Doctoral and post-doctoral RESEARCH fellowships 2020-2021
The musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac offers every year doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to support Ph.D. candidates and early career scholars in pursuing innovative research projects.
The academic fields concerned are: anthropology, ethnomusicology, art history, history, archaeology (except paleontology), sociology, performance studies.
The research topics concerned are: Western and non-Western arts, material and immaterial heritage, museum institutions and their collections, technology, ritual performance and material culture.
In the examination process, particular attention will be given to the projects which will most likely benefit from the environment of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (collections, archives, library, scientific community)
During the year of their fellowship, the laureates will present a scientific paper intended for later publication at the in-house seminar organized by the museum’s Research and Higher Education Department. Post-doctoral fellows will receive a grant for a one-month fieldwork and will be involved in the organization of a study day related to the theme of the yearly research program. They will be required to deliver a detailed report to the museum’s Research department at the end of their fellowship.
Four doctoral fellowships are offered to support PhD candidates in completing their dissertation; candidates must be at least in the third year (post-fieldwork writing stage) of their doctoral program during the academic year 2020-2021 (in a university in France or abroad). This fellowship scheme is not designed to fund fieldwork or archival research. It specifically concerns doctoral studies on non-European societies.
The doctoral fellowships are limited to a period of 12 months (non-renewable), from September 1st to August 31st of each year. They consist in a monthly allowance which in 2020 will be of 1300 € net and will be awarded after assessment and audition of the shortlisted applicants by the museum’s Scientific Committee.
These auditions will take place at the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac or by videoconference at the end of the June (exact date to be confirmed)
No condition of nationality applies but the candidates must master an academic level of English and French.
Five postdoctoral fellowships are offered to early career scholars to collectively develop a one-year research program on the theme “Circulation of objects and images”. Each of these terms must be understood in its broadest sense to account for all their possible relations: “objects” means all the artefacts gathered in the museum collections, in France and abroad; “images” means any form of visual or sound representation: paintings, graphic art, photographs, movies, sound recordings... The study of their circulation will focus on describing trajectories – contexts of production, starting points, means of transportation, velocities, thresholds of transformation, “check” and “choke” points, returns – which reveal past or present forms of cultural globalization and the universal mission of museums.
The postdoctoral fellowships are limited to a period of 12 months, renewable once, from September 1st to August 31st of each year. They consist in a gross monthly wage of 2 111,09 € in 2020.
They are awarded after assessment of the applications and auditions of a shortlist of ten candidates by the museum’s Scientific Committee. The audition of the shortlisted applicants will take place on June 18th at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac or by videoconference.
Applicants may apply for this scheme for up to 5 years after having been awarded their doctoral degree, that is after the 1st of January 2015. In order to take their fonction at the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, the candidates must submit the certificate of their doctorate, or, where appropriate, their preliminary report of defence. No condition of nationality applies but the candidates must master an academic level of English and French.
Applications procedures: how to register
Application forms can be downloaded from our website http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/scientific-research/activities/scholarships-and-thesis-prizes/research-fellowships/
To be registered, the complete application folder must be sent electronically and by post before Monday, March 30th 2020 at 12 AM:
- electronically to the following address (firstname.lastname@example.org): the different application documents will be combined in a single pdf file which will be under 5 Mo. The application file will be named following this model: SURNAME_DOC_2019.pdf or SURNAME_POSTDOC_2019.pdf
- by post to the following address (mentioning ‘Candidature Bourse doctorale/postdoctorale’ on the envelope), the application form being dated and signed:
Département de la recherche et de l’enseignement
musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
222, rue de l’Université
75343 Paris Cedex 07
The list of all the candidates whose application is eligible will be posted on the museum’s website on the 6th of April 2020. The candidates shortlisted for a post-doctoral fellowship will be contacted beginning of June and interviewed on June 18th.
The list of names of the successful candidates will be posted on the museum’s website during the last week of June 2020.