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.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Award: PhD thesis award 2009 Musée du quai Branly

Something for recent PhDs...

Ph.D. thesis award 2009

Musée du quai Branly

The musée du quai Branly's  Department of Research and Higher Education wishes to encourage and support multidisciplinary research in the academic field of anthropology, ethnomusicology, art history, history, archaeology, sociology and performance studies. The research topics concerned are:
Western and non-Western arts, material and immaterial heritage, museum institutions and their collections, technology and material culture.

To this end, a thesis award, amounting to a total of 7000 Euros, is granted each year to distinguish an outstanding doctoral thesis.

Theses in French and English can be submitted; they must have been defended between October 1st 2007 and December 31st 2008 in a European university.
The subject of the thesis must be relevant to the fields of interest defined above.

The winner will be selected by the scientific assessment committee of the musée du quai Branly.


Applications must be presented by the thesis supervisor or by a recognized member of the scientific community.

The application must include the following documents:

- report on the defense or viva

- copy of the diploma awarded by the university

- summary of the thesis (10 pages maximum)

- CV and list of publications

- letter from the Ph. D. supervisor outlining reasons for distinguishing the thesis.

- letter of recommendation by a member of the scientific community other than the thesis supervisor

- copy of the thesis manuscript on a Cd-Rom (PDF file)

- application form to be downloaded at the following address :

Deadline for application : May 15th 2009 (post office stamp as proof).

Please send your application to: Musée du quai Branly, Département de la recherche et de l'enseignement 222, rue de l'université, 75343 Paris cedex

The file may also be deposited to the musée du quai Branly's reception desk at 222, rue de l'université during museum opening hours.

Dr. Laurent Berger
Research Supervisor
Research and Teaching Department

Phone number: 0033 1 56 61 53 85

* Musée du Quai Branly
     222 rue de l'Université
     75343 Paris Cedex 07

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