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

In 2020, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen will award the Research Award on Foreign Cultural Policy for the 20th time. The award 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 2019 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
    Gudrun Czekalla
    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.

  • Deadlines

    Proposals can be submitted until 31 March 2020.

Award-winning works


Tobias Reichard: Musik für die 'Achse'. Deutsch-italienische Musikbeziehungen unter Hitler und Mussolini bis 1943
(University of Hamburg)
Im Bestand der ifa-Bibliothek

  • Über Tobias Reichard

    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.


Dominik Herzner: Deutsche Auslandsschulen in Spanien. Instanzen Auswärtiger Kulturpolitik zwischen Konflikt und Kooperation
(Technical University of Aachen, Faculty of Philosophy)
In the ifa library

  • About Dominik Herzner

    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 at RWTH Aachen University, Herzner worked at the University of Regensburg at the Centre for Language and Communication.

2018 | Shared ifa Research and Advancement Award

Sonja Großmann: Sowjetische Freundschaftsgesellschaften in Westeuropa. Instrumente und Akteure der Cultural Diplomacy im Kalten Krieg. 1945–1991
(University of Tübingen)
In the ifa library

  • About Sonja Großmann

    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.

Elisabeth Piller: Re-winning American hearts and minds. Weimar public diplomacy and the United States, 1902-1934
(Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
In the ifa library

  • About Elisabeth Piller

    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.

Maria Sobotka: Der koreanische Garten in den Gärten der Welt. "Re"-Präsentation eines koreanischen Gartens im Westen
(Free University of Berlin)
In the ifa library

  • About Maria Sobotka

    Maria Sobotka studied art history and economics. Her focus is on Chinese and Korean art and culture.

2017 | Shared ifa Research and Commendation

Manuela Sato-Prinz: Deutschlandbilder und Studienaustausch. Zur Veränderung von Nationenbildern im Rahmen von Studienaustauschaufenthalten am Beispiel japanischer Austauschstudierender in Deutschland
(University of Munich)
In the ifa library

  • About Manuela Sato-Prinz

    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.

Lara Jüssen: Animating Citizenship. Latin American World Makers Resisting Crisis in Madrid
(University of Bonn, Institute for Archeology and Cultural Anthropology)
In the ifa library

  • About Lara Jüssen

    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.

Gurjit Badhesha: The Marshall Plan Films and Filmmakers: the Relationship between Mediators and Local Elites in the Period of U.S. Imperial Consolidation, 1948-1953
(Free University of Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies)
In the ifa library

  • About Gurjit Badhesha

    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 | Shared ifa Research Award

Elena Korowin: Der 'Russen-Boom' 1970-1990.  Sowjetische Ausstellungen als Mittel der Diplomatie in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
(Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design)
In the ifa library

  • About Elena Korowin

    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.

Jens Adam: Kontaktzonen des Nationalen. Auswärtige Kulturpolitik als Konfliktprävention. Eine Ethnografie
(Humboldt University in Berlin)
In the ifa library

  • About Jens Adam

    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 | Shared ifa Research Award

Annika Hampel: Fair Cooperation. Partnerschaftliche Zusammenarbeit in der Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik
(University of Hildesheim Foundation, Institute for Cultural Policy)
In the ifa library

  • About Annika Hampel

    Dr 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.

Katayon Meier: Kultur und Erziehung. Neukantianische Pädagogik als transkulturelles Erziehungskonzept
(Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, General Education)
In the ifa library

  • About Katayon Meier

    Dr 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.


Leif H. Seibert: Religious credibility under fire. A praxeological analysis of the determinants of religious legitimacy in postwar Bosnia and Herzegovian
(University of Bielefeld, Sociology)
In the ifa library

  • About Leif H. Seibert

    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.


Reinhild Kreis: Orte für Amerika: deutsch-amerikanische Institute und Amerikahäuser in der Bundesrepublik seit den 1960er Jahren
(University of Munich)
In the ifa library

  • About Reinhild Kreis

    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'.


Jan Kruse: Das Barcelona-Prinzip. Die Dreisprachigkeit aller Europäer als sprachenpolitisches Ziel der EU
(University of Duisburg-Essen, German Linguistics)
In the ifa library

  • About Jan Kruse

    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.


Patrick Schreiner: Außenkulturpolitik. Internationale Beziehungen und kultureller Austausch
(University of Frankfurt)
In the ifa library

  • About Patrick Schreiner

    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 | Advancement Award

Olaf Praetorius: Musiklehre und -lernen auf der Spur kultureller Authentizität? Südkoreanische Musikstudierende an deutschen Musikhochschulen
(State Academy for Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart)
In the ifa library

  • About Olaf Praetorius

    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 | Research and Advancement Award

Peter Ulrich Weiß: Kulturarbeit als diplomatischer Zankapfel. Die kulturellen Auslandsbeziehungen im Dreiecksverhältnis zwischen der DDR, der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und Rumänien von 1950 bis 1972
(Centre for Contemporary History Research, University of Potsdam)
In the ifa library

  • About Peter Ulrich Weiß

    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.

Tobias Mosig: 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
(University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg)
In the ifa library

  • About Tobias Mosig

    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 various positions in the film and television industry.


Isabel Schäfer: Vom Kulturkonflikt zum Kulturdialog? Die kulturelle Dimension der Euro-Mediterranen Partnerschaft
(Otto Suhr Institute of the Free University of Berlin)
In the ifa library

  • About Isabel Schäfer

    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 | Research and Advancement Awards

Udo M. Metzinger: Hegemonie und Kultur. Die Rolle kultureller "soft-power" in der US-Außenpolitik
(Research Institute for Political Science and European Issues at the University of Cologne)
In the ifa library

  • About Udo Metzinger

    Udo 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.

Matthias Bode: Auswärtige Kulturpolitik zwischen Demokratisierung und Internationalisierung. Die frühe Bundesrepublik als Partner der UNESCO
(University of Göttingen, Seminar for Medieval and Modern History)
In the ifa library

  • About Matthias Bode

    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.


Naika Foroutan: Inter-zivilisatorische Kulturdialoge zwischen dem Westen und der islamischen Welt. Eine Strategie zur Regulierung von Zivilisationskonflikten
(University of Göttingen)
In the ifa library

  • About Naika Foroutan

    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.


Ulrike Stoll: Kulturpolitik als Beruf. Dieter Sattler (1906-1968) in München, Rom und Bonn
(University of Munich)
In the ifa library

  • About Ulrike Stoll

    Ulrike Stoll studied at the University of Munich. In 2002 she submitted her doctoral thesis on Dieter Sattler.


Robert Peise: Ein Kulturinstitut für Europa. Untersuchungen zur Institutionalisierung kultureller Zusammenarbeit
(University of Hildesheim Foundation, Institute for Cultural Policy)
In the ifa library

  • About Robert Peise

    Robert Peise studied cultural education in Hildesheim. He currently works as a freelance writer in Hildesheim.

2001 | Research and Advancement Awards

Dirk Scholten-Akoun: Sprachverbreitungspolitik des nationalsozialistischen Deutschlands
(University Duisburg-Essen)
In the ifa library

  • About Dirk Scholten-Akoun

    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.

Verena Andrei: Die Auswärtige Sprachpolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gegenüber den Staaten Mittel- und Südosteuropas und in der Europäischen Union. Eine Außenpolitikanalyse
(University of Tübingen)
In the ifa library

  • About Verena Andrei

    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.


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