Finding Scholarships

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Here you will find information about our DAAD scholarship programmes for international students and researchers as well as offers from other selected funding organisations.

Please also take note of our important scholarship information.
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TheMuseumsLab is a programme for joint learning, perspective exchange, networking and career building among African and European professionals. Bringing them together
to build bridges between individuals, institutions, nations and two continents for an engaged discussion on how museums can confront their past, meet the present needs of society and work towards an equitable future.

Who can apply?

African und European Museum professionals who have at least two years experience of working in the museum, heritage, or art sector.

What can be funded?

The participation in the complete programme of 2023

Duration of the funding

Programme activities will take place from 6 June 2024 to 10 December 2024.

6 June 2024: Programme kick-off and seminar module 1 (1 day, 1 week, online)
11 to 13 June & 18 to 19 June 2024: Module I (Online)
12 to 19 September 2024: Residency at European Partner Institution September 2024: Seminar module 3 and project work (2 weeks, onsite Accra, Ghana)
6 to 13 November 2024: Residency at African Partner Institution
13 to 21 November 2024: Module III (Onsite in XXX)
10 December 2024: Closing Event (Online)


For the onsite phases the following programme-related costs will be covered by the DAAD:

  • International and national transport to arrive to and depart from programme locations (lowest possible economy class airfare and 2nd class train tickets)
  • Local public transport (if applicable) duing Module 2, Module 3 and the Residencies
  • Airport transfers (Module 3 in Accra, Residencies in Africa if applicable)
  • Visa fees (for visa processes at official entities)
  • Health insurance (via DAAD group contract/reimbursement up to 40 Euros)
  • Accommodation during the onsite Modules and Residency Locations

  • Programme related entrance fees
  • Daily allowance during the onsite Modules and Residencies (limited compensation for meals not provided in the programme)

Please note: All programme related travels and accommodations will also be arranged and booked by the DAAD.


A committee of internal and external experts will review applications.
The selection criteria are:

Professional competencies and experiences

  • At least two years experience of working in the museum, heritage or art sector
  • Focus on programme relevant topics

Professional qualification
  • HEI degree in a museum, heritage, art related field

Potential of the applicant
  • Motivation: professional and personal reasons for the participation in the programme
  • Prospects: Significance of the participation in the programme for further professional and personal development

Personal skills
  • Collaborative skills
  • Respectful communication
  • Creativity & Innovativeness
  • Self-responsibility
  • Ability to autonomously adapt to unfamiliar surroundings
  • Resilience
  • Ability to constructively question established structures
  • Ability to self-reflect
  • Aspiration to hold a leading position within a museum, heritage site or art space and to act as a multiplier

Language skills
  • Sufficient English skills (Level C1)

Commitment to the programme
  • High motivation to actively engage in participation formats. A prerequisite for the selection of a candidate is the binding commitment to participate in all activities of TheMuseumsLab. The quality of the programme depends on Fellow's participation in all events and intense exchange, both among themselves and with the speakers and lecturers. In case of selection employer must provide letter of consent and approved leave for training purpose which the candidate must submit.

Further information

The programme was developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN), the Master‘s Programme in Museum Management and Communication at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW) and the African consultancy group The Advisors.
It consists of a seminar (three modules), residencies at European and African partner museums] and a project phase.
It will start with an online phase (kick-off and module 1) in May 2024, continue with the first presence phase (module 2 in Berlin, residencies at European and African partner museums) in June 2024 and close with the second presence phase (module 3, project work in Accra, Ghana) in September 2024.
You can find an overview of partner institutions that hosted fellows in the framework of TheMusemsLab here.

What requirements must be met?

  • Currently working in the museum, heritage or art sector
  • At least two years working experience in the museum, heritage or art sector.
  • Sufficient English skills (Level C1)
  • Place of residence at time of applying must be in Africa or Europe
Your application cannot be considered if you are an alumna/us of TheMuseumsLab programme

Language skills

Sufficient English Skills (Level C1)

Application deadline

The Application Deadline is on 29 January 2024

The programme starts 6 June – for detailed information please check the Preliminary Programme Schedule for the whole duration of the programme in 2024.

Application documents

Please upload the following documents via DAAD portal:

  1. Application Form TheMuseumsLab (mandatory, in English); by uploading it to your application, please select the attachement type "progamme specific application form"
  2. CV (mandatory, in English)
  3. Letter of Recommendation (mandatory, in English)
  • Degree Certificates (in English if available)
  • Information about former or current work projects (in English)
  • Language certificates (in English if available)

Information and advisory centres

Government Liaison Office Berlin
DAAD - Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
German Academic Exchange Service
im WissenschaftsForum Berlin am Gendarmenmarkt
Markgrafenstraße 37
10117 Berlin

For further questions please contact

More detailed information

Please check the attached documents (Call for Application) for further information.

For latest updates please check the website regularly: TheMuseumsLab

General information on the application via DAAD portal

Access to the DAAD portal is usually opened at least 6 weeks before the application deadline.
You can access the DAAD portal by clicking "Application portal" at the end of the page. Here you will find an online application form in which you can enter your application data.

This is what you have to do:

1. Register in the DAAD portal (Read notes about registering in the portal >>)

2. Applying online in the DAAD portal (Read notes on applying in the portal >>)

  • Download and complete the online application form
  • Prepare application documents
  • If necessary, translate documents (unless they are already in German or English).
  • Scan paper documents and save in PDF format. Please note that you can only upload PDF files to the portal.
  • Upload the completed application form and the required appendices (except work samples) to the portal in PDF format. Translations, if applicable, should be uploaded together with the document issued in the original language.
  • Submit the uploaded application documents online.

Please note:
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Please consider this when you are planning your application.

Please also take note of our important scholarship information.