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).