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.

Update: The SPK has expanded its fellowship programme by 20 additional places for Ukrainian refugee (and persecuted Russian/Belarusian) scholars and librarians. The project applied for should have a meaningful connection to the collections or a research focus related to the respective SPK institution.

  • Application deadlines are suspended for Ukrainian researchers until further notice. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  • For Ukrainian researchers, the three-month period may be extended by a maximum of three additional months upon request, which will allow applicants to apply for opportunities for longer-term follow-up funding.
  • Professionals such as librarians may also apply if they are not pursuing an entirely researched-based project.
  • Applications will be reviewed even if some of the required documents – e.g. two external reviews – cannot be submitted.
  • In addition, applicants from Russia and Belarus are asked to describe the threatening situation they are now facing and how it personally affects them.

Scholarship Holders of the International Scholarship Programme

  1. Khadim Ali, Doomside, Australia, Shahnama in Persian and Mughal court, Museum für Islamische Kunst

  2. Małgorzata Bogaczyk-Vormayr, UAM – Adam-MicKievicz-University, Poznań, Surreale Welten: Zur Vorgeschichte und zu den neuen Kontexten der Art Brut, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg,

  3. Iryna Chechulina, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, Kiev, Attic black-glazed pottery in the collection of the Antikensammlung, Antikensammlung

  4. Liubov Dyvak, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kiev, Youth Point of View on the Museum, Bildung und Vermittlung, Neue Nationalgalerie

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Luming Guan, University of Cambridge, Early Sixteenth-Century German Art and the Figure of the Artist-Trickster, Kupferstichkabinett

  9. Eman Shokry Hesham, Cairo German Archaeological Institute, Exploring Michael Meinecke’s archive on the Islamic Architecture of Egypt, Museum für Islamische Kunst

  10. Viktoryna Iunovych, Taras Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ornament in Contemporary Art: Case Study from the Hamburger Bahnhof Collection, Hamburger Bahhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

  11. Herbert Justnik, The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art / Volkskundemuseum Wien, Ausstellen als Prozess – der Prozess der Ausstellung, Institut für Museumsforschung

  12. Kristopher W. Kersey, UCLA, Los Angeles, Art as Metabolism: Fragmentation, Decay, and Assemblage in Japanese Art, Museum für Asiatische Kunst

  13. Anna Lebensztejn, Museum of Literature,Warschau, Harbringers of the New. Landscape Painters and the Lives of the Artists, Gemäldegalerie

  14. Laura Moretti, University of St Andrews, The Adventurous Life of the Berlin ‘Adorante’, Antikensammlung

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Friederike E. Schweller, University of Durham, Modern Jews and Ancient Egypt: Patrons, Collectors and Scholars in Europe c.1880-1950, Zentralarchiv

  18. Valeriia Shyller, National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture Kiev, Youth Point of View on the Museum, Abt. Bildung und Vermittlung, Neue Nationalgalerie

  19. Marko Stamenkovic, Universitet Mediteran, Montenegro, Graphic Evidence. Examining poster design as a form of ethical concern in the context of sexual violence, Kunstbibliothek

  20. Maria Trabulo, Universidade Caólica Portugal, Porto, The Reinvention of Forgetting, Skulpturensammlung und Museum für byzantische Kunst

  21. 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.

  1. 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
  2. Alexander Ekserdjian, Columbia University, New York; Immortal Bodies: The Sculptural Representation of Mortals and Gods in the Sanctuaries of Central Italy, Antikensammlung
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. M.A. Kaila Howell, Harward University, Cambridge; Romantic Process Philosophy and the Nature Art of Philipp Otto Runge; Alte Nationalgalerie
  7. 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
  8. 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
  1. M.A.Maria Beatriz Haro-Carrión, Tulane University, New Orleans, Beyond Landscape: German Traveler-Artists and the Construction of Race in Latin America, Kupferstichkabinett
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. M.A. Sumihiro Oki, University of Amsterdam, Konrad Witz and Early Netherlandish painting, Gemäldegalerie
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Dr. Renata Schellenberg , University of Toronto, Memory and Museum Culture, Ethnologisches Museum
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Dr. Matthew Unangst, Jacksonville University, Los Angeles, Disclaiming Colonialism: Tanzania and the Two Germanies, 1964-1989, Ethnologisches Museum
  11. M.A. Hanna-Lisa von Lenthe, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Die Münzprägung und Münzgeschichte der österreichischen Neufürsten., Münzkabinett
  12. M.A. Michaela Watrelot, Charles University, Prag, Wilhelm Bode and the collector Rudolphe Kann: The private correspondence 1887-1905, Zentralarchiv

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.