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Stiftung Ernst Waldschmidt Berlin

The Stiftung Ernst Waldschmidt (Ernst Waldschmidt Foundation) was founded in 1968 by Ernst Waldschmidt (1897–1985). The foundation is registered in accordance with Berlin state law, and is based in Berlin.

The chair of the board is the President of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, who also oversees the management of the foundation.

The foundation supports research on Indian culture in Germany. This support takes the form of financing selected monographs, awarding the Ernst Waldschmidt Prize, or providing grants for projects in the field of Indian studies.

Foundation Mission

The foundation’s mission is to promote research into Indian culture in Germany through exhibiting objects of Indian art and awarding grants, particularly for research carried out at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preussischer Kulturbesitz (previously the Museum für Indische Kunst). All research outcomes are published as quickly as possible, in accordance with § 2, para. 2 of the foundation’s constitution.

The foundation provides support for the following activities:

  1. awarding the Ernst Waldschmidt Prize,
  2. financing the publication of selected monographs on Indian archaeology, art and philology, and
  3. providing financial support to projects in Indian studies.

The decision to provide funding for projects in Indian studies was passed by the advisory board in December 2011. Applications should be directed to the chair of the advisory board, Prof Dr Ingo Strauch. The submission deadlines are listed under “Funding for Projects in Indian Studies”.


Prof. Dr. Hermann Parzinger
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Von-der-Heydt-Straße 14-16
10785 Berlin
Email: h.parzinger[at]
Telephone: +49 30 266421400

Deputy Chair
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera
Institut für Iranistik
FU Berlin
Fabeckstr. 23/25, Büro 1.1024
14195 Berlin
Email: alberto.cantera[at]
Telephone: +49 30 838 61148

Prof. Dr. Michael Eissenhauer
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 41-42
10785 Berlin
Email: generaldirektion[at]
Telephone: +49 30 266422000


Prof. Dr. Ingo Strauch
Sanskrit et Études Bouddhiques
Université de Lausanne
Anthropole 4118
1015 Lausanne
Email: ingo.strauch[at]
Telephone: +41 21 6923005

Deputy Chair
Prof. Dr. Ute Hüsken
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
69120 Heidelberg
Email: huesken[at]
Telephone: +49 6221 548817

Prof. Dr. Lars-Christian Koch
Ethnologisches Museum/Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Arnimallee 27
14195 Berlin
Email: l.koch[at]
Telephone: +49 30 8301352

Prof. Dr. Annette Schmiedchen
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Email: annette.schmiedchen[at]
Telephone: +49 30 209366036


Jeannette Pauly
Hauptverwaltung HV II 22 f
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Stauffenbergstraße 41-42
10785 Berlin
Email: j.pauly[at]
Telephone:  +49 30 266412716

Legal Affairs
Dorothea Kathmann
Hauptverwaltung HV PA
Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Von-der-Heydt-Straße 14-16
10785 Berlin
Email: d.kathmann[at]
Telephone:  +49 30 266411410

Mareen Hatoum
Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Takustraße 40
14195 Berlin
Email: m.hatoum[at]
Telephone:  +49 30 8301361

As of: June 2020