Project in brief

This AHRC-funded studentship is a collaboration between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton. The project will investigate the history and current state of the prominent holding of Korean craft and design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in Britain. This studentship proposes to unravel the Museum’s Korean collection history from 1919 to 2019, considering it in relation to the institution’s wider collecting practice and Korea’s cultural diplomacy. This research will contribute towards strengthening and displaying a meaningful collection of contemporary Korean craft and design. The successful applicant will benefit from training within the Asian department at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The studentship will ideally begin on 01 October 2019 but there may be scope for the student to start before 01 January 2020.

Key Facts

Location Brighton: City campus, Pavilion Parade; London, V&A Museum.

Themes Korea; craft and design; Victoria and Albert Museum

Research Centre Centre for Design History

Deadline Friday 30 August 2019, 12.00 (midday)

Interviews Week beginning 09 September 2019

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements and should normally have a Masters degree or equivalent professional experience. Familiarity with museums, exhibition design, and archival research is essential. Academic experience in the history of design is desirable. Prior experience in working in museums, exhibitions is preferred.

Residential eligibility criteria

Applicants must be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA). In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship.

Foreign language entry requirements

Good level of Korean language or willingness to learn and improve Korean through intensive course for the first year of the studentship. Ability to read Korean literature is required and good level of oral and written communication in Korean is desirable. Familiarity with contemporary Korean culture is required.

English language entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a Secure English language Test (SELT) in the last two years. Applicants who have obtained or are studying for a UK degree may apply without a SELT. However, the university may request a SELT is taken as part of any award made.

English language IELTS requirements are a minimum of 7.0 overall (7.0 for writing and none below 6.5).

If you have an English language qualification other than IELTS, please contact us to see if you are eligible to apply for a studentship. The UK Home Office will not accept TOEFL tests as proof of meeting the English language requirements.

Informal enquiries can be made, or further details about the research project’s scope discussed, by contacting Dr Yunah Lee ( or Dr Rosalie Kim (

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