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Max Stern McCord Museum Fellowship

Value: up to $20,000 (doctoral level) or up to $15,000 (master’s level)
Duration: 1 September to 30 April
Number of awards available for 2014-15: 1
Application deadline: 20 February 2015 (5:00pm)

2015-16 Fellowships

The McCord Museum and the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) invite applications from meritorious McGill graduate students in the Faculty of Arts whose research directly involves the collections of the McCord Museum and reflects IPLAI’s interest in innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship. Preference will be given to doctoral candidates who will have completed their coursework and comprehensive exams, but master’s students writing theses will also be considered.
The McCord Museum’s collections of 1,440,000 objects, images, and documents are an unparalleled resource for the study of the social history and material culture of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada. Its Ethnology and Archeology, Costume and Textiles, and Notman Photographic Archives collections are widely recognized as leaders in their fields.  As well, the breadth and significance of the Textual Archives, Decorative Arts, and Paintings, Prints, and Drawings collections draw researchers with interests in a wide range of aspects of Canada’s past. For more information on the McCord Museum collections and curatorial staff:

Recipients will be granted privileged access to collections and curatorial expertise.  They will be assigned to a Museum curator, to whom they will submit a brief report at the end of the project.
A contract with the Museum will specify procedures for consultation of collections in storage, and the deposit of all related findings with the institution.
Applicants are strongly advised to speak with the curator(s) responsible for the collection(s) they would like to examine before submitting their applications.  The curators will help determine the feasibility of proposed projects.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • Research proposal identifying the collection(s) to be consulted, the relevance of these collections to the applicant’s research program, and the scholarly value of the proposed project. (max. 2 pages)
  • Copy of the applicants approved thesis research proposal.
  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from a McGill faculty member who can speak directly to the value of the proposed project and the applicant’s capacity to undertake the proposed research.

Application materials should be sent or delivered to the following address on or before the posted deadline (please do not send applications electronically):
Max Stern McCord Museum Fellowship
c/o Dr. Leigh Yetter
Executive Director
Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas
McGill University
3610 McTavish St., 22-6
Montreal, QC H3A 1Y2

To read the profile of past fellows click here.