Grant Program of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz
With its unique collections, the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (State Library at Berlin) is a research library of international ranking, which offers excellent working conditions to scholars especially in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, in Law and in the History of Science.
The holdings of printed items alone comprise more than ten million volumes of historical and modern literature, with an additional substantial offer of electronic resources. Furthermore, the researchers’ interest is particularly attracted to the library’s important special collections such as rare prints, outstanding occidental and oriental manuscripts, autographs and literary estates, music autographs, maps, historical and current newspapers. The Library also possesses a substantial collection of international children’s and young people’s literature as well as regionally defined collections on Eastern Europe, the Orient, and East Asia.
The Research Grant Program of the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz is primarily intended to enable scholars living abroad to come to Berlin in order to make use of the rich collections of the Library and the other institutions of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation for their research work, and to make professional contacts in Germany.
The Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz has established its own grant program. Each year, it welcomes approximately a dozen visiting scholars from across the world and makes it possible for them to pursue their research at one of the Foundation’s institutions.
Period and Amounts of the Grants
The grants awarded by the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) last one to three months. Those with a bachelor’s or master’s degree receive 900 euros a month. Those with a PhD or comparable qualification receive 1,200 euros a month. In addition to the grant, a one-time travel grant of 500 euros can be paid.
Applying for a Grant
To apply for a grant you must have received at least one university degree when you apply. Send your application directly to the institution where you wish to do your research. Please observe the relevant application deadlines.
Additional information, the application form, and contact information can be found on the Internet pages of the SPK institutions.
Other Funding Possibilities for Research in the SPK Institutions
Numerous international scholars do research at the Foundation’s institutions with grants from a wide variety of other institutions. The Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) also have their own grant program. Please check the Internet page of the institution in question for additional information about grant possibilities.
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