The Federal Cultural Foundation’s International Museum Fellowship programme offers museums and public collections in Germany the opportunity to hire young, top-level foreign researchers and curators to work at their organizations.
The goal of the fellowship programme is to encourage museums in Germany to internationalise their themes, working methods and orientation, and to explore new forms of presentation and cooperation. The programme also aims to improve intercultural competence within the museums themselves, as well as strengthen international networks between scientists, curators and museologists.
The Federal Cultural Foundation has extended the funding period of the International Museum Fellowship until 2017. In the second round, 18 fellows will have the opportunity to work and conduct research at a German museum for 18 months. Depending on the project, the fellows' research may be incorporated into a future exhibition.
For the fellows – outstanding young researchers, curators or museologists who already have initial working experience – this programme offers them the chance to gain further professional experience at a German museum, become acquainted with the latest scientific and methodological developments in his/her field in Germany, and establish contacts to colleagues and institutional partners for possible international joint ventures in the future. The fellowship holder will oversee a project under the supervision of a mentor, who works in a responsible position at the museum. Applying her or his relevant expertise, the fellowship holder will carry out independently the project related to the main areas of the museum’s exhibition, research and collection activities.
The Federal Cultural Foundation established an event series of its own titled Fellow Me!, amobile academy which accompanied and presented the activities of the fellows and their respective museums. Between May 2016 and March 2017, the programme staged workshops, symposiums and excursions at five different museum venues. The academy series aimed to facilitate interdisciplinary exchange and discussion on the processes of change in the museum sector.
The Federal Cultural Foundation has allocated 2.58 million euros to fund the International Museum Fellowship from 2011 to 2016 and an additional 3.9 million euros to fund the International Museum Fellowship Programme from 2015 to 2018.
The members of the jury are:
Katia Baudin, Deputy director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne
Dr. Peter-René Becker, Director of the Landesmuseum für Natur und Mensch Oldenburg
Prof. Dr. Sabine Schulze, Director of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg
Susanne Titz, Director of the Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach
Prof. Thomas Weski, Curator of the Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst with "Archive Michael Schmidt", Berlin (former professor of “Cultures of the Curatorial” post-graduate degree programme at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig)