Wilson Bequest Bursary 2017
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is calling for applications for the 2017 Wilson Bequest Bursary, from researchers interested in studying TMAG’s collections.
The bursary is named in recognition of the late Jayne Wilson, who was an active member of the Hobart business community and who, in retirement, developed a keen interest in Tasmanian flora and fauna as a result of her research into the life of renowned Tasmanian botanist, Dr Winifred Curtis.
The Wilson Bequest was generously granted to TMAG in 2016, with a portion allocated to bursaries to assist with studies of interest to the museum.
The inaugural recipient of the bursary in 2016 was Dr Patrick Bender, who is using the TMAG geology collection as the basis of an important study on the Permo-Triassic era.
Patrick is painstakingly reviewing, curating and compiling an inventory of the important vertebrate fossils, including mammal-like reptiles, reptiles, amphibians and fish, held in the museum’s comprehensive collections from this period. He also intends to add to the collection by conducting field work in other fossiliferous sites in Tasmania.
“This project is globally significant because it will provide more information about the mass extinction of flora and fauna that occurred some 245 million years ago,” Patrick says.
Patrick also plans to use the knowledge and specimens gained from this study in the development of a future exhibition at TMAG, on this pre-dinosaur and pre-mammalian time in Tasmania’s history.
In 2017, the bursary for up to $5,000 is aimed at graduate-level or above research associated with TMAG’s collections. There will be one successful applicant per year.
The funds can contribute towards airfares, accommodation, a subsistence allowance or other expenses.
Who can apply?
- An established researcher who brings their specialist knowledge to the TMAG collection.
- An early career researcher who will work with TMAG specialist professional staff on some aspect of the collection.
- TMAG staff, in order to travel and/or gain knowledge and skills that will add value to the TMAG collections.
The proposed project
- Must relate specifically to the TMAG collections, including the Natural Sciences, Art or Indigenous and Cultural Heritage.
- Add value to the collection. For example, it could lead to a particular subset of collections/specimens being identified, curated and made accessible.
- Result in a publication, a lecture, an exhibition, workshop, online product, catalogue or other tangible product to communicate the research.
Information for applicants
- Submit a short outline (no more than two A4 pages) of the project, proposed time-frame and the resulting product.
- Identify a relevant supervisor or TMAG staff member with whom the project has been discussed and who will support the work.
- Submit a curriculum vitae.
- Demonstrate a record of completion of projects within specified time frames.
- Submit a budget showing how the grant is to be allocated.
The recipient will be required to submit a report to the TMAG Trustees within three months of completion of their tenure, outlining achievements, expenses, and date of outcome delivery. All outcomes of the program will acknowledge the support of the estate of Jayne Wilson.
The selection process
Applications are to be made in writing, addressed to the Director, TMAG, and are due by 5:00 pm on 20 October 2017.
A selection panel will be chaired by the Director of TMAG and two other members selected at the discretion of the Director.
The successful applicant will be advised by late November 2017.
For enquiries to specific areas please mark attention as follows: Ian Terry (Cultural Heritage, Indigenous), Jane Stewart (Art and Decorative Arts), and Dr Gintaras Kantvilas (natural sciences).
Please email applications and enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 6165 7001.