Introduction

The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship programme aims to support an original research project investigating issues relating to design and architecture in the Greater Pearl River Delta region, and between the region and other parts of the world. Apart from expanding the current body of knowledge in these areas, it is hoped that the findings from the fellowship will also inform future acquisitions and other programmes at M+.

Applicants should engage in advanced historical research on either a single discipline, such as architecture, graphic design, industrial design and urbanism, or cross-disciplinary developments, taking into consideration the region’s cultural, social, economic and political milieus as well as its international and cross-cultural networks. Although post-1949 topics are preferred, exceptional proposals focusing on issues related to the beginning of the twentieth century will also be considered.

The successful applicant will be attached to M+ for three to six months in 2016, conducting independent research, preferably on a full-time basis. The fellow is encouraged to engage in intellectual exchanges with the museum’s curatorial staff and participate in its programmes. While outcomes may vary, the fellowship should at the minimum result in a paper (5,000 words or more) disseminated digitally or in print through M+ and Design Trust’s platforms, as well as a lecture as part of the museum’s public programme.

 

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from individuals of all nationalities whose areas of research are in design, architecture or a related field. However, the provision of the fellowship will ultimately depend on the result of the fellow's ability to obtain a visa for Hong Kong.

Applicants should either hold a post-graduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with minimum 3 years relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.

 

Stipend

The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow will be provided a lump-sum stipend of up to $40,000 HKD (equivalent to around $5,150 USD) per month for three to six months to cover research-related and living costs. (The monthly stipend may be prorated for a part-time fellow, depending on individual circumstances.) An overseas fellow may request a one-time travel subsidy of up to $10,000 HKD (equivalent to around $1,290 USD), covering the transportation to and from the place of origin and Hong Kong.

 

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria are taken into account when assessing each application:

  • Originality in expanding and reinterpreting existing knowledge, or producing new knowledge, of design and architecture in the Greater Pearl River Delta region, within a regional and global context
  • Potential for expanding the understanding and scope of the museum’s current and future collections, programming and curatorial strategies in design and architecture
  • Proven ability of the candidate in undertaking advanced research

 

Review Process

The fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis by a committee comprising representatives from M+ and Design Trust. After the initial screening process, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in person or remotely. 

 

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide:

  • Completed application form
  • Applicant’s full curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honours, awards and publications
  • 2 letters of recommendation (academic or professional), submitted directly from the referees
  • 3-5 pieces of relevant written work, published or unpublished


The deadline for submitting the application is June 30 2015.

Please send all application materials digitally and address enquiries to designfellow@wkcda.hk.

 

Notification

Interviews will be held during summer 2015 and the results will be announced in autumn 2015. Applicants not notified within four weeks from the application deadline may assume their applications unsuccessful.


About M+

A cornerstone of the ambitious West Kowloon Cultural District, M+ is Hong Kong's new museum for visual culture, encompassing 20th and 21st century art, design and architecture, and moving image from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond. From its vantage point in one of the world's most dynamic regions, M+ will document the past, inform the present and contribute to the future of visual culture within an ever more interconnected global landscape. The museum will take a multidisciplinary approach that both challenges and respects existing boundaries, while creating a meeting point for a diversity of perspectives, narratives and audiences. 


About Design Trust

 

Design Trust is a network of individuals passionate about design and its powerful role in societal transformation. The Trust supports creative projects that promote design talent, research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. Across a multiplicity of design disciplines from graphics, media, fashion to the built environment, the Trust aims to actively accelerate the creative design and development of meaningful projects.

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