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Mads Øvlisen Postdoc Fellowships

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 support ambitious researchers to conduct research projects leading to a significant contribution to art-related research in Denmark.

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

Research Fields

Up to five fellowships of two years’ duration will be awarded to 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.

2 postdoc fellowships within practice-based research are awarded to applicants, whose research projects are based on the applicants’ 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. The project should be of theoretical character, but practice-based research in art and/or curating may be included.

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

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. Applicants must have obtained the PhD degree or equivalent prior to submission of the application. For applicants who have not yet obtained approval of their PhD thesis, applications will only be considered if the supervisor’s statement is received by the Novo Nordisk Foundation by 14 March 2024. The PhD degree must have been obtained before the postdoc fellowship can be activated.

If you are applying without a PhD degree, you must upload documentation that your research activity is substantial and equivalates the research level of a PhD degree.

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

Applicants must be anchored at a university, museum or other knowledge institution (administrating host institution) in Denmark throughout the course of the fellowship program. You do not have to be employed at the host institution at the time of application, but you must upload a letter of commitment from the institution 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 early in the application process.

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

About the grant


DKK 1.800.000 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]


The Novo Nordisk Foundation will award up to five postdoc fellowships. The maximum that may be applied for is DKK 1.8 million per fellowship covering expenses such as salary, operational costs, equipment, publication costs, conference participation, collaborative activities, travel costs, bench fee and administrative support.

Assessment criteria

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

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

  • Originality, quality and 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 the 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 may be submitted in Danish or English.


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