Research Award

Endowed with 3,000 euros, the ifa Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy has been awarding outstanding dissertations in the field of culture and foreign policy since 2001.

The Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy honours outstanding dissertations from EU countries which explore research objectives in the field of culture and foreign policy, and which are distinguished by innovative questions and are relevant to foreign cultural policy practice.

The Research Award is intended to stimulate scientific discussion in the field of culture and foreign policy and to make it more visible to a broader specialised public. It is endowed with 3,000 euros and has been awarded annually since 2001.

Tendering Modalities

The Research Award for Foreign Cultural Policy is intended to honour an outstanding dissertation that is in particular advanced in research and that deals with topics at the interface between culture and foreign policy. The topic of the dissertation should be relevant to the practice of foreign cultural policy.

  • Whom Is the Programme Designed for?


    One cannot apply for the ifa Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy. Applicants are recommended for the award by a professor from a Member State of the European Union.


  • What Are the Prerequisites?


    Dissertations that have been accepted and assessed in an EU country in the period from 1 January to 31 December 2021 are eligible for the award. Dissertations published during this period are also eligible. The dissertation may be published outside of the EU provided that it has been accepted and assessed in an EU country.
    The dissertation must address issues at the interface of culture and foreign policy which are relevant to foreign cultural policy practice. The work must be in German or English.


  • What Documents Are Required?


    In addition to the university professor’s letter of recommendation, copies of the completed first and second assessments made during the examination procedure are required. In addition, two copies of the dissertation must be submitted.
    The letter of recommendation, the assesments and the dissertation copies can be sent by mail to

    Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
    Helene Dorfner
    Charlottenplatz 17
    70173 Stuttgart

    or bundled in a PDF file to be sent by e-mail to the address forschungspreis(at)


  • What Happens After Submitting the Documents?


    After the application deadline, a jury chooses an award winner. The ifa Research Award will be bestowed in autumn at a ceremony, usually within the context of WIKA events.



  • 2020 | Tobias Reichard


    Musik für die 'Achse'. Deutsch-italienische Musikbeziehungen unter Hitler und Mussolini bis 1943. – (Universität Hamburg, Disseration). – Münster: Waxmann, 2020. – 526 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Tobias Reichard studied historical musicology, Italian literary history and law at the University of Hamburg. After completing his doctorate, he became a research assistant at the Research Institute for Music Theatre at the University of Bayreuth and worked as a co-curator of the exhibition 'Hitler.Macht.Oper' (Hitler.Power.Opera). Since March 2020 he has been working at the newly founded Ben Haim Research Centre of the University of Music and Theatre in Munich, where he is doing research on Jewish musical culture in southern Germany..


  • 2019 | Dominik Herzner


    Deutsche Auslandsschulen in Spanien. Instanzen Auswärtiger Kulturpolitik zwischen Konflikt und Kooperation. – (Universität Aachen, Dissertation). – RWTH Aachen, 2018. – 360 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Dominik Herzner studied German, history, social studies and German as a foreign language for teaching at grammar schools at the University of Regensburg. During his doctorate Herzner worked at the University of Regensburg at the Centre for Language and Communication.


  • 2018 | Sonja Großmann, Elisabeth Piller, Maria Sobotka


    Sowjetische Freundschaftsgesellschaften in Westeuropa. Instrumente und Akteure der Cultural Diplomacy im Kalten Krieg (1945–1991). – (Universität Tübingen, Dissertation). – Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, 2017. – 518 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    After studying Romance languages, Sonja Großmann obtained a double degree in French and German Studies, with a focus on contemporary history, at the Universities of Saarbrücken and Metz. She is currently working at the University of Tübingen in the area of research funding.

    Re-winning American hearts and minds. Weimar public diplomacy and the United States, 1902-1934. – (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dissertation). – NTNU Trondheim, 2017. – 404 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Elisabeth Piller studied American and German history at the University of Tennessee and the University of Heidelberg. Since autumn 2018, she has been doing research and teaching at the Centre for War Studies at University College Dublin.

    Der koreanische Garten in den Gärten der Welt. "Re"-Präsentation eines koreanischen Gartens im Westen. – (Freie Universität Berlin, Masterarbeit). – Freie Universität Berlin, 2017. – 131 Seiten – ifa-Bibliothek
    Maria Sobotka studied art history and economics. Her focus is on Chinese and Korean art and culture.


  • 2017 | Manuela Sato-Prinz, Lara Jüssen, Gurjit Badhesha


    Deutschlandbilder und Studienaustausch. Zur Veränderung von Nationenbildern im Rahmen von Studienaustauschaufenthalten am Beispiel japanischer Austauschstudierender in Deutschland. – Universität München, Dissertation). – München: Iudicium, 2017. – 295 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Manuela Sato-Prinz studied German as a foreign language, Japanese studies and intercultural communication at the University of Munich. She is currently a DAAD lecturer at Keio University in Tokyo.

    Animating Citizenship. Latin American World-Makers Resisting Crisis in Madrid. – (Universität Bonn, Dissertation). – Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2017. – 319 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Lara Jüssen studied Latin American studies at the Universities of Cologne and Buenos Aires. Today she does research at the Interdisciplinary Latin America Centre at the University of Bonn.

    The Marshall Plan Films and Filmmakers. The Relationship between Mediators and Local Elites in the Period of U.S. Imperial Consolidation, 1948-1953. – (Freie Universität Berlin, Masterarbeit). – Freie Universität Berlin, 2016, 66 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Gurjit Badhesha studied history and classical studies at the University of California and received a master’s degree in North American studies from the Free University of Berlin.


  • 2016 | Elena Korowin, Jens Adam


    Der 'Russen-Boom' 1970-1990. Sowjetische Ausstellungen als Mittel der Diplomatie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. – (Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Dissertation). – Köln: Böhlau, 2015. – 312 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Elena Korowin studied art studies, media theory and philosophy at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Since 2015, after a traineeship at the State Art Gallery in Baden-Baden, she has been working on her habilitation. Her research focuses on cultural transfer, cultural identities and the sociology of art.

    Kontaktzonen des Nationalen. Auswärtige Kulturpolitik als Konfliktprävention. Eine Ethnografie. – (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, dissertation). – Berlin: Humboldt-Universität, 2015. – 393 Seiten. –ifa-Bibliothek
    Jens Adam studied European ethnology and history at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He then worked as a cultural manager in Poland. His research focuses on the anthropology of the political, anthropological Europeanisation and humanitarianism research, and urban anthropology.


  • 2015 | Annika Hampel, Katayon Meier


    Fair Cooperation. Partnerschaftliche Zusammenarbeit in der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik. – (Universität Hildesheim, Dissertation). – Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2015. – 364 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Annika Hampel studied languages, economics, cultural area studies and applied cultural studies at the Universities of Passau and Lüneburg. Today she is the academic coordinator and managing director of the Africa Centre Freiburg & Merian Institute for Advanced Studies Africa at the University of Freiburg.

    Kultur und Erziehung. Neukantianische Pädagogik als transkulturelles Erziehungskonzept. – Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Dissertation). – Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2014. – 241 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Katayon Meier studied German at the University of Tehran in Iran and education and sociology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on transcultural education, migration and identity building.


  • 2014 | Leif H. Seibert


    Religious credibility under fire. A praxeological analysis of the determinants of religious legitimacy in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovian. – (Universität Bielefeld, Dissertation). – Universität Bielefeld, 2013. – 359 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Leif H. Seibert studied philosophy and religious studies at the University of Hanover. He does research on conflict and peace, the critique of religion and ideology, and theories and methods of the sociology of religion. He is currently a research associate in the Department of Systematic Theology at the University of Bielefeld.


  • 2013 | Reinhild Kreis


    Orte für Amerika: deutsch-amerikanische Institute und Amerikahäuser in der Bundesrepublik seit den 1960er Jahren. – (Universität München, Dissertation). – Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2012. – 424 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Reinhild Kreis studied modern and contemporary history, Bavarian regional history and contemporary German literature at the University of Munich. In her postdoctoral thesis, she is writing on the subject of 'do-it-yourself in the consumer age'.


  • 2012 | Jan Kruse


    Das Barcelona-Prinzip. Die Dreisprachigkeit aller Europäer als sprachenpolitisches Ziel der EU. – (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Dissertation). – Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2012. – XI, 296 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Jan Kruse studied general linguistics and philosophy and completed his studies in 2001 with a doctorandus (M.A.) at the University of Leiden. In 2012 he received his doctorate in German language and literature at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He works as a linguist and translator in Cologne.


  • 2010 | Patrick Schreiner


    Außenkulturpolitik. Internationale Beziehungen und kultureller Austausch. – (Universität Frankfurt, Dissertation). – Bielefeld: Transcript, 2011. – 448 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Patrick Schreiner studied political science and German studies at the University of Heidelberg. Since 2009 he has been working as an advisor in business, environment and Europe at the Lower Saxony - Bremen - Saxony-Anhalt division of the German Trade Union Federation.


  • 2009 | Olaf Praetorius


    Musiklehre und -lernen auf der Spur kultureller Authentizität? Südkoreanische Musikstudierende an deutschen Musikhochschulen. – (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, Examensarbeit). – Saarbrücken: VdM Müller, 2009. – 93 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Olaf Praetorius studied school music at the State Academy for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. At the University of Stuttgart, he completed his minor in mathematics in 2012 and began his teaching traineeship in 2013.


  • 2008 | Peter Ulrich Weiß, Tobias Mosig


    Kulturarbeit als diplomatischer Zankapfel. Die kulturellen Auslandsbeziehungen im Dreiecksverhältnis zwischen der DDR, der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Rumänien von 1950 bis 1972. – (Universität Potsdam). – München: Oldenbourg, 2010. – 424 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Peter Ulrich Weiß studied history and Romance studies at the Universities of Potsdam, Paris and Bucharest. Today he is a research assistant at the Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Research Potsdam.

    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. – (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen, Potsdam-Babelsberg). – Berlin: Vistas, 2008. – 236 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Tobias Mosig studied film and television production at the University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He currently lives in Berlin and works as a freelancer in the film and television industry.


  • 2007 | Isabel Schäfer


    Vom Kulturkonflikt zum Kulturdialog? Die kulturelle Dimension der Euro-Mediterranen Partnerschaft. – (Freie Universität Berlin, Dissertation). – Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2007. – 297 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Isabel Schäfer  studied pantomime in Paris and political science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the Free University of Berlin. She works as a freelance writer, consultant and lecturer.


  • 2006 | Udo M. Metzinger, Matthias Bode


    Hegemonie und Kultur. Die Rolle kultureller "soft-power" in der US-Außenpolitik. – (Universität zu Köln, Dissertation). – Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2005. – 248 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Udo M. Metzinger studied political science, German studies and history at the University of Cologne, completing his doctoral studies in Cologne and Washington, DC. He currently works as a lecturer and author, including in the Network for Civic Education at the Bundeswehr University Munich.

    Auswärtige Kulturpolitik zwischen Demokratisierung und Internationalisierung. Die frühe Bundesrepublik als Partner der UNESCO. – (Universität Göttingen, Magisterarbeit). – Universität Göttingen, 2005. – 152 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Matthias Bode studied medieval and modern history and law at the Universities of Göttingen and Newcastle. He did his doctorate on the development of foreign cultural administrative law at the law faculty of the University of Göttingen.


  • 2005 | Naika Foroutan


    Inter-zivilisatorische Kulturdialoge zwischen dem Westen und der islamischen Welt. Eine Strategie zur Regulierung von Zivilisationskonflikten. – (Universität Göttingen, Dissertation). – Wiesbaden: Dt. Univ.-Verl., 2004. – XIV, 315 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Naika Foroutan studied political science, Romance studies and Islamic studies at the University of Cologne. She has been the director of the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research since 2018.


  • 2003 | Ulrike Stoll


    Kulturpolitik als Beruf. Dieter Sattler (1906-1968) in München, Rom und Bonn. – (Universität, München, Dissertation). – München: Schöningh, 2005. – 594 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Ulrike Stoll studied at the University of Munich. In 2002 she submitted her doctoral thesis on Dieter Sattler.


  • 2002 | Robert Peise


    Ein Kulturinstitut für Europa. Untersuchungen zur Institutionalisierung kultureller Zusammenarbeit. – (Universität Hildesheim, Dissertation). – Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2003. – 296 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Robert Peise studied cultural education in Hildesheim. He works as a freelance writer in Hildesheim.


  • 2001 | Dirk Scholten-Akoun, Verena Andrei


    Sprachverbreitungspolitik des nationalsozialistischen Deutschlands. – (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Dissertation). – Frankfurt am Main: Lang, 2000. – XVIII, 445 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Dirk Scholten-Akoun studied German, philosophy and political science at the University of Duisburg-Essen. He is currently working there at the centre for teacher training.

    Die Auswärtige Sprachpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gegenüber den Staaten Mittel- und Südosteuropas und in der Europäischen Union. Eine Außenpolitikanalyse. – (Universität Tübingen, Magisterarbeit). – Universität Tübingen, 2000. – 134 Seiten. – ifa-Bibliothek
    Verena Andrei completed her master's degree in political science and modern German literature at the University of Tübingen. She worked as a research advisor for the Baden-Württemberg Foundation and is now head of the Welcome Centre Stuttgart.



Helene Dorfner

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.148