True to its own principles, MERIAN takes application and selection as a collaborative effort. A search for substantial fit between candidate and MERIAN, but also an exploration of a viable context in which the MERIAN candidate can pursue the PhD in Maastricht style artistic research. MERIAN sees this search as a search for correspondence (cf. Ingold) and takes this literally by initiating a correspondence with potential candidates.
MERIAN engages PhD candidates from both academic and artistic backgrounds in Maastricht-style artistic research. This specific approach to artistic research entails fundamental collaboration between academia and art, organized around societal issues with a focus on novel research methods informed by anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, as well as current artistic practices. The focus of existing PhD programs in the Netherlands is on research into and from individual artistic practices. Instead, the Maastricht initiative, issue-driven, practice based and emphasizing collaboration, provides a unique and relevant supplement.