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The Feilman Foundation First Fleet Restoration PhD Scholarship

The Feilman Foundation First Fleet Restoration PhD Scholarship is open to a PhD applicant wishing to complete their research with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in the restoration of historic keyboards and pianos. The scholarship provides a stipend of $35,000 per annum and a research budget of $15,000 per annum (primarily for travel costs), for up to four years.

Important dates

Opens: 29-10-2018 Closes: 12-12-2018

Applies to

Domestic Postgraduate Research

At a glance

  • This scholarship is open to individuals who are prospective ECU students.
  • Questions about this scholarship can be directed to

The project

Edith Cowan University has become the custodian of internationally-significant collection of historic keyboards from the 18th to 20th centuries. The university has embarked on a major project of research and restoration, including a fundraising campaign under the banner “Founding Pianos.”

The Feilman Foundation First Fleet Restoration PhD Scholarship will be responsible for documenting and researching the restoration process, including extensive engagement with master restorers, technicians, and instrument-builders. The goals of the scholarship are to:

  • Document the restoration and replica processes, according to the priorities of the Founding Pianos project;
  • Travel with the objects to get a firsthand experience of how restorers and piano makers undertake their craft;
  • Capture technical skills at risk of being lost, research lost historical processes, and investigate possible modern technological solutions;
  • Investigation and evaluation of the efficacy of the restoration process as demonstrated in performance and recording (of the candidate and/or others), with consideration of the subtleties of historically-informed performance practices;
  • Contribute to the establishment of a technician’s workshop in WA, and a historic keyboard museum.

This project would require cross-disciplinary enquiry, including (but not limited to) Performing Arts (1904), Historical Studies (2103), and Curatorial and Related Studies (20120)—especially Heritage and Cultural Conservation (210202) and Museum Studies (210204).

Eligibility guidelines

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian citizen;
  • meet the minimum entry requirements for the PhD;
  • not already hold a research doctoral degree;
  • be planning to undertake a research project under ECU's Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2019; and
  • not be in receipt of another major scholarship;

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