M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2021

28. 5. 2020

Now in its seventh year, the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2021 will support two separate fellowship projects. The first fellowship will support a Hong Kong–based researcher engaged in investigating topics related to design and/or architectural developments in Hong Kong and its vicinity. The second fellowship will support a researcher engaged in investigating topics related to design and/or architectural developments in a particular geography in Asia, or across the continent. While the fellowship can support research across subjects, disciplines, geographies, and periods, preference will be given to research in design and architectural developments arising from the recent social or political urgencies and crises. 

The successful applicants will be attached to M+ for three to six months in 2021, 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.


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.


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.


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 Bay Area 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 (The application form can be downloaded here)

-  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 16 August 2020, midnight Hong Kong time (GMT+8).

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


Interviews will be held during the weeks commencing 7 and 14 September 2020. Results will be announced in autumn 2020. 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 the West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest and most ambitious cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong on forty hectares of reclaimed land located alongside Victoria Harbour. With a varied mix of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, providing twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.

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 Bay Area. 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.