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TheMuseumsLab 2022 Funding Programme for Museum Professionals from African & European Countries

TheMuseumsLab 2022: Call for Applications funding programme for museum professionals from African and European countries

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When is the Application Deadline?

 23rd January 2022 (11:59 pm CET)

Tell Me About TheMuseumsLab:

TheMuseumsLab is a platform for joint learning, exchange and continuing education on the future of museums in both Africa and Europe. The programme has the aim to provide knowledge and competencies, to foster new ideas and approaches as well as to establish close and lasting networks between future shapers of museum concepts on both sides.

The programme consists of three one-week seminar modules (online and onsite in Berlin and Cape Town) lead by prominent African and European experts, a two-week residency at a renowned European partner institution and a co-working phase.

The project was developed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin and the Master‘s Programme in Museum Management and Communication at the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin, in close cooperation with the African consultancy group The Advisors.

Several African and European museums as well as other cultural institutions are partners with the programme. The programme is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office and supported by the German Minister of State for Culture and the Media as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.


Providing knowledge and competencies, fostering new ideas and approaches as well as establishing and upgrading networks.


Current issues and concepts of museum management, social impact and responsibility, localisation of content, as well as practical aspects of museums as institutions in the21st century, divided into three modules:

  • Module 1     Entangled Histories and the Future of Cultural Memories
  • Module 2     Collections and Research
  • Module 3     Communication and Strategic Management


Each module is divided into 14 slots of two hours each. A compact, digital workshop and further training programme in Berlin and Cape Town with a two-week practical phase at a European museum and a one-week Co-working phase in South Africa.

What Type of Scholarship is this?

Workshop, Grants

Who can apply for TheMuseumsLab?

• Professional competencies and experiences: Experience of at least 2 years in a museum, heritage, or art sector.
• Professional Qualification: BA, MA, MSc, or PhD in a museum / heritage / art related field.
• Personal Skills
■ Flexibility
■ Creativity
■ Innovativeness
■ Open-mindedness
■ Ability to question established structures
■ Desire to hold a leading position and to act as a multiplier
• Language skills:Adequate language proficiency in English (written and spoken) is essential in order to participate actively in the programme.
• Commitment to the programme: A prerequisite for the selection of a candidate is her/his/their binding commitment to participate in all phases of The MuseumsLab. The quality of the programme depends on fellow’s participation in all events and continuous work on topics across three modules and intense exchange, both among themselves and with the speakers and lecturers. Employer must provide of letter of consent and approved leave for training purpose.

Which Countries are Eligible?

African & European Countries

Where will Award be Taken?

Offline & Online

How Many Scholarships will be Given?

50 Executives from African and European museums (Fellows).

What is the Benefit of TheMuseumsLab?

• African and European leading-edge, multidisciplinary thinking and experimental practice in museum and heritage studies, divided into six distinct phases:

Phase I: online kick-off and online seminar
Phase II: seminar in Berlin
Phase III: residency at a European partner institution
Phase IV: closing workshop and farewell
Phase V: seminar in Cape Town
Phase VI: project work and presentation in Cape Town
Follow-Up: online meeting (for more detailed information and dates see programme schedule)

• Innovative formats of learning and practical skills.
Residencies at renowned European institutions.
• Theoretical and practical seminars at renowned museums in Berlin and Cape Town.
Networking opportunities amongst fellows and with international experts, who are linked to museums in the African continent and in Europe by their lives, research, or work.
• A joint certificate, issued by the German Federal Foreign Office, DAAD, Museum for Natural History, HTW Berlin, University of the Western Cape, the Advisors, and the host institution.
• Access to the growing African-European alumni network of TheMuseumsLab.

• Cost coverage* for the onsite phases in Berlin, the residency at a European host institution, and the onsite
phase in Cape Town
■ International and national transport
■ Local public transport (also from and to airports onsite)
■ Health insurance and visa costs
■ Accommodation
■ Entrance fees (Phase II and V)
■ Daily allowance

  • Please note: Any other costs, such as transport costs between the place of residence and the departure/arrival
    airport, and travel costs for visa application in the country of residence have to be covered privately.

How to Apply for TheMuseumsLab:

Please use the following document for your application


Visit Award Webpage for Details

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