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The Museums Lab Knowledge-Exchange Programme

The Museums Lab Knowledge-Exchange Programme

Deadline: 7 November 2022
Open to: African and European museum professionals
Benefits: fully funded


TheMuseumsLab is a pioneering knowledge-exchange programme for joint learning and continuing education concerning the future of museums in Africa and Europe. As a platform for shared expertise and perspectives, TheMuseumsLab aims to build strong and lasting networks to not only change museums, but also to foster social change by addressing urgent issues such as social justice and climate change.

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 2023, continue with the first presence phase (module 2 in Berlin, residencies at European and African partner museums) in June 2023 and close with the second presence phase (module 3, project work in Addis Abeba) in September 2023.

Duration of the funding

Programme activities will take place from May 2023 to November 2023.

May 2023: Programme kick-off and seminar module 1 (1 day, 1 week, online)
June/July 2023: Seminar module 2 and residencies (3 weeks, onsite Berlin/Europe/Africa)
September 2023: Seminar module 3 and project work (2 weeks, onsite Addis Abeba)
November 2023: Follow-Up (1 day, online)


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


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

Professional competencies and experiences

Professional qualification

Potential of the applicant

Personal skills

Language skills

Commitment to the programme


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

The programme related travels and accommodations will also be organized and booked by the DAAD.

How to apply?

For more information please visit the official website.