RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

In partnership with world-renowned institutions, the Design Trust offers fellowships that allow individuals to develop their emerging careers, build in-depth research, acquire and create innovative work or increase their skills within their related discipline. These include, but are not limited to residency programs, internships, research, writing, collaborative projects, and workshops.

 

 

 

Design Trust / RCA Fellowship in Design Curation 2018

Design Trust / RCA Fellowship in Design Curation 2018

Applications are invited for the Design Trust / RCA Fellowship in Design Curation, extensively supported by Design Trust, this is a one-year opportunity for research, learning and engagement in at Royal College of Art in London.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 2 May 2018.

Based at the Royal College of Art in London, the Fellow will undertake advanced research into the theory and practice of contemporary design curating. Areas of focus might include: strategies for exhibition-making, display, interpretation and collections; design archives; design curating in the public sphere; and design theory and method as curatorial practice; and history and current practice in design curating.

Starting in September 2018, the Fellow will follow a bespoke programme of studies, embedded within the RCA’s vibrant interdisciplinary environment. Extensively supported by Design Trust, the programme of studies is designed to broaden the Fellow’s knowledge and skills in curatorial practice, theory and understanding of design, and will include history, theory and practical seminars, curating workshops, interdisciplinary fora and a curatorial placement with one of the RCA’s external partners. The specific programme will be devised with the Fellow and his/her supervisors, and will take, on average, two to three days a week.

Alongside this programme, the Fellow will devise and develop an original research project related to design in Asia and its global contexts, working alongside emerging and established practitioners and thinkers in design, art, humanities and curating as public practice at the RCA. The project is supported by engagement with subject specialists at the RCA and guided through regular 1:1 tutorials with the project supervisor. Research may explore topics related to the different disciplines of design (such as product design, service design, fashion, transport and the digital), or make an interdisciplinary enquiry into an aspect of design’s social, political or cultural contexts in recent and current practice (including the relationship to contemporary art, architectural practice and/or urbanism). A focus on Hong Kong is preferred but not essential. The research should result in an original curatorial proposal that informs future practice and demonstrates advanced understanding of curatorial contexts and approaches.

In the project, the development of curatorial methods and content will be demonstrated through written and non-written elements (such as digital, photographic, film) and may include, as appropriate, a prototype exhibition at RCA or online curatorial work. In addition, the Fellow will produce a portfolio of writing (10,000 - 15,000 words) which may take the form of several papers or an extended essay/thesis. The Fellow will also prepare a report on their research findings (including work placement activity).

The Fellowship is designed to develop the burgeoning field of design curating in a global context, within broader interdisciplinary practices of curating (such as the growth of new institutions devoted to design, the presence of design in art museums, biennales and cultural festivals and other new platforms for public engagement with design, including urban development and archives).

 

Eligibility

Applications are welcome from individuals based in, or are connected to Hong Kong or the Greater Pearl River Delta region with a background in curating and a research interest in design. The successful applicant must be able to secure a UK visa (Tier 4) in order to take up the Fellowship. Applicants should either hold a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with minimum three years relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.

Support
The Fellowship is established with kind support to the RCA from Design Trust. This covers payment of full fees for the year-long programme, as well as a stipend of £12,000 to the Fellow. Additional support is also available to support the development of research outcomes and projects. This will be allocated after the Fellow’s research plan is developed and agreed with the RCA.


Assessment Criteria

  • Originality of research approach to design and its related subjects (including demonstration of historical and contemporary knowledge).
  • The research’s relevance to Asian design history and contemporary practice.
  • Potential for developing original curatorial strategies in design.
  • Proven ability of the candidate in undertaking advanced research.
  • Potential for long-term contribution to curatorial development in Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta region.


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


How to Apply
Applicants should provide:

  • A cover letter that includes a 1,000-word statement of research interests.
  • A full curriculum vitae covering education, professional experience, honours, awards and publications.
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional), submitted directly from the referees to hod@rca.ac.uk.
  • Three pieces of relevant written work, published or unpublished, of which at least two are in English.
  • Evidence of applicant meeting the UK Home Office Tier 4 Visa language qualifications.

Completed applications should be emailed to hod@rca.ac.uk.

 

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 2 May 2018.

The Royal College of Art is the world’s leading university of art and design, placing at Number One in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 QS World University Rankings. Specialising in teaching and research, the RCA offers the degrees of MA, MPhil, MRes and PhD across the arts and humanities, architecture, design and communications. The RCA community includes more than 1500 Master’s and doctoral students and more than 1000 professionals interacting with them – including scholars, art and design practitioners, along with specialists, advisers and distinguished visitors. www.rca.ac.uk

Design Trust was established in 2014 by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity in Hong Kong since 2007, as a grant funding platform. Design Trust supports creative projects that develop expertise, build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. Working across a multiplicity of design disciplines from graphics, media, architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design and development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design. www.designtrust.hk 

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2018

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2018

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 20th century will also be considered.

The successful applicant will be attached to M+ for three to six months in 2018, 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 three years relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.

 

Stipend

The selected fellow will be provided a lump-sum stipend of up to HK$40,000 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 HK$10,000, covering the cost of transportation to and from 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 in-person or remote interview.

 

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide:

A completed application form
A full curriculum vitae covering education, professional experience, honours, awards, and publications
Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional), submitted directly from the references
Three to five pieces of relevant written work, published or unpublished
The deadline for submitting the application is 24 July 2017.

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

 

Notification

Interviews will be held during summer 2017. The results will be announced in autumn 2017. 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 twentieth and twenty-first 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+ documents the past, informs the present, and contributes to the future of visual culture within an even more interconnected global landscape. The museum takes an interdisciplinary approach that both challenges and respects existing boundaries, while creating a meeting point for a multiplicity of perspectives, narratives, and audiences.

www.westkowloon.hk/en/mplus