Research Fellowship Program

About the program

Our Visiting Research Fellowship Program provides a supportive environment for researchers to undertake research related to the museum’s collection, education, conservation and museum practice.

The fellowships enable researchers to access the museum’s resources to support their research for a short period of time. The visit will initiate and develop collaborative research and facilitate interaction with, and training of, Powerhouse staff. Visiting fellows are expected to make a tangible contribution to the museum during the period of their stay.

The fellowships are targeted at established researchers such as university academics and independent scholars including creative research practitioners. Applicants are required to have a PhD, experience working in a research environment (for example, a university, a museum), and a scholarly track record.

The museum is seeking participants with proposals that address the museum’s four strategic ambitions: curiosity, creativity, collaboration & sustainability, in addition to one of the key research areas: agriculture and food; architecture and built environment; Asian arts and culture; biotechnologies; computation and digital technologies; decorative arts and design; energy and climate science; engineering; fashion and dress; First Nations; health, medicine and wellbeing; mathematics and measurement; media and communication technologies; music, sound and performance; physical sciences; product and digital design; social history; space and astronomy; transport; visual communication.

We are particularly interested in supporting projects that are interdisciplinary and address intersections between art and science.

More information on the program is available here.

Application process

Applications are now open and will close on 5pm, 24 November 2022.

To apply, please submit:

  • a 2–3 page CV detailing your education, past research and work history relevant to your application
  • a proposal specifying your project title, why the Powerhouse is suited to your research objectives, the short and long term anticipated outcomes of your project, how you can utilise Powerhouse collections and resources to achieve your research objectives, and what benefits your project will have for the Powerhouse including proposed avenues for sharing your research with Powerhouse staff. The proposal can be up to 1500 words (not including references and bibliography)
  • a preference for dates for the fellowship period (up to 3 months).

For all enquiries and to submit your application, please contact the Research Manager, Dr Deborah Lawler-Dormer,

MAAS research fellow, Anna Madeleine Raupach, Standard stars installation
The Powerhouse research fellow, Anna Madeleine Raupach, Standard stars installation