Application deadline for Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship 2020 extended until the end of August 20201


The "Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship", which has been announced annually since 2009, is intended to enable young professionals to undertake a project at the Rathgen-Forschungslabor within a duration of 3 months. Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the application period is extended until 31 August 2021.

The Rathgen-Forschungslabor (Rathgen Research Laboratory) with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin is the leading institution for heritage science in the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation). It researches aging and weathering processes as well as sustainable conservation and restoration strategies for movable and immovable cultural heritage in the light of global change and is an active contributor to the sustainability debate on the Green Museum. It deals with the development of analytical, in particular non-destructive investigation technologies as well as questions concerning the documentation and accessibility of cultural heritage in the digital age. Preventive conservation, art technology and archaeometry are further areas of research.

It carries forward the tradition of the world´s oldest scientific museum laboratory, the Chemical Laboratory of the Royal Museums in Berlin, which was founded on 1 April 1888 and bears the name of its first director, Friedrich Rathgen.

It is the mission of the Friends of Rathgen (Förderkreis des Rathgen-Forschungslabors e. V.) to support the work of the Rathgen Research Laboratory in various ways, among others by supporting research projects of young professionals in heritage science.

Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarships

To this end, the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship program has been established in 2009 and stipends are awarded annually. The Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship enables emerging professionals to undertake a research project at the laboratory within a 1-3 month duration. Successful applicants will receive a monthly scholarship of EUR 900 month (for Post-Graduates) and EUR 1,200 (for Post-docs).

The topic of the research project can be proposed freely by the applicant and will be evaluated by a selection committee for potential synergies with the research areas of the Rathgen Research Laboratory.


The application consists of:

  • 1-2 pages explaining the research proposal, the required resources and the envisaged time frame, including preliminary work accomplished and short bibliography

  • CV including list of publications

  • 2 reference letters of support

Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, we extend the application deadline for the Rathgen Heritage Science Scholarship 2021 until 31 August 2021.

Please submit your application electronically to rf[at] or by mail to:

- Scholarship -
Schlossstrasse 1 A
14059 Berlin