Design Fellowship
in the ‘Curatorial Workshop’ Department

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation offers a two-year design fellowship (Volontariat) at the Curatorial Workshop (shorter duration possible if required).

The fellowship programme is to foster discourse-centred design, and designers that pursue a content-driven approach with strong formal sensibilities and an interest in the overlaps of theory and practice in design.

The fellowship will allow a graduate to explore and develop further the intertwined relationship of research with design practice – and experience the workings of an internationally operating cultural institution.

The fellow will be immersed in the unique architectural environment of the Bauhaus, will be in touch with unique artefacts of the collection and be involved in different cooperation projects of the foundation.

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is a federal foundation with a focus on arts and artistic research. It aims to preserve the legacy of the Bauhaus, engage in academic research and apply its approach to a contemporary world. The foundation has established itself as a significant research institution with an international network. Furthermore, the foundation is continuing to inspire artistic practices, design and architecture in the 21st century, and has broadened its reach with the opening of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau.

Your tasks

In collaboration with colleagues at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, you will develop specific design solutions, especially for exhibitions, displays, events, various mediation formats, as well as produce research on historical and methodical aspects of visual culture.

Your profile

  • Degree (B.A., M.A. or Diploma) in graphic design, product design, architecture or in a related field, up to 3 years after graduation
  • Macintosh proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software is required.
  • Working knowledge of 3D sketch, motion graphic and video editing applications beneficial but not required.
  • Interest in contemporary arts and current design and cultural issues
  • Excellent English language, communication and organizational skills
  • Being able to work to deadlines
  • Non-EU citizens must possess a valid work visa for the entire fellowship period.

Our offer

Work duties are 40h a week, flexible working hours, potentially also on weekends. Wages are 50% of salary category-13, step-1 TV-L (currently € 2,037.15 per month, before tax) with 30 paid vacation days.

For the duration of the fellowship the head of the Curatorial Workshop, Mr Oliver Klimpel, will be your line-manager. We support your attendance of internal and external trainee workshops or events.

On programme-related questions, please contact Mr Oliver Klimpel on +49-340-6508-280 or

Applications by designers with a migrant background are explicitly supported, if all application requirements are met. Applicants with disabilities will be, if with equal professional experience, considered favourably.


Please send your application including motivation, c.v., portfolio, expose of your final graduation project and thesis, by 19 August 2022 exclusively via email (in a single PDF file, 15MB max) to  – Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Kuratorische Werkstatt / Oliver Klimpel, Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview in person or via video conference call.

With your application some personal information might be collected and processed, in line with the data regulation act (DS-GVO) from 25 May 2018.

For further information, please contact Mrs Voigtländer, Human Resources, on +49-340-6508-310.

We are looking forward to your application.