Call for applications 2019-2020 academic year
Since 2011, the Martine Aublet Foundation, under the umbrella of the Fondation de France, has been working closely with the Department of Research and Education which, within the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, aims to strengthen ties between heritage and the academic world, between the field of art and that of science through an inter-disciplinary approach. For almost 10 years, over one hundred students have received this research aid.
Doctoral research grants
The Foundation has created doctoral research grants of €15,000 to finance students’ field research in first and second year of their doctoral studies. These non-renewable grants are awarded for 12 months from 1 October to 30 September.
The research must concentrate on the four main non-European cultural regions; Africa, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. The disciplines concerned cover a large spectrum: anthropology, ethnomusicology, art history, history, archaeology, political sociology, and linguistics.
The research methodology must be qualitative and based on ethnographic participant observation, archive research, and historographic documentation (collections included), participation in archaeological digs (and post-digs) thematic and structured interviews.
The Foundation also created two awards to help with publication in 2017 (called ‘thesis awards’) for the sum of €5,000 to reward candidates that have defended their thesis and whose projects stand out for its scientific interest, original aspect and ability to interest a broad audience.
The Foundation has also created Master’s grants of €2,000 in 2017 in order to provide more comprehensive support for students throughout their studies. These grants are allocated in the form of a cheque paid in two instalments.
The research project undertaken by the Master’s student must contribute to enriching knowledge of the non-European collections of French museums (same cultural regions and same methodology as the doctoral research grants).
In order to promote the influence and scientific legitimacy of the Foundation’s grants, the application assessment system is made up of two bodies: the first is composed of a Committee of Rapporteurs formed of 14 academics who are tasked with preparing a short report on each application and establishing a ranking of applications. This ranking is then passed on to the Scientific Committee formed of the Board of Directors of the Foundation, including the Chairman, the President of the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, and four university professors (Dominique Michelet, Thomas Fillitz, Pierre-Yves Manguin & Carlo Severi). This body decides on the final selection of winners.
These grants are open to all students, with no conditions regarding nationality, registered for the year of their application with a French higher education establishment or as part of a joint thesis supervision programme with a foreign university. The thesis may be written in French or English. The winners receive their grant from the Foundation in the form of two annual instalments. They shall be required to submit to the Foundation a short report (financial and scientific) at the mid-point of their research, and a full report following completion thereof.
Applications for doctoral research and Master’s grants must be completed using the form available to download, within the time frame of the call for applications, on the website of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac:
The doctoral research grant application must be accompanied by a letter from the thesis supervisor setting out testifying to the quality of the subject presented.
The Master’s grant application must be accompanied by a letter from the Master’s programme director confirming the student’s registration for the Master’s course and their academic qualities.
To be accepted, the completed form must be sent as a duplicate (for legal and archiving reasons) before midnight 11 June 2019:
- by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org (the different documents should be grouped into a single .pdf file that must not exceed 5MB entitled as follows:
APPLICANTNAME_bourseFMA_DOC_2019.pdf or APPLICANTNAME_bourseFMA_MASTER_2019.pdf)
- by post (with the reference ‘Candidature Bourses Fondation Martine Aublet’ on the envelope) with the completed application form, dated and signed, to the following address:
Fondation Martine Aublet
Département de la Recherche et de l’Enseignement
Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac
222 rue de l’Université
75343 Paris Cedex 07
Any incomplete submissions shall not be considered.
Students intending to register for their first PhD year (or first year of Master’s) for the 2019/2020 academic year must include an attestation from their future thesis (or Master’s) supervisor confirming their registration with their application. They must provide a copy of their student card in September 2019.
The list of accepted applications shall be published on the website of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in the first week of July 2019.
The list of successful applicants shall be published on the website of the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and released on 10 October 2019. The grant awards ceremony shall take place on the afternoon of Monday 21 October 2019 at the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac (grant students are required to attend).