The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Funding Opportunity: Scholar-in-Residence, Munich

From H-Museum:

Scholar-in-Residence Program of the Deutsches Museum, Munich

The Deutsches Museum, Munich has several attractive scholarships to give out for research projects involving the museum's vast and heterogeneous collections, and lasting either six or twelve month. The scholarship program is international and interdisciplinary in scope.

There are myriad opportunities at the Deutsches Museum for innovative research into scientific processes and the changing cultures of technology: founded in 1903, the museum's holdings comprise some 100,000 objects; an archive of 4,500 shelf meters including an extensive collection of scientific photographs, technical illustrations, company records and private papers; and a specialist research library for the history of science and technology with 875,000 volumes, 5,000 journals, and an extensive collection of rare books. The museum's collections have grown organically in the sense that instruments, manuscripts and books of individual scientists and engineers as well as entire scientific research groups have been absorbed as historical totalities reflecting by-gone experimental life-worlds and cohesive cultures of innovation.
The unique structure of this collection enables scholars to develop cross-referential methods of research on the basis of texts, images and artifacts available on site and to engage in the historical and archeological exploration of science and technology.


Applicants are invited to co-operate with curators and researchers of the
Deutsches Museum in preparing their research proposals. Projects involving
innovative approaches to artifact-oriented research are especially welcomed.

During their stays visiting scholars will have daily contact with curators,
archivists and librarians from within the Deutsches Museum (approx. 50 staff
members) as well as members of the Münchner Zentrum für Wissenschafts- und
Technikgeschichte (Munich Center for the History of Science and Technology;
approx. 50 staff members).

They will have their own workplace with a desktop computer and telephone,
and privileged access to temporary housing in subsidized apartments of the
museum complex. They will present their research projects to colleagues at
the beginning of their stays and are expected to participate in the regular
Monday colloquium series that convenes every two weeks. They may also be
invited to publish their research findings in various publication series of
the Deutsches Museum.

Pre-doctoral stipends in euros comprise: 7,500 (six months) / 15,000 (full
year). Post-doctoral stipends in euros comprise: 15,000 (six
months) / 30,000 (full year). Scholars at any level of seniority are
eligible to apply, provided they have at least one university degree.
There are no restrictions regarding nationality. All scholars are requested
to make their own provisions for health insurance.

Application deadline: September 28, 2007
Candidate selection: October 15, 2007
Scholarship commencement: January 1 and July 1, 2008 respectively

Please send applications, including:
1. the filled-out online application form
(http://www.deutsches-museum.de/en/research/scholar-in-residence/)
2. curriculum vitae
3. project description (3-5 pages)
4. two confidential references (these can be sent directly by the referees)

to the following address:

Andrea Walther
Coordinator of the Research Institute
Deutsches Museum
80306 Munich
tel: 00 49 (0) 89 2179-280
fax: 00 49 (0) 89 2179-239
Email: a.walther@deutsches-museum.de

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