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Wilson Fellowship for MA History of Photography - call for applications

De Montfort University is pleased to announce the availability of one Wilson Fellowship for its innovative MA course in Photographic History and Practice. The Fellowship offers £5,000 toward the defrayal of tuition and other costs related to the MA and is open to all students from the UK, EU and international. To apply for the Wilson Fellowship, please submit a piece of recent writing on photographic history no longer than 10,000 words, in English, to the Admissions Committee.

For applications to the MA, please contact Student Recruitment at the Faculty of Art and Design at or apply online at

For questions about the MA programme or the Wilson Fellowship please contact Programme Leader, Dr Kelley Wilder at

The MA in Photographic History and Practice is the first course of its kind in the world. It lays the foundations for understanding the scope of photographic history and provides the tools to carry out the independent research in this larger context, working in particular from primary source material. In addition to our collaboration with the Wilson Centre for Photography Studies in London, we work closely with the collections of the National Media Museum, Bradford, the Central Library, Birmingham, the British Library and private collections throughout Britain. Students handle photographic material, learn analogue photographic processes, write history from objects in collections, compare historical photographic movements, and debate the canon of photographic history. They also learn about digital preservation and access issues through practical design projects involving website and database design.

Research Methods are a core component, providing students with essential handling, writing, digitizing and presentation skills needed for MA and research level work.

Further modules will encourage independent thinking in theory and in history writing, introduce students to methodologies commonly encountered in photographic history, and set the students on a course for finding their own MA dissertation topic. Students receive expert advice on the thesis topic of their choosing, which is written in the summer months and submitted in September, one year after the course begins, in the case of full time study, or two years in the case of part-time. For further details on the course and application process, please download a course brochure from the web site:

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Comment by Kelley Wilder on May 20, 2011 at 14:01
I just would like to add that the deadline for the essays for the fellowship will be 1 August. We look forward to hearing from any interested students. Best, Kelley
Comment by Zelda Cheatle on May 10, 2011 at 10:38
What a great opportunity, this sounds like a dream M.A. Lucky student to do this course.

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