The Carl Schlettwein Foundation is located in the "Tscheggenbürlins Haus" at Klosterberg 21 in Basel. Established in 1994 with the charter to maintain the Basler Afrika Bibliographien founded and run by Carl Schlettwein, the Foundation is registered with the canton of Basel-Stadt as a non-profit organization. Its board consists of President Jörg H. Schwarzenbach, Pierrette Schlettwein, Luccio Schlettwein, Dr Veit Arlt, Dr Martin Lenz (actuary), and Dr Josef Zwicker. Luccio Schlettwein manages the Foundation's activities as a delegate of the board.
The Basler Afrika Bibliographien, a registered trademark of the Carl Schlettwein Foundation, is a specialized library founded in 1971, as well as an archive on Southern Africa. The library's extensive holdings on Namibia are internationally renowned.
Along with the financing of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien, the Carl Schlettwein Foundation awards fellowships to Namibian students in Southern Africa, supports selected research projects in Namibia, and finances lectureships, events, and research projects that have to do with Southern Africa. The foundation also publishes books under the imprint of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien.
The Foundation board meets twice a year for regular meetings, at which applications are discussed. The application deadlines are on September 30 and February 28 every year. The complete application criteria are listed in the following documents. No legal claim can be made about grant or award applications.
Since its founding in 1994, the Carl Schlettwein Foundation has given numerous grants and awards in the form of fellowships, lectureships, and financial support for events and projects, including the following:
Lectureships at the University of Basel: