J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme 2018

Publish Date: Nov 27, 2017

Deadline: Jan 19, 2018

J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Lee Jung Sen’s lifelong promotion and contribution towards Chinese art. Dr. Lee was the founder of Bei Shan Tang Foundation and a distinguished philanthropist in Hong Kong who valued the importance of arts to a society and the need to nurture cultural developments. He was a major benefactor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and supported the building of its Institute of Chinese Studies and the Art Museum. He also supported numerous museums and art institutions in China and abroad, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Shanghai Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oriental Ceramic Society and Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in London.

The Programme

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme supports curators, museum professionals and art history research academics taking part in Chinese art related Fellowships in the Programme Participating Institutions. In order to realize the goal of promoting international cultural and intellectual exchange in the field of Chinese art, the Programme requires the applicant to be based in a museum or an institution in a place outside of his / her habitual residence. Fields of Fellowship supported include Chinese art history, curatorship, archaeology, conservation, museum management and museum education.

Selected Fellows will have the opportunities to work under leading curatorial professionals, and to participate in curatorial work and research for a period of four to twelve months. The Fellowship fund will cover international round-trip airfare, accommodation and living expense during the Fellowship period. However, the Programme does not fund course study and priority will be given to applicants who have limited exchange experiences.

Programme Missions

  • To promote worldwide professional exchange in the museum field and art history study for the development of traditional Chinese art; and
  • To contribute to the personal professional development of curators, museum professionals and academics through research, training and collaborative projects at overseas museums and art institutions.


  • The applicant must hold at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline such as Chinese art history, museum management, archaeology, conservation, museum education, museology and etc.
  • The applicant is required to be proficient in language of the destination country.
  • There are no restrictions regarding the age and nationality of the applicant.
  • The applicant with more experiences will be awarded the "J. S. Lee Memorial Senior Fellow".

Award Scope

  • The Programme provides funds to the Fellow to cover accommodation and living expense during the Fellowship. The expense for visa, round-trip airfare and medical insurance will be disbursed in form of reimbursement.
  • To encourage Western museums in supporting deserving staff in participating in the Programme, selected Fellow's affiliated museum might be granted a salary subsidy to hire temporary staff to take over duties of the selected Fellow. This subsidy grant is subject to the needs on a case by case basis.
  • The Programme does NOT fund course study, dissertation research and the collection of dissertation related materials.

Award Details

  • The Fellowship duration should be ranged between four to twelve months.
  • The Fellow is required to be based in a museum / an institution in the place outside of his / her habitual residence. (Applicants who are now temporarily living abroad can also apply for the Fellowship.)
  • Should the applicant currently temporarily living in a country that is not his / her habitual residence and considering applying for a Fellowship attachment in that country, he / she should provide the Programme Office with a Fellowship proposal and a curriculum vitae as well as background information on his / her nationality, reasons why he / she is temporarily residing in that country, his / her future plans and other relevant information. The Programme Office will have a preliminary evaluation on whether the potential application is supported under the Programme scope.
  • During the Fellowship, the Fellow will have the opportunities to conduct research, participate in activities of the attached museum / institution and exchange with its staff.
  • The Fellow needs to begin his / her project plan within one year after the award has been made. Any changes in the Fellowship project date, duration or contents, differing from the application, must seek the approval of the Programme Committee through a written request. The Programme Committee reserves the final decision in whether to continue the financial support to the changed plan.
  • The Fellow is responsible for ensuring that he / she complies with all the necessary immigration and health requirements of the country he / she intends to go for the Fellowship. The Fellow will need to obtain the visa before any fund is disbursed.
  • The Fellow must submit written reports on the work accomplished within three months after completing the work undertaken during the Fellowship tenure. The Fellow is also requested to share the research results and experiences gained during the Fellowship within two years after completing the project. Such sharing can be in form of publication, work portfolio or speech related to the project carried out during the Fellowship.

Application Procedure

  • Before submitting the application, the applicant should contact the prospective Hosting Institution from the list of Programme Participating Institutions to arrange Fellowship project.
  • The applicant can obtain the contact information of the prospective Hosting Institution by submitting written requests, together with a Fellowship proposal and curriculum vitae, to the Programme Office by email. The Fellowship proposal should include 1) the intended objectives, 2) contents and 3) time allocation of the proposed project as well as 4) demonstrations of how it relates to the applicant's professional goals or research interests.
  • The applicant is encouraged to contact the prospective Hosting Institution at least one month before the application deadline. The Institution might reject the applicant who contacts the Institution too close to the application deadline, or unable to provide the Fellowship proposal and curriculum vitae.
  • The applicant should discuss with the Institution on the Fellowship proposal to match the expectations of both of the parties. The Institution will carefully assess each application, which the Institution might decline the applications it considers not suitable. The Institution has no obligation to indicate the reason why the proposal is declined.
  • An "Application Form" and "Recommendation Forms" from two referees are required for the application. The relevant documents can be downloaded in this page.
  • Confidential recommendations must be sent to the Programme Office directly from the referees. Both hard copies of the completed "Application Form" and "Recommendation Forms" should be submitted by post to the Programme Office no later than the application deadline.

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme
1401C, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Hong Kong

  • All application materials should be completed in English or Chinese. Late, email or fax application submission will NOT be considered.
  • Confirmation e-mail will be sent to acknowledge the receipt of the application.


  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend interviews in May. The Programme Office will ensure the shortlisted candidates receive the interview invitation.

The Award

  • The application result will be announced in June.
  • The Programme Office will notify all the applicants the outcomes of their applications by post.
  • The Programme Committee's decision in granting any award is final. Reasons will not be given for granting an award or not.
  • Enquiries about the application progress and application results will not be entertained in any circumstances.

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