International Exchange Programme ‘Memory Work’

As part of its international co-operation on the study and reappraisal of dictatorships and reigns of violence, the Bundesstiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur (Federal Foundation for the study of the Communist Dictatorship in Eastern Germany) is offering scholarships to participants in an international exchange programme on issues of ‘Memory Work’.

The aim of the programme is to encourage international exchange on issues of Memory Work, to thereby deepen all participants’ knowledge of the concerned countries’ histories and the ways these are addressed, and thus to contribute to a better understanding of current debates and the historical, political and social factors underlying them in their respective contexts.

Within the exchange programme, representatives of either german or foreign NGOs, commemorative projects and initiatives, independent archives, museums and other institutions involved in the study of dictatorships will be given an opportunity to work for a limited period of time at a relevant partner institution – either in Germany (for participants coming from other countries) or in an institution in a foreign country (for participants coming from Germany). In this respect representatives of a German institution may work at an institution involved in Memory Work abroad. Likewise representatives of foreign institutions dealing with the study of dictatorships and reigns of violence are welcome to work in an equivalent institution in Germany. The programme does not include a pure scientific exchange. It is aimed for institutions working in the field of memory work and dealing with the past like independent archives, Memorials, Museums and NGOs.

Applications for participation in the exchange programme must be submitted until 31 August 2018. The exchange projects may begin after 1st January 2019.