ifa Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy 

Award winners in 2018

Portrait of Dr Sonja Großmann

Sonja Großmann

Sowjetische Freundschaftsgesellschaften in Westeuropa. Instrumente und Akteure der Cultural Diplomacy im Kalten Krieg (1945–1991).

After her studies in roman languages in Mainz and Dijon, Sonja Großmann graduated in German-French Studies at the Universities of Saarland and Metz. She also holds a Master in Eastern European Studies from the University of Munich. From 2007 to 2012 Sonja Großmann worked as a scientific coordinator at the Centre Marc Bloch and the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. She wrote her PhD at the University of Tübingen where she is currently working at the research department.

Elisabeth Piller

Re-winning American hearts and minds. Weimar public diplomacy and the United States, 1902-1934.

Elisabeth Piller studied US and German history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg. In early 2018, she received her PhD from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Since autumn 2018, Elisabeth Piller holds a post-doctoral position at the Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin, pursuing a research project on global humanitarian aid during the First World War.

Portrait of Maria Sobotka

Maria Sobotka

Der koreanische Garten in den Gärten der Welt. "Re"-Präsentation eines koreanischen Gartens im Westen.

Maria Sobotka studied art history and economics at Freie Universität Berlin, specializing in Chinese and Korean art and culture. She deals in particular with topics at the interface between art, politics and economy, art market and provenance research, as well as (post)colonial exhibition theories. Numerous practical and research stays took the German-Austrian-Korean scientist to East Asia. She is currently a visiting researcher at Beijing University.

Award winners so far

2016 / Elena Korowin

2016 / Jens Adam

Jens Adam studied European ethnology and history at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He then worked as an ifa cultural manager at Opole and as a Robert Bosch cultural manager at Wrocław. In 2015, he submitted his doctoral dissertation "Kontaktzonen des Nationalen. Auswärtige Kulturpolitik als Konfliktprävention. Eine Ethnographie." at Humboldt University. He is currently working in a postdoc position at Humboldt University’s Department of European Ethnology, with a focus on various aspects of anthropology.

2015 / Annika Hampel

Dr Annika Hampel attended Passau University for Language, International Culture and Business studies, gaining a master’s degree in Applied Cultural Sciences at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. She earned her PhD at Hildesheim University’s Department of Cultural Policy for her thesis on "Fair cooperation. Partnerschaftliche Zusammenarbeit in der Auswärtigen Kulturpolitik". Her work concentrates on the internationalisation of research and teaching. As of July 2015, Dr Annika Hampel is the head of the International Office of Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences in Southern Thuringia.

2015 / Katayon Meier

Dr Katayon Meier studied German at Tehran University. She moved to Germany in 2001, where she studied education and sociology (bachelor’s and master’s degrees) at Karlsruhe University (KIT). She gained her PhD in 2013 in General Education on the topic "Kultur und Erziehung. Neukantianische Pädagogik als transkulturelles Erziehungskonzept". Her research work focuses on transcultural education, migration and identity development, educational counselling in aid of self and life organisation as well as aesthetical education.

2014 / Leif H. Seibert

Dr. Leif H. Seibert studied philosophy and religious studies at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. In 2013 he presented his doctoral thesis "Religious credibility under fire. A praxeological analysis of the determinants of religious legitimacy in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina" at the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology at Bielefeld University. He thematic priorities are conflict and peace research, criticism of religion and ideology, theories and methods of religious sociology and German idealism.

2013 / Reinhild Kreis

Reinhild Kreis, born in 1978 in Fulda, studied Newer and Newest History, History of Bavaria and New German Literature at the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and at the National University College of Ireland in Galway. In 2009, she presented her doctoral thesis "Auswärtige Kultur- und Informationspolitik der USA in der Bundesrepublik: Deutsch-Amerikanische Institute und Amerikahäuser (1960 – 1985)" at LMU Munich. Since late 2009, Kreis has been teaching and doing research at Augsburg University's Chair of Transatlantic Cultural History (TCH).
Interview with Dr. Reinhild Kreis: "A local level of German-American relations"

2012 / Jan Kruse

Jan Kruse

Jan Kruse was born in 1971 and has spent his youth in Krefeld, Hannover and Einbeck. He studied general linguistics and philosophy in Cologne and Leiden (Netherlands) and graduated with a Doctorandus degree (equals master’s degree) in Leiden in 2001. In 2012 he did his doctorate in German linguistics on "Das Barcelona-Prinzip. Die Dreisprachigkeit aller Europäer als sprachenpolitisches Ziel der EU" at the University Duisburg-Essen. His doctoral supervisor and main consultant has been Prof. Ulrich Ammon. Currently, Jan Kruse is living in Cologne as a linguist and translator.

2010 / Patrick Schreiner

Patrick Schreiner

Patrick Schreiner was born in 1978 in Achern. He graduated from the Heimschule Lender in Sasbach. Between 1999 and 2001 he was studying political science and German studies at the University of Heidelberg and continued studying at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. From 2004 to 2009 he was working there on his doctoral thesis on "Außenkulturpolitik. Internationale Beziehungen und kultureller Austausch". In the following years he received teaching assignments in political science in Frankfurt and at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 2009 Patrick Schreiner is working as a referent for economics, environment and Europe at the DGB district Lower Saxony – Bremen – Saxony-Anhalt.

2009 / Olaf Praetorius

Preisverleihung an Olaf Praetorius

Olaf Praetorius has been born in Ostfildern-Ruit in 1983. During his school days he already played in various orchestras and successfully participated several times in the "Jugend musiziert” contest. In 2003 Olaf Praetorius started his studies in school music at the Stete University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart where he graduated in 2009 with his diploma thesis "Musiklehre und -lernen auf der Spur kultureller Authentizität? Südkoreanische MusikstudentInnen im 'Ursprungsland der Musik'". He graduated in his minor subject mathematics in 2012 at the University of Stuttgart. Since the beginning of 2013 Olaf Praetorius, now married Golomb, is a student teacher at a secondary school in Mannheim.

2008 / Peter Ulrich Weiß

Peter Ulrich Weiß

Peter Ulrich Weiß graduated from high school in 1987 and then started an apprenticeship as a scene painter at the DEFA film studios Potsdam/Babelsberg. From 1992 to 2001 he studied history and Roman studies at the universities of Potsdam, Paris and Bucharest. Between 2001 and 2004 he has been a student assistant at the Centre of Contemporary History. He was a doctorate scholarship holder of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius on "Kulturarbeit als diplomatischer Zankapfel. Die kulturellen Auslandsbeziehungen im Dreiecksverhältnis der beiden deutschen Staaten und Rumäniens von 1950 bis 1972". Starting in 2004 he was working for three years as a lector for history and philosophy of the Robert Bosch Stiftung at the Public University of Kaliningrad. From July 2008 Peter Ulrich Weiß has been Postdoc-scholarship holder at the Thyssen Stiftung Centre of Contemporary History in Potsdam. Since March 2010 he has been working as an assistant professor at the University of Potsdam.

2008 / Tobias Mosig

Tobias Mosig

Tobias Mosig was born in 1977 in Dresden. He studied film and television production at the Film and Television University HFF in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He finished his studies with his diploma thesis "Goethe-Institut e.V.: Weltvertrieb für deutsche Filme? – Das Goethe-Institut als kultureller Botschafter des deutschen Films im Ausland und dessen aktuelle Zusammenarbeit mit German Films und den deutschen Weltvertrieben" for which he received the ifa Research Award in 2008. Mosig is author of several articles and books on issues of the film industry. He currently lives in Berlin and works as a freelancer in several positions of film and television industry.

2007 / Isabel Schäfer

Isabel Schäfer

Isabel Schäfer studied Pantomime Art at the École Internationale de Mimodrame Marcel Marceau and at the École Mime Corporel Soum & Wasson from 1987 to 1989. From 1991 to 1996 she studied political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and at the Otto Suhr Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2006 Isabel Schäfer wrote her doctoral thesis "Europa und das Mittelmeer. Die kulturelle Dimension der Euro-Mediterranen Partnerschaft: Konstruktion eines euro-mediterranen Kulturraums?". Since 2008 Isabel Schäfer is co-project leader of the Volkswagen research project "Hybride europäisch-muslimische Identitätsmodelle: Identitäts- und Abgrenzungsrituale von Menschen mit muslimischen Migrationshintergrund im deutsch-europäischen Innen- und Außenverhältnis".

2006 / Udo M. Metzinger

Udo M. Metzinger studied political science, German studies and history at the University of Cologne. He did his doctorate studies at the University of Cologne and as a guest scientist in Washington D.C. on "Hegemonie und Kultur. Die Rolle kultureller 'soft-power' in der US-Außenpolitik". Metzinger worked as a tutor and author among other things on the Netzwerk Politische Bildung (Network Political Education) at the Bundeswehr, at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich, at the Federal Office for Civilian Service and at the adult education centres in Leipzig and Munich.

2006 / Matthias Bode

Matthias Bode was born in 1978 in Wolfenbüttel and studied medieval and modern history and law at the universities of Göttingen and Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). At the Faculty of Law of the University of Göttingen he did his doctorate on "Auswärtige Kulturpolitik zwischen Demokratisierung und Internationalisierung. Die frühe Bundesrepublik als Partner der UNESCO".

2005 / Naika Foroutan

Naika Foroutan was born in 1971 and studied political science, Roman studies and Islamic studies at the University of Cologne. She wrote her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bassam Tibi at the Georg August University in Göttingen with the title "Kulturdialoge zwischen dem Westen und der islamischen Welt. Eine Strategie zur Regulierung von Zivilisationskonflikten". Since 2009 Dr. Naika Foroutan is researching and teaching at the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

2003 / Ulrike Stoll

2002 / Robert Peise

Robert Peise was born in 1965 in Berlin-Wilmersdorf. Between 1990 and 1992 he made an apprenticeship as a publisher in Hildesheim before starting his studies in cultural pedagogics at the University of Hildesheim. He graduated as cultural scientist in 2002 with the doctoral thesis "Ein Kulturinstitut für Europa. Untersuchungen zur Institutionalisierung kultureller Zusammenarbeit". Peise gave relevant input for the book "Auswärtige Kulturpolitik", edited by Prof. Wolfgang Schneider in 2008. In 2009 he was a speaker at the Loccumer Gespräche. Robert Peise is currently working as a freelance author in Hildesheim.

2001 / Dirk Scholten-Akoun

Dirk Scholten-Akoun was born in 1963. He studied German studies, philosophy and political science at the University Duisburg-Essen and graduated with a master’s degree. He wrote his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ulrich Ammon on "Sprachverbreitungspolitik des nationalsozialistischen Deutschlands".

2001 / Verena Andrei

Verena Andrei studied political science and recent German literature at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen and graduated with a master’s degree. Afterwards she wrote her doctoral thesis "Die auswärtige Sprachpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gegenüber den Staaten Mittel- und Südosteuropas und in der Europäischen Union". As an assistant professor Verena Andrei stayed at the Institute of Political Science of the Eberhard Karls University. Currently she is working as a referee in the research department of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung in Stuttgart.

For its ifa Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy, each spring the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen chooses an outstanding thesis or dissertation in the field of foreign cultural policy. The award is endowed with 3,000 euros.

Procedure / requirements

Procedure / requirements

  • No individual application but a recommendation by a German university professor or lecturer. Two short expert opinions on the research topic must also be submitted.
  • Submission of two copies of the work to remain in the ifa Library.
  • Submission or publication dates of the diploma, masters or doctoral thesis are 1 January to 31 December of the previous year.
  • Application deadline: 31 March of the year of proposal
  • Address: Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart

Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
ifa Research Award

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart
Tel. +49.711.2225.148