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International Fellowship Programme for Sabbatical Leave and Research Residencies at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Launched in 2009, the International Fellowship Programme offers scholars from around the world the opportunity to spend one to three months on a research residency at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

The programme supports research projects that bear direct relation to the diverse institutions and rich collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. It aims to strengthen the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin’s position within the international scholarly network and is therefore aimed specifically at foreign scholars who do not reside in Germany. The programme especially promotes young researchers. The fellowships allow researchers to work on their project and make professional contacts at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. As a result, they also get to participate in the scholarly and cultural life within the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz.

The application deadline is 31 December for grants in the following academic year.

Scholarship Holders of the International Scholarship Programme

  • Kerstin Barndt, University of Michigan, Museum in Ruins. Representing History, Memory, and Time in Contemporary Germany, Institut für Museumsforschung
  • Natalia Bosko, Belgrad, Ad Astra Celestial Phenomena in German Romantic Landscape Painting, Kunstbibliothek
  • Joseph Bucciero, Princeton University, New Objectives: German Painting and Organized Capitalism, 1923–1930, Neue Nationalgalerie
  • Maximilian Felix Chami, University of Dar Es Salaam, Unwanted people from the Society: Community and Restitution of Human Remains from Musila Island, Tanzania, Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
  • Nadia Maria Consiglieri, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Between the Demon and the Ornament. Dissemination and Itineraries of the Dragon in the Renaissance Material Culture (15th-16th Centuries), Kunstgewebemuseum
  • Gohar Dashti, Bosten MA. , A Research to Cognition and semantics of Plant designs on the Fragments of Takht-e Sōleymān, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Karim Mohsen Elridy Ahmed Fathi, Kairo, The Karnak Chapel of Shebitku? Museum für Ägyptische Kunst und Papyrussammlung
  • Orlando Fernão, University of Aveiro, Memories of Mozambique in Berlin: A Study for Sound Recordings Repatriation, Ethnologisches Museum
  • Chiara Ianeselli, Trento, Individual Objects or Mediation Devices the Accessibility of Labels at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart and at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Institut für Museumsforschung
  • Shunhua Jin, Aix-Marseille Université, The Image Exchange and Comparative Study of Illustrated Manuscripts,
    between Safavid Iran and Late Ming China, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Tomoko Masuya, The University of Tokyo, The Tile Decoration of the Ilkhanid Phase at Takht-i Sulaimān, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Mailane Maíra Messias Sampaio, Saint-Étienne (France), Food Heritage of the Alto Rio Negro in the Museum: An analysis of the Koch-Grünberg’s collection, Ethnologisches Museum
  • Nicole Sarto, Columbia University, New York City, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble: Enchanting Women in Greek Art, Antikensammlung
  • Ehsan Shavarebi, Universität Wien; Coinage and Monetary History of the Western Turks in the Indo-Iranian Borderlands (Late 6th to 8th Century CE), Münzkabinett
  • Liv Maria Yarrow, Brooklyn College New York City, Evaluating the Contribution of Bronze Coinages to the Roman Republican, Economy in the Late Third and Early Second Century BCE, Münzkabinett
  • Khadim Ali, Doomside, Australia, Shahnama in Persian and Mughal court, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Małgorzata Bogaczyk-Vormayr, UAM – Adam-MicKievicz-University, Poznań, Surreale Welten: Zur Vorgeschichte und zu den neuen Kontexten der Art Brut, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg,
  • Iryna Chechulina, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kiev, Attic black-glazed pottery in the collection of the Antikensammlung, Antikensammlung
  • Liubov Dyvak, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Youth Point of View on the Museum, Bildung und Vermittlung, Neue Nationalgalerie
  • Federica De Giambattista, Sapienza Università di Roma, Rom, Ludwig Pollak and the works of art of the Middle Ages. Interests and Studies of a protagonist of the Art Market and Collecting in the post-unitarian Rome, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für byzantische Kunst
  • Francesca Ferrari, New York University, Animated Geometries: Abstraction and the Body in the Work of Alexandra Exter, Paul Klee, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, and Joaquín Torres-García in the 1920s, Museum Berggruen
  • Milena Gallipoli, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina, Plaster casts from the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in Buenos Aires. Historical research, cataloguing and conservation strategies, Gipsformerei
  • Luming Guan, University of Cambridge, Early Sixteenth-Century German Art and the Figure of the Artist-Trickster, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Erin Hennessey, Webster University, St. Louis, Martin Schongauer´s „Death of the Virgin“ and the Pictorial Sequence in Early Modern Visual Culture', Kupferstichkabinett
  • Eman Shokry Hesham, Cairo German Archaeological Institute, Exploring Michael Meinecke’s archive on the Islamic Architecture of Egypt, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Viktoryna Iunovych, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ornament in Contemporary Art: Case Study from the Hamburger Bahnhof Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart
  • Herbert Justnik, The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art / Volkskundemuseum Wien, Ausstellen als Prozess – der Prozess der Ausstellung, Institut für Museumsforschung
  • Kristopher W. Kersey, UCLA, Los Angeles, Art as Metabolism: Fragmentation, Decay, and Assemblage in Japanese Art, Museum für Asiatische Kunst
  • Liudmilla Kozeko,  Kyiv, Nationales Forschungs- und Restaurierungszentrum der Ukraine Bildung und Vermittlungsangebote für Ukrainische Geflüchtete, Alte Nationalgalerie
  • Anna Lebensztejn, Museum of Literature,Warschau, Harbringers of the New. Landscape Painters and the Lives of the Artists, Gemäldegalerie
  • Roksana Ludyn, National University Kyiv, Connecting theatre pedagogy and education in an ethnological museum
  • Laura Moretti, University of St Andrews, The Adventurous Life of the Berlin ‘Adorante’, Antikensammlung
  • Sergii Polin, Institute of Archaeology of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Chronology of Kurgans near the Maritzyn-village (excavations by M. Ebert in 1910- 1911), Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte
  • Hanna Rudyk, The Bohdan and Varvara National Museum of Art, Kiev, Decolonizing Islamic art narratives in the Museum of Islamic Art (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Friederike E. Schwelle, University of Durham, Modern Jews and Ancient Egypt: Patrons, Collectors and Scholars in Europe c.1880-1950, Zentralarchiv
  • Valeriia Shyller, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture Kiev, Youth Point of View on the Museum, Abt. Bildung und Vermittlung, Neue Nationalgalerie
  • Marko Stamenkovic, ZETA Contemporary Art Center, Tirana, Graphic Evidence. Examining poster design as a form of ethical concern in the context of sexual violence, Kunstbibliothek
  • Maria Trabulo, Universidade Caólica Portugal, Porto, The Reinvention of Forgetting, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für byzantische Kunst
  • Esra Tütüncü, Süleyman Demirel University, Isparta, History and Coinage of Ariassos, Münzkabinett

All scholarships have been postponed until 2021/2022 due to the Corona pandemic and related travel and work restrictions.

  • Niveen Al-Gharbawy, The Grand Egytian Museum, Giza, International Relation Marketing via Exhibitions, Events and Conferences, Case Study the Grand Egyptian Museum and Surrounding Area, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung
  • Alexander Ekserdjian, Columbia University, New York; Immortal Bodies: The Sculptural Representation of Mortals and Gods in the Sanctuaries of Central Italy, Antikensammlung
  • Dr. Anna Maria Glowa, Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II, Lublin, "Common Threads" - Parallel late antique textiles from Egypt deriving from Robert Forrer's collection in Poland and Berlin, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst
  • M.A. Erin Hennessey, Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, Between Repetition and Invention: Martin Schongauer's "Death of the Virgin" and the Pictorial Sequence in Early Modern Visual Culture, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Dr. Parviz Holakooei, Art University of Isafhan; Gilding technology in the fourteenth century lajvardina tiles from the archaeological site of Takht-i Sulayman, north-western Iran, Rathgen-Forschungslabor; Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • M.A. Kaila Howell, Harward University, Cambridge; Romantic Process Philosophy and the Nature Art of Philipp Otto Runge; Alte Nationalgalerie
  • Dr. Zachary Jones, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Science, Stylistic-Analysis, and a Comparative Examination: A Study of Historic Tlingit Ethnographic Objects at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; Ethnologisches Museum
  • Messan Tossa, Universite Belome, Lome; On the expansion of the archival holdings of the German Colonial period in the State Archives of Togo, Ethnologisches Museum
  • M.A.Maria Beatriz Haro-Carrión, Tulane University, New Orleans, Beyond Landscape: German Traveler-Artists and the Construction of Race in Latin America, Kupferstichkabinett
  • M.B.A Medhavi Gandhi, The Heritage Lab, Chandigarh, Digital Networks: Enabling museum professionals to learn, engage and thrive in the 21st century”.  The project outcome is a toolkit titled “Embrace Digital”, Museum Europäischer Kulturen and Institut für Museumsforschung.
  • Assis. Prof. Dr. Emad Hani Ismaeel, University of Mosul, Library of the Architectural Heritage – Façade elements of Mossul Traditional Houses as a Case Study, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • M.A. Sumihiro Oki, University of Amsterdam, Konrad Witz and Early Netherlandish painting, Gemäldegalerie
  • Dr. Veronika Poier, Harvard University, Cambridge, When Style implies Knowledge: Contextualizing regional Tradition and foreign Innovation in Tile- Making Techniques under the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed I (r. 1413-1421), Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • M.A. Juliana Saft, University of Sao Paulo, Environmental principles for paper reserves management in historic buildings at tropical regions. applied case: Paulista Museum, Sao Paulo City., Rathgen-Forschungslabor
  • Dr. Renata Schellenberg , University of Toronto, Memory and Museum Culture, Ethnologisches Museum
  • Oleg Sinitsyn, Staatliches Forschungsinstitut für Restaurierung, Moskau, Studying the methods for restoration of stone and plaster sculpture damaged by fire, Skultpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst
  • Dr. Margueritte Spoerri Butcher, University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Discourses of local and imperial power from the Balkans to Mesopotamia: An analysis of Roman Provincial coins minted in the eastern Roman provinces, AD 238-249 (RPC volumes VII.2 and VIII), Münzkabinett
  • Dr. Matthew Unangst, Jacksonville University, Los Angeles, Disclaiming Colonialism: Tanzania and the Two Germanies, 1964-1989, Ethnologisches Museum
  • M.A. Hanna-Lisa von Lenthe, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Die Münzprägung und Münzgeschichte der österreichischen Neufürsten., Münzkabinett
  • M.A. Michaela Watrelot, Charles University, Prag, Wilhelm Bode and the collector Rudolphe Kann: The private correspondence 1887-1905, Zentralarchiv
  • Ulviie Ablaieva, Institut für Ethnologie, Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften der Ukraine (Lviv), Die Forschung der Artefakte der materiellen Kultur der Krimtataren, Museum Europäischer Kulturen
  • Dr. Charlotte Bank, Université de Genève, Remaking a World. Recently Displaced Syrian Artists in Berlin: Exile, Marginality and Institutional Participation, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Dr. Bat-ami Artsi, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, In Multiple Ways: Manifestations of Additional Genders in Northern Andean Coast Iconography, 500-1532 A.D., Ethnologisches Museum
  • Hanin Hannouch, School for Advanced Studies - IMT Lucca, Finding Robert Lohmeyer -  German Colonial Photography in Africa, Ethnologisches Museum
  • Shireen EI Kassem, University of London, Mamluk silk production in Egypt and Syria (1250-1400 AD), Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Prof. Elisabeth Fraser, University of South Florida, Dressing Empire: Early Modern Ottoman Costume Books and Transculturation, Kunstbibliothek
  • Dr. Anna Grasskamp, Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts, Communication and Visual Arts, Objektbilder und Bildobjekte: Nürnberger Gefäß-, Schmuck- und Maschinendarstellungen des 16. Jahrhunderts, Kunstbibliothek
  • Dr. Ruba Kasmo; Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University, Istanbul, Documentation of the Built Heritage of Aleppo, Museum für Islamische Kunst
  • Dr. Denis Lomtev, Hochschule für Management Moskau. Vom Jugendstil zum sozialistischen Realismus: Künstlerischer Werdegang Heinrich Vogelers im Spiegel seines Berliner Nachlasses, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Dr. Michal Mencfel, Institut Historii Szuki, Poznan, Das Raczynskische Museum. Geschichte, Rezeption und Wirkung der Gemäldegalerie des Athanasius Graf Raczynsky in Berlin 1836-1874, (1904), Kunstbibliothek
  • Dr. Michiyo Mori, Waseda University Tokyo, Fundamental Study on the Clay Sculptures from the Northern Silk Road, Museum für Asiatische Kunst
  • Dr. Nathaniel Prottas, University of Chicago, The Founding of Education Departments in the State Museums of Berlin, Zentralarchiv
  • Dr. Pepper Stetler, Miami University, Finding Form: Photography and the Werkbund, KunstbibliothekMuseum für Fotografie
  • Dr. Johanna Wild; University of New Mexico, Finding Robert Lohmeyer  - German Colonial Photography in Africa, Ethnologisches Museum

Similar Scholarship Opportunities at the SPK

Other institutions that fall under the umbrella organization of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Geheime Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz, the Staatliche Institut für Musikforschung, and the Ibero-American Institute) all offer similar scholarship opportunities.