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Mads Øvlisen PhD Scholarships within Art History and Practice-Based Artistic Research

Call opens
24 October 2023
Call closes
16 January 2024 2:00pm (CET)
Announcement of results
Mid April 2024
Recurring calls
November 2024
Application guidelines


The purpose of this grant is to give ambitious students the opportunity to pursue a research career within art history research and practice-based artistic research and thereby make a significant contribution to the field of art research in Denmark.



To be eligible for a Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship you must have obtained a Master’s degree or equivalent prior to submitting the application.

During the PhD programme you must be enrolled at a doctoral degree awarding institution, such as a university and be anchored at an administrating host institution in Denmark. The host institution is where you will be employed and for the most part conduct your work. The enrolment institution can function as your host institution, but so can other knowledge institutions such as museums and art academies. Enrollment and hosting letters must be attached to 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 the university and host institution early in the application process.

An applicant may submit only one application for a specific purpose/project per calendar year.

About the grant


Up to DKK 2.450.000 per grant


Committee on Research in Art and Art History


Contact regarding content: Clarissa Løkkegaard Engelholm. Contact regarding application/NORMA: Julie Krener.
Clarissa Løkkegaard Engelholm
Project Manager
+45 3527 6526 [email protected]
Julie Krener
Grant Manager
+45 2222 6426 [email protected]

Research Fields

Five scholarships are available for funding within the following four research fields:

Two PhD scholarships within art history research is awarded to applicants whose research projects are within the field of art history research with special emphasis on art history and/or art theory subjects from the period before or after 1900 in an international or Danish context. Preferentially one scholarship will be awarded in art history before 1900 and one in art history after 1900.

Two PhD scholarships within practice-based art research is awarded to applicants, whose research projects are based on the applicants’ artistic or curatorial practices. Preferentially one scholarship will be awarded in art and one in curating. The research projects must consist of a written dissertation and an artistic work/a curatorial examination, see the box below.

A fifth PhD scholarship with an extraordinary potential will be awarded to an applicant within any of the above categories regardless of field and era with a project proposal of very high quality with regard to originality in choice of research questions, hypothesis, methodology and/or empirical data. This scholarship cannot be specifically applied for.


The maximum that may be applied for is DKK 2,45 million per scholarship covering salary, operational costs, equipment, publication costs, conference participation, relocation expenses, travel costs, collaborative activities, tuition fee, bench fee and administrative support.

Assessment criteria

NNF’s Committee on Research in Art & Art history will evaluate the applications.

The committee will pay particular attention to the following aspects of the project proposal:

  • Originality, quality and theoretical methodology of the project proposal;
  • Academic qualifications of the applicant;
  • The applicant’s artistic/curatorial qualifications (only for practice-based projects)
  • Artistic/curatorial dimension of project and realisation hereof (only for practice-based projects); and
  • Feasibility of the project, including relevance of the project for the research environment at the Danish host institution.

Application Process

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 24 October 2023. The application can be submitted in Danish or English.


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