Application Deadline: 23 January 2022 (11:59 pm CET)

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.


50 Executives from African and European museums (Fellows).


The programme will be conducted in English (sufficient knowledge of English is therefore a prerequisite for taking part).

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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the TheMuseumsLab 2022 Funding Programme

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