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 2019

M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2019

M+ and Design Trust are pleased to announce that the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2019 has expanded to award two separate fellowships. One fellowship will support a research project focused on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region in an Asian or global context, and the second fellowship will support a research project related to Asia more broadly, closely in line with the curatorial position of the Hong Kong–based institution M+.
Applicants should engage in advanced research on historical or contemporary topics relating to either a single discipline (such as architecture, graphic design, industrial design, or urbanism) or cross-disciplinary developments, taking into consideration cultural, social, economic, and political milieus as well as international and cross-cultural networks.

The successful applicants will be attached to M+ for three to six months in 2019, conducting independent research, preferably on a full-time basis. Fellows are encouraged to engage with the museum’s curatorial staff and participate in M+ programmes. The fellowship should result in 1) a paper (5,000 words or more) to be disseminated digitally or in print by M+ and Design Trust, or an equivalent outcome in an alternative format; and 2) a lecture as part of the museum’s public programmes.

Eligibility
Applications are welcome from individuals of all nationalities whose areas of research are in design, architecture, or a related field. The provision of the fellowship, however, depends on whether the fellow can obtain a visa for Hong Kong.
Applicants should either hold a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with a minimum of three years of relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.

Stipend
The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow will receive a lump-sum stipend of up to 40,000 Hong Kong dollars per month for three to six months (determined on a case-by-case basis) to cover living, insurance, and research-related costs. An overseas fellow may request a one-time travel subsidy of up to 10,000 Hong Kong dollars, covering transportation between the place of origin and Hong Kong.

Assessment Criteria
The following criteria are taken into account when assessing each application:
• Original proposal that expands and reinterprets existing knowledge, or produces new knowledge, of design and architecture in, or with an impact on, Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta region and/or Asia, 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 to undertake 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 referees

The deadline for submitting the application is 13 August 2018.
Please send all application materials digitally and address enquiries to designfellow@mplus.org.hk.

Notification
Interviews will be held during summer 2018. The results will be announced in autumn 2018. Applicants not notified within four weeks from the application deadline may assume that their applications were not successful.

About M+
M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.

About Design Trust
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 and 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, and architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design, and the development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.