Great news and opportunity for proponents of Edo History as University Of Hamburg is awarding a 36 month scholarship to a Nigerian National to work with their research team in Hamburg, Germany. The research is on the invasion of Benin City in 1897 and the looting of valuable artifacts afterwards. This notice was published on the school's website which read:
"We are pleased to announce (subject to final approval) a scholarship of up to 36 months for a Nigerian national to work both in Nigeria and with our research team in Hamburg/Germany on a research project covering the looting, collecting and exhibition of the well-known bronze sculptures from Benin. Our special focus will lie on their significance in a colonial context. We are looking particularly for a historian who is willing to undertake research for a Ph.D. in history, working on the occupation of Benin City by British forces in 1897 and the looting of the city as well as the ways in which the artifacts were distributed amongst the colonial forces and removed from the colony and brought to Europe.
Simultaneously, two German historians will engage in an in-depth study of the complex history of the Benin artworks. It is expected that the holder of the Nigerian scholarship will engage intensively both with the other two historians and the research group in general. For this purpose, an extended residence in Hamburg of 8-12 months is required.