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Grants for doctoral research from the Martine Aublet Foundation


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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.

Master’s grants

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).

Practical details

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:

 Martine Aublet Grant Form DOC 2019-2020

Martine Aublet Grant Form MASTER 2019-2020

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: bourses.martineaublet@quaibranly.fr (the different documents should be grouped into a single .pdf file that must not exceed 5MB entitled as follows:


  • 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).

Winners of the 10 Martine Aublet Foundation Master’s grants 2018-2019

Ethnomusicology, EHESS
The reconciliation of collective memories in the light of shared rhapsodic traditions

Mr BLIN Jean-Baptiste
Anthropology, Université Paris-Nanterre
Machi life Rewe life. Network of ritual and daily relations between a shaman and his ritual altar in the Centre-South of Chile

Ethnomusicology, Université Paris-Nanterre
Poets and krar players in the Tigray region (Ethiopia)

Mr FAUCOUNEAU François-Xavier
Anthropology, EHESS
Relations to the environment and ecological lifestyle of the Banabans, an artefact-based approach

Anthropology, EHESS
Traditional healers in eastern Indonesia: curing practices in Samba and Flores

Mr GRA Robin
Anthropology, EHESS, Goethe University Frankfurt - Frankfurt-am Main
Building in Togo, concrete constructions, earth constructions: Transformation of building methods in rural Bassar country

Anthropology, EHESS
The Evenks hunter-herders and plants: study of the human-plant interactions in the post-Soviet context of Siberian nomads

Social Anthropology, EHESS
Ethnography of clothing in a Mixtec community

Ms MESSEANT Charlotte
Ethnomusicology, Université Paris-Nanterre
Slam in Burkina Faso and its “Claqueurs de mots”, an urban performance genre blending written and oral expressions

Ms PICHON Salomé
Archaeology, Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Palaeographic, epigraphical, and historical study of four inscriptions from the
Angkorian period, in Cambodia



Winners of the 12 Martine Aublet Foundation fieldwork grants 2018-2019

Ms BORKA Maddyson
Linguistic Anthropology, LESC – ED 395 Nanterre
Linguistic anthropology of interactions between humans and non-humans among the Aymara (Lake Titicaca)

Mr BRIAND Antoine
Anthropology, Lesc-Cnrs, Université Paris-Nanterre
Un-Identified Dead Bodies. Forms of violence in the funeral treatment of unclaimed dead bodies in Delhi (North India)

Anthropology, EHESS
Contemporary Mongolian ecology. Waste processing and relationship to the land in Mongolia

Anthropology of Music, Université Toulouse 2 Jean Jaurès, LISST-CAS
Huapango jarocho (Tuxtlas region, Mexico): between tradition, heritagisation and reinvention

Anthropologie sociale et culturelle, EPHE
Animism in play. Body techniques and ritual devices among the Tukano peoples (Colombian Amazon)

Geography, Laboratoire AHTTEP, UMR AUSSER, ENSA Paris La Villette, Sorbonne -Paris 1
The history of residential buildings in Beirut: Architecture of the “Modern Movement” and appropriation practices, from 1940 to the modern day

Ms HERRERA Katherine
Archaeology, Laboratoire de Préhistoire et Technologie UMR7055 Université Paris Nanterre
Mobility and social organisation of hunter-gatherer groups in the Atacama Desert, North Chile: the transfer of raw materials and stone objects in the late Pleistocene

Anthropology, IMAF/ EHESS
The urban music scene and the construction of a “New Rwanda” founded on a new “Rwandicity”

Ms PUECH Elysandre
Archaeology, CEPAM, Université de Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice
Analysis of charcoal from the Later Stone Age in Bushman Rock Shelter, Limpopo, South Africa: palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and implication on the behaviour of hunter-gatherers from the late Pleistocene to the early Holocene

Mr TAALBA Alexandre
Aesthetics, Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis
The memory image of oblivion: contemporary Japanese art in an age of fear of the atomic bomb

Social Anthropology, EHESS
Boiling palm oil: people, homes and markets in Central Congo (DRC)

Anthropology, EHESS
Sacred royalty in Nagaland (India). A dynamic approach to ritual mediation in a Baptist context