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The Mads Øvlisen postdoc fellowships

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.

Committee on Research in Art and Art History

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

Link to committee

The call and application guidelines will be updated before the next application round opens.


The purpose of this funding scheme is to support ambitious researchers to conduct excellent research projects leading to a significant contribution to art-related research in Denmark.


With this call, The Novo Nordisk Foundation invites outstanding researchers to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship within art history, practice-based artistic research, or art & natural sciences.



Researchers holding a PhD degree or equivalent (magister degree supplemented with further research or other equivalent research activity) are eligible to apply for a postdoc fellowship.


There is no limitation in number of years from PhD degree (PhD age), however, for younger applicants the PhD degree or equivalent must have been obtained prior to submission of the application.


Applicants for the practice-based fellowship are eligible to apply with a Master degree supplemented with a professional artistic or curatorial practice and substantial artistic or curatorial production.


All applicants must be anchored at a university, museum or other knowledge institution (host institution) in Denmark throughout the course of the fellowship program. A letter of commitment from the host institution must be submitted with the application.


Please note that some universities and institutions may have internal deadlines that fall before the Novo Nordisk Foundation application deadline and applicants are therefore encouraged to contact a relevant host institution as soon as possible.



The fellowships run for two years and are awarded to ambitious and talented researchers with excellent project proposals within the following three research fields:


  • 2 postdoc fellowships within art history are awarded to applicants, whose research projects are within the field of art history with special emphasis on art history and/or art theory subjects.
  • 1 postdoc fellowship within practice-based research is awarded to an applicant, whose research project is based on the applicants own artistic or curatorial practice.
  • 1 postdoc fellowship within art & natural sciences is awarded to an applicant, whose research project examines the interdisciplinary field of art history & natural sciences in a broad sense, including bio- and medical sciences and/or technology in contemporary or historical contexts.


You can read more about the fellowships in the information and guidelines for applicants.



The Novo Nordisk Foundation will award up to four postdoc fellowships. The maximum that may be applied for is DKK 1.5 million per fellowship covering salary, operational costs and administrative support.



It is important that you 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 from November 1, 2017. The application may be submitted in English or Danish.



Henriette Balslev

Senior Administrator

Tlf.: +45 3527 6622


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