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 fellowships can support research across subjects, disciplines, geographies, and periods, preferences will be given to research in design and architectural developments arising from recent social or political urgencies and crises.
Applicants should engage in advanced research on historical or contemporary topics relating to 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 milieu as well as its international and cross-cultural networks. While topics focusing on the second half of the twentieth century are preferred, exceptional proposals focusing on issues related to the beginning of the twentieth century could be considered.
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.
The deadline for submitting the application is 16 August 2020, 24:00 Hong Kong time (GMT+8). For details on eligibility, assessment criteria and review process, please click here.