The Feilman Foundation First Fleet Restoration PhD Scholarship is open to applicants at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University (Perth), for research pertaining to the restoration of an historic keyboard collection. The scholarship provides a stipend of $35,000 (AU) per annum and a research budget of $15,000 (AU) per annum for up to four years. Applicants must be Australian citizens, and not already hold a doctoral qualification. Applications close 12 December 2018.
Edith Cowan University has become the custodian of internationally-significant collection of historic keyboards from the 18th to 20th centuries, for which the university has embarked on a major project of research and restoration. The goals of the scholarship include:
· Documenting the restoration and replica processes;
· Travelling with the objects to get a firsthand experience of how restorers and piano makers undertake their craft;
· Capturing technical skills at risk of being lost, researching lost historical processes, and investigating possible modern technological solutions;
· Investigating the efficacy of the restoration as demonstrated in performance and recording, with consideration of historically-informed performance practices;
· Contributing to the establishment of a technician’s workshop and historic keyboard museum.