The Independent School for the City is open to all people who deal with the city - not only those with a background in architecture and planning but also history, sociology, art, psychology, film, or other urban studies - the more diverse the backgrounds of the participants, the more interesting things will get!
We offer a full, one-year programme for those who want to go all the way and a compact three-month programme for everyone who has less time to spend.
A high proficiency of English is essential, as well as experience in your field and an involvement with the urban topics. The assessment of your application will be based predominantly on how you demonstrate these aspects.
To be eligible for the programme, you preferably hold a Master’s degree in a relevant field such as Architecture, Design, Planning, Sociology, History etc. Alternatively, we might accept you if you hold a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, or have demonstrable relevant experience and/or intellectual credentials.
In order to make an application for the 2019/2020 full programme or compact programme (both starting in September 2019), we kindly ask you to register your personal details and submit a testimonial video (max 3 minutes) introducing yourself, the reason why you want to participate, and the individual topic you want to develop as part of the programme. Here you can also upload your CV and examples of your previous work (max 4 pages). The application deadline is 31 May 2019 (EXTENDED!). Selection will be based on the provided documents and your testimonial in addition to which we will take into account the professional and cultural diversity of the group we want to form. You will receive a confirmation of acceptance before 10 May.
The participation fee for the full programme is €10,000 (no VAT payable).The participation fee for the compact programme is €4,000 (no VAT payable).
Travelling expenses, accommodation, costs for VISA applications, living expenses, etc. are not included. The participation fee can be paid in instalments. The Independent School can assist in finding fellowships or other forms of subsidies and sponsoring for those who are qualified to participate in the full programme. In case you are interested, please give a clear argumentation why you want to apply for funding, as part of your application.
If you want to participate in the full programme we kindly ask you to make sure that you have the right to study in the EU (if you are not an EU national, you might need to acquire an appropriate VISA). Due to its unaccredited status, the school is unable to arrange VISA’s for non EU Nationals, but if you graduated at one of the 200 top universities worldwide you are eligible for a visa. More information about a VISA application to the Netherlands can be found on the website of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service.
Alternatively, you might want to apply for the compact program, which is organized in such a way that it fits within the 90 days of a tourist visa to the Netherlands.
Part 1: Personal DetailsPlease fill in your personal details such as name, surname, date of birth, home address, email address, phone number etc.
Part 2: Testimonial VideoWe ask all applicants to submit a motivational video of 2-3 minutes. In this video you can introduce yourself and explain why you want to take part in our programme, show examples of your work or talk about the urban topic which intrigues you and which you want to pursue as individual project during the programme. All formats are allowed; from recordings with your webcam or phone to professional productions. What counts is that we understand what makes you tick. You can upload your video on vimeo and protect it with a password.
Part 3: CVPlease upload your up-to-date CV, including your educational and professional background, information on schools you have attended, qualifications awarded, working history, job titles, names of companies you have worked for and when, and any comments or information you want to share with us. Also make sure the document contains a clear picture of yourself (PDF, max 3 pages).
Part 4: Examples of Previous WorkHere you can upload examples of previous work, showcasing e.g. your previous research, drawings, films, essays, photographs etc. according your expertise and activities. (PDF, max 4 pages).
The application deadline is 31 May 2019, (23:59 CET). Applicants will receive a letter confirming the outcome of their application by email before 10 June.
The Independent School can assist in finding fellowships or other forms of subsidies and sponsoring for those who are qualified to participate in the full programme. In case you are interested to use this possibility, please give a clear argumentation why you want to apply for funding, as part of your application.
In case you have any question please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org