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Selection criteria

The applications for the Research Residency will be considered based on the following criteria:

Applicants are encouraged to submit a critical and forward-thinking research proposal that engages with the politics of design in music video and television. The proposal may incorporate a larger system of references, schools of critical thought and trans-disciplinary practices. Applicants are invited - but are not limited - to approach the themes through the lens of media archaeology and platform studies, intersectional practices, post-colonial studies, gender studies, design research, media studies, architecture or artistic research.

Selected applicants are invited to publish the outcomes of their research in the form of a video essay and a written contribution to contextualise the work, to be published under an open licence on the websites of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision, as a research document that can circulate online. 

About the Research Residencies

The Research Residencies are four-month positions based at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum, the Netherlands from December 2020  - March 2021. They include a total stipend of 6,000 EUR.

Stipends may be subject to a withholding tax. Researchers are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. They must be able to attend regular meetings in Hilversum and Rotterdam, or remotely. The terms of the Research Residencies will be agreed on an individual basis with respect to the research subject, location and residence eligibility.

The Research Residencies will be developed through independent research; individual support and interaction with the teams of Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision; monthly meetings with all researchers to discuss thematic and methodological aspects of research. Depending on the Dutch government’s regulations and restrictions associated with the response to the Covid-19, these meetings will take place remotely, through video calls. 

The researchers are invited to organise a public presentation in March 2021 related to their individual projects, as part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s and Sound and Vision’s public programme.

The research outcomes of each researcher will also be disseminated via Sound and Vision’s and Het Nieuwe Instituut’s website, newsletter or publications. Researchers have access to the facilities of Sound and Vision and Het Nieuwe Instituut, including the library, archives, exhibitions, workspaces and presentation rooms, following the Dutch government’s regulations and restrictions associated with the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


Applications are open from October 6 to November 16, 2020.

A selection committee composed of Guus Beumer (General and Artistic Director, Het Nieuwe Instituut), Liselotte Doeswijk (Television and Design Historian), Jason King (Associate Professor, Director of Global Studies, and Director of Writing, History & Emergent Media Studies at the King New York University's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music), Johan Oomen (Manager Knowledge and Innovation, Sound and Vision), Eliza Steinbock (Assistant Professor in Cultural Analysis at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society), Katía Truijen (Senior Researcher, Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Jesse de Vos (Research and New Media, Beeld en Geluid), will select the two researchers in residence.

Submission requirements and deadline

Applications should be written in English or Dutch and submitted, by attachment, in a single PDF file of maximum 10MB, consisting of maximum 3 A4 sheets, and should include a link to a video connected to the research. The file should be titled with the name of the applicant and the research proposal, in the following format: SURNAME_NAME_PROJECTNAME.pdf

Proposals should include: 

  • A research proposal, describing the relevance of the project and its connection to the aims of the call, including a text of max. 500 words, max. 8 images and a link to a video file (weight 35%);
  • A calendar and a working methodology, including the steps to be taken, which collections are used, and what earlier work will be built upon, in max. 300 words (weight 30%);
  • A self-introduction of max. 150 words in which applicants articulate the relation between the research areas and their personal motivation (weight 25%);
  • Ideas in relation to the final outcome in the format of a video essay, max. 100 words (weight 10%)

The Research Residencies are open to all degree levels in all disciplines. Equal priority will be given to those without a degree or institutional affiliation who can also demonstrate a high level of creativity, critical thought and other potentials in their respective fields. Neither a curriculum vitae nor letters of recommendation are requested. There is no age limit for applicants.

Applications must be sent by 16 November 2020 to

Questions can be directed by October 16 to Delany Boutkan, via


Developments around Covid-19 and/or the restrictions imposed by governments will be taken into account. This may mean that the residency will take place remotely, through online communication and digital interaction with the collection of Sound and Vision. It may be impossible for the research residency to take place during the period mentioned above, for instance because of travel restrictions from/to the country of residence, or the impossibility of carrying out the proposal. In case the timeline is not feasible, the residency may be postponed or the proposal may need to be adapted to the current conditions.


  • Opening of the call for researchers applications: 6 October
  • Deadline for questions related to applications: 16 October
  • Response to questions: 23 October
  • Final deadline for applications: 16 November
  • Selection commission: 27/30 November 
  • Public announcement of the selected projects: 1 December

Open Archief

Next to For the Record, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Sound and Vision, together with the International Institute for Social History, are launching the open call Open Archief for three six-month positions to create a new audio-visual work based on the open collections of the three institutions. More information about the project here.

About Het Nieuwe Instituut

Since its foundation in 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has instigated research in architecture, design and digital culture, fostering programmes, exhibitions, lectures, archival investigations and publications in the Netherlands and internationally.

Marina Otero Verzier, Director of Research, Katía Truijen, Senior Researcher and Delany Boutkan, Researcher
Koos Breen and Jeannette Slütter
Koos Breen
Tanja Busking
Shay Kreuger