M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship in Hong Kong

M+ and Design Trust are pleased to announce that the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellowship 2019 has expanded to award two separate fellowships. One fellowship will support a research project focused on Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta region in an Asian or global context, and the second fellowship will support a research project related to Asia more broadly, closely in line with the curatorial position of the Hong Kong–based institution M+.

Applicants should engage in advanced research on historical or contemporary topics relating to either a single discipline (such as architecture, graphic design, industrial design, or urbanism) or cross-disciplinary developments, taking into consideration cultural, social, economic, and political milieus as well as international and cross-cultural networks.

The successful applicants will be attached to M+ for three to six months in 2019, conducting independent research, preferably on a full-time basis. Fellows are encouraged to engage with the museum’s curatorial staff and participate in M+ programmes. The fellowship should result in 1) a paper (5,000 words or more) to be disseminated digitally or in print by M+ and Design Trust, or an equivalent outcome in an alternative format; and 2) a lecture as part of the museum’s public programmes.


Applications are welcome from individuals of all nationalities whose areas of research are in design, architecture, or a related field. The provision of the fellowship, however, depends on whether the fellow can obtain a visa for Hong Kong.

Applicants should either hold a postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline or an undergraduate degree with a minimum of three years of relevant professional work or academic research experience. Proficiency in spoken and written English is also required.


The M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow will receive a lump-sum stipend of up to 40,000 Hong Kong dollars per month for three to six months (determined on a case-by-case basis) to cover living, insurance, and research-related costs. An overseas fellow may request a one-time travel subsidy of up to 10,000 Hong Kong dollars, covering transportation between the place of origin and Hong Kong.

Assessment Criteria

The following criteria are taken into account when assessing each application:

  • Original proposal that expands and reinterprets existing knowledge, or produces new knowledge, of design and architecture in, or with an impact on, Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta region and/or Asia, within a regional and global context
  • Potential for expanding the understanding and scope of the museum’s current and future collections, programming, and curatorial strategies in design and architecture
  • Proven ability of the candidate to undertake advanced research

Review Process

The fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis by a committee comprising representatives from M+ and Design Trust. After the initial screening process, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an in-person or remote interview. 

How to Apply

Applicants are required to provide:

  • A completed application form
  • A full curriculum vitae covering education, professional experience, honours, awards, and publications
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional), submitted directly from the referees

The deadline for submitting the application is 13 August 2018.

Please send all application materials digitally and address enquiries to designfellow@mplus.org.hk.


Interviews will be held during summer 2018. The results will be announced in autumn 2018. Applicants not notified within four weeks from the application deadline may assume that their applications were not successful.

Application date
13 Aug 2018
3-6 months
Asia Hong Kong
Humanities Art & Art History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
HK$ 40.000/month + travel subsidy