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Investigator Grant in Art History Research

Grant capital
DKK 8 million


Application form opens
November 1, 2018

Application deadline
January 16, 2019 at 2pm



This is a yearly recurring call.
The next application round is expected to open in November 2019.

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Committee on Research in Art and Art History

Jacob Wamberg, Mads Øvlisen, Maria Fabricius Hansen, Marianne Torp, Sanne Kofod Olsen

Link to committee

Application instructions have been updated as of 31 October 2018


The purpose of this grant is to give the most talented researchers within art history the best conditions to carry out dedicated, high level research for a longer period thus leading to a substantial contribution to art history research in Denmark.



To be eligible you must work within the field of art history research and be anchored at a university, museum or other knowledge institution in Denmark (administrating host institution) during the grant period. You must submit a commitment letter from your host institution with the application.


Applicants must be at a postdoctoral, senior researcher, assistant/associate professor or professor level and have carried out documented, independent, original and significant research. Applicants can be permanently employed at the knowledge institution or not yet have obtained permanent employment.


The application must have one lead applicant, an ‘investigator’, who is the primary grant recipient and clear driver of the project. However, the investigator grants are also open to one or more co-applicants who contribute academically to the project and who will receive a financial share of the grant as detailed in the application. The same eligibility requirements above also apply to co-applicants.


PhD student and postdocs may also be included in the project, however not as co-applicants, but financed as part of the project.



Research projects can focus on all eras within art history from prehistoric to modern times and art history in a broad sense, meaning paintings, architecture, sculpture, performance, bio-art, photo, film, digital art etc., however with clear relevance for the visual arts in an international or Danish context. The project proposal must also demonstrate academic relevance for the research environment at the Danish host institution.


The foundation does not support projects within preservation or archaeology.



Two grants are available for funding, each at a level of DKK 1 million per year for a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years. Grant funding is available for salary, operating expenses and direct project costs.


Project applications for a duration of less than 2 years will not be considered.



It is important that applicants carefully read the “Information and Guidelines for Applicants”, before initiating the application process, as this document contains the complete call as well as detailed instructions for the application process.


The application must be completed and submitted using the foundation’s application system, which can be accessed via this website from 1 November 2018.



Henriette Balslev

Senior Administrator

Tlf.: +45 3527 6622