (paper based) or 260 (computer based) or 105 (internet-based iBT)
How to apply?
The best way to apply is online via the University of Warwick, the coordinating institution for the Consortium. Please click-on the following link on-line application form (you need to register first) to access the online portal. To register your application and gain access to the form, you should enter a valid email and an easily remembered password. Make sure that you choose the correct course code: P-W4PA.
If you are unable to apply on-line, you can send in a paper application. You need to request the application form from the University of Warwick`s Student Recruitment department, via [email protected] . If you choose this option, it is your responsibility to make sure that the completed application form and all the required support documents are sent to Postgraduate Admissions in enough time to arrive by the relevant MAIPR deadline. You must also include the application fee (Warwick`s Postgraduate Admissions levy a non-refundable application handling fee for all taught postgraduate courses, including the MAIPR. For an online application it is £35; for a paper application it is £60). To find out more about how to apply, please click here.
You need to back-up your application with supporting documentation. The best way to supply this quickly is by using the supporting document upload facility. You will be given directions by email on how to do this once you have submitted and paid for your application. To be entered into the 2012-13 Erasmus Mundus scholarship competitions, ALL of your support documentation, including both references, must have been received on or by 3rd January 2012. If your application is incomplete on that date, regretably we will be unable to put you into the EM scholarship competition. You must therefore contact both your referees in enough time to allow them to prepare their references so they can be received by the deadline. You should also allow plenty of time to obtain your transcripts and/or degree certificates, especially if you need to get them translated into English by an official translation service. The documents that need to be submitted can be found below:
- An `Academic interests and purpose of study` (otherwise known as a Statement of Intent)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Certified and, if necessary, translated degree transcripts and explanation of grading system
- English Language Test Results
- Photocopy of passport
- In addition, and only if relevant, a statement about any exceptional circumstances that may/will affect your participation on the MAIPR
To find out more about the documents, please click here. If you are offered a place on the MAIPR programme, it will be conditional until you send the originals of all your support documentation to the address below.
Postgraduate Team 6
The Postgraduate Admissions Team
Student Admissions and Recruitment Office
The University of Warwick
General information can be given by Lindzey Mullard, email: [email protected].