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via the MaP Fund. Grants available for attending an advanced practicum in Maritime Archaeology. Candidates from Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are encouraged to apply.

In order to further the objectives of the MaP Fund we are offering two (2) grants (each of up to AU$1,000) for:

one (1) early career researcher (less then 5 years since award of PhD) or early career practitioner (less than 5 years working) who is working as a maritime archaeologist or in a closely related position for a museum, university or government agency in Asia or the Pacific (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand)

AND

one (1) graduate or postgraduate student resident in Asia or the Pacific  region (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand).and who is currently studying either maritime archaeology OR archaeology and who intends to go on to study maritime archaeology.

Applicants living and working in Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand are particularly encouraged to apply

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The grants will enable the successful applicants to attend and participate in the ten-day Advanced Practicum in Maritime Archaeology (ARCH 8156) conducted by Flinders University in Victoria. The grant is expected to cover all of the costs of a return airfare (from your nearest airport to Melbourne and your visa costs, The tuition for the topic will be waived. Food costs, accommodation and on-the-ground transportation costs associated with the practicum will also be covered.

Arrival at Melbourne airport: 25 November

Departure from Melbourne airport: 6 December

ARCH8156 Advance Practicum in Maritime Archaeology

This short course is a practicum which provides participants with opportunities to participate in the workplace environment. Occasionally, maritime archaeology fieldwork opportunities arise in which participants may assist government agencies, consultancy firms, non-profit groups, or other universities. This short course provides participants with the ability to participate in these projects and receive one-on-one guidance and instruction with immediate feedback on their performance.

The body of the short course will comprise a practical in Inverloch, Victoria, to undertake the archaeological excavation of the Amazon ship—wrecked here in 1863. Students will work closely with our Industry Partner Heritage Victoria and the local community. The practicum will be spent in the field to acquire data and devoted to shipwreck excavation, interpretation and reporting as would be expected in a professional environment.

Eligibility criteria are listed below:

Eligibility

The successful applicants must be either :

  • employed in a full time position in a museum, university or government agency in Asia or the Pacific (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand) AND
  • an early career researcher (less then 5 years since award of PhD) OR an early career practitioner (less than 5 years working), who is working as a maritime archaeologist or in a closely related position
  • OR a graduate or postgraduate student who is currently studying either maritime archaeology or archaeology and who intends to go on to study maritime archaeology in Asia or the Pacific (not including the USA, Australia or New Zealand).

The successful applicant must also be a competent English speaker.

Preference may be given to applicants from ASEAN nations.

Requirements

Applicants for the MaP Practicum Grants should provide a brief cv (no more than 2 pages) with a covering letter (no more than 1 page) indicating why they should receive this support. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a strong interest and commitment to maritime archaeology. They should send a video (or a link to a video) of themselves reading their covering letter.

The successful applicant will be expected to write a brief blog (in English) about their experiences for the MaP Facebook page during the practicum.

Background

The MaP Fund is dedicated to the advancement of maritime and underwater archaeology and the protection and investigation of underwater cultural heritage in the Asia and the Pacific region, in particular in Australia and the ASEAN countries.

Three of the objectives of the MaP Fund are:

* to provide grants to support maritime and underwater archaeological research, including survey, excavation, artifact analysis and interpretation, in Australia and the ASEAN nations, in particular in Vietnam and Cambodia.

* provide grants to support training, public lectures, seminars and conferences in maritime and underwater archaeology, in particular Maritime Archaeology lectures held at Flinders University as well as in the ASEAN nations, in particular in Vietnam and Cambodia.

* provide grants to support exchange visits of maritime and underwater archaeologists working in museums, universities and research establishments, in particular between Australia and the ASEAN nations.

See the MaP Fund Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/mapfundsa/

Applications should be sent to: map.fundsa@gmail.com

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