Scholarships for a collections study

Scholarships for a collections study 2015-2016

Call for applications

The Musée du quai Branly has implemented a scholarship program to document its collections. The scholarship’s purpose is the funding of field investigations and/or documentation on the museum’s collections on the arts and civilizations of Africa, Near East, Asia, Oceania and of the Americas.

Five scholarships of up to 6,000 euros are offered for 2015-2016. One of them, the Cercle Lévi-Strauss scholarship, is financed by the Amis du musée du quai Branly; the four others by the department of heritage and collections and by the department of research and education.

The monies are intended to cover the costs of a field investigation and/or of archival work to document the museum’s collections, as well as the analysis and writing required to present the results of the research work. Research may pertain to a single work, a series of objects or images (stamps, photos, etc.) a collection, an archival group (including audio archives) or ancient documents. We encourage applicants to address the themes highlighted by the department of heritage and collections; the following is an indicative, but not restrictive, list:

Africa

  • 1 The African collections from the former Colonial Museum
  • 2 Domestic pottery : identification, classification and use
  • 3 Basket weaving from Central Africa : identification, classification and use
  • 4 Copper alloys adornments from West Africa : identification, classification and use
  • 5 Nomadic material culture from Subsaharian Africa
  • 6 First African collections from the musée de Marine du Louvre
  • 7 Recycled materials in African collections

Asia

  • 8 Meanings and uses of yi manuscripts (China)
  • 9 Paintings from nuo theater (China)
  • 10 Iconography of bastar bronzes (India)
  • 11 Comic maps, time and space representations in the north Asia collections from the quai Branly museum
  • 12 Okamoto Tarô’s works of art in the collections of the quai Branly museum

Americas

  • 13 Study of Amazonian Basketry in the collections prior to 1850
  • 14 Iconographic study of incised headhaches and incised or painted calabashes from Guyanas (requires special expertise in Computer Aided Drawing tools)
  • 15 Study of the historical collections from French Departments in the Americas (Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique) shown in the 1931 Colonial Exhibition: paintings, engravings and photos.

Oceania

  • 16 Pacific Collections of the musée de Marine du Louvre
  • 17 Pacific Artefacts collected by J.S. Dumont D’Urville (possibility to focus on a specific area- except Fiji Islands)
  • 18 Dutch donors of Insular Southeast Asia collections of the musée d’Ethnographie du Trocadéro, from 1879 to 1919
  • 19 Pacific collections gathered by French Prehistorians (Vayson de Pradenne, Louis Vésigné)

Collection Photographies

  • 20 Missionaries photographers  or photography collectors
  • 21 First photography studios in Asia, Indonesia and Pacific : implementation and diffusion
  • 22 Transmission of photographic technologies from Europe towards other continents
  • 23 Diplomacy and photography in the early years of photography

Archives

  • 24 Analysis of the ethnomusicologist Geneviève Dournon’s archival collection, associated to musical instruments collected during missions in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (1960-1990) : archival documents, magnetic tapes, films and photographies

These scholarships will be granted following an international call for applications. Files will be assessed by a scientific committee comprising academics and curators. Students and academics at the M2 (MA) level or higher are eligible, as well as extra-academic scholars.

Applicants must have a recognized expertise in the processing and analyzing of non European collections or significant experience in art history, ethnography or archaeology. People who have already received a doctoral or a post-doctoral fellowship of the museum cannot be candidates for a scholarship for the documentation of collections. The recipients will be affiliated to the museum during their research. They will have access to the media library and the muséothèque and will have the support of the department of heritage and collections and of the department of research and education.

Following the scholarship, within three months, the recipient will be required to present a research paper describing the outcome of his or her work, to be published on the museum’s website (in French or English). In addition, he or she will partner with the curators of the collections pertaining to the research to enrich the documentary databases of the museum.

Requirements for foreign recipients (non UE citizens)

For foreign applicants (non UE citizens) and under some conditions, a scientific visa will allow the applicant to engage in a research activity in France without having to obtain a work permit, provided the researcher has an agreement signed by the hosting institution. This document constitutes the equivalent of an authorization to work in France.

Such hosting agreements with foreign researchers can be signed by the musée du quai Branly, thus allowing them to apply for a scientific visa prior to their arrival in France. However, the applicants should consult the relevant authorities in their country of origin to get information about the necessary steps with regard to their personal situation.

Once equipped with a document signed by the musée du quai Branly, the recipients can then engage in the administrative formalities to obtain the scientific visa and file an application for a visa at the Consulate of France in the country of origin.

Amount and terms of payment of the allowance received by the recipients

  • Ph-D students recipients: 6000 euros net, payable in one instalment, without charge, not subject to tax. The recipient will be required to present a research paper describing the outcome of his or her work, to be published on the museum’s website (in French or English). In addition, he or she will partner with the curators of the collections pertaining to the research to enrich the documentary databases of the museum.
  • Other recipients (excluding Ph-D students): 6000 euros net of allowance payable in three instalments (60% - 30% - 10 %); subject to tax. The first instalment is conditioned by the submission of a report including the research program and the exact definition of the studied corpus. The second one is payable on presentation of a summary report on the research which aim is to enrich the documentary databases of the museum. For the last instalment, the recipient will be required to present a research paper describing the outcome of his or her work, to be published on the museum’s website (in French or English).

Contents of the file

The scholarship application file must contain:

  • the application file, completed and signed (link will be on line shortly)
  • a curriculum vitae, outlining work experience and publications
  • a brief research program (less than 15,000 characters) including a short description of previous research and a research proposal that will specify the subject (corpus, archival group or collection, geocultural area…), the proposed research aims (field work, scientific documentation…), the method and scientific scope of the project.
  • the anticipated calendar of the project and an estimate of expenses.
  • a recommendation letter from a recognized scientific figure. This letter must be addressed to the museum and sent separately.

How to register an application

The application file and recommendation letter must be sent separately1, before Saturday September 12th 2015:

  • electronically to bourses-collections@quaibranly.fr. The different application documents will be combined in a single pdf file. The application file will be named following this model: SURNAME_Boursescoll_2015.pdf
  • and by post to the following address (The reference ‘Candidature Bourse des collections’ must be written on the envelope)

Établissement public du musée du quai Branly
Département du patrimoine et des collections
222 rue de l’Université
75343 Paris cedex 07

The reference ‘Candidature Bourse des collections’ must be written on the envelope.

Announcements of results

The name of the successful candidates will be posted on the museum’s website on mid-December 2015.

(1) For legal and archival reasons, mail transmission is also required in addition to electronic transmission.