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Novo Nordisk Foundation welcomes applications for research in art and art history

The annual application round for research in art and art history is now open until 20 January 2021. Beginning this year, the Foundation offers an additional postdoctoral fellowship grant for practice-based research. Photo: Marie Kølbæk Iversen: Liber, 2020. Photo courtesy: ARIEL and Malle Madsen.

Every year, the Novo Nordisk Foundation awards grants for research in art and art history. This year’s application round is now underway, with grants totalling up to DKK 31.5 million for projects from the PhD level to projects for experienced researchers. Applications may be submitted until 20 January 2021.

Research in art and art history has been a regular feature of the Foundation’s grants for more than 40 years. The Foundation aims to give the most talented researchers the opportunity to undertake large research projects and thereby make a meaningful contribution to research in art and art history in Denmark.

Increased support for practice-based research in art and curating
This year, the Foundation has added an extra postdoctoral fellowship grant to the application round, so from now on there will be two Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellowships in practice-based research in art and curating. An artist or curator who receives a practice-based fellowship investigates the hypotheses of the research project based on the artist or curator’s own practice.

“The Novo Nordisk Foundation is proud to support research in art and art history. We have a strong group of excellent researchers within this field in Denmark and receive proposals for original and exciting research projects of high quality every year. Practice-based research is a special category that we want to strengthen and develop. We have therefore expanded our grants to include an additional postdoctoral fellowship in this field. We are looking forward to seeing the applications for this grant and all the other grants,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Senior Vice President of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s grants within art and art history research.

Grants for researchers at all levels
The Foundation is awarding several grants in this year’s application round, thereby giving researchers at all career levels the opportunity to apply for grants for projects on practice-based art research and art history research. The grants are allocated within the following areas: PhD scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, Investigator Grants, visiting professorships and project grants for research in art history.

Art Inspirational Meeting kicked off this year’s application round
The annual Art Inspirational Meeting marked the opening of the application round. This year’s guest speaker at the virtual event was art historian Professor David Freedberg from Columbia University, who got to the heart of the emotional reactions that art can trigger in his lecture entitled: ”What does art matter? What use is art history?”

As part of the virtual meeting, two of the Foundation’s previous grant recipients presented their research projects. PhD student Marie Kølbæk Iversen from Aarhus University and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts presented her practice-based research project with the talk “Eksperiment i aktiv mytisk tænkning”. Dehlia Hannah, postdoctoral fellow in art and natural science at Aalborg University in Copenhagen then presented her research project entitled “The Imaginary Museum of Philosophical Monsters”.

See the presentations from the Art Inspirational Meeting here:

Why does art matter? What use is art history?”, David Freedberg, Professor, Columbia University

Eksperiment i aktiv mytisk tænkning”, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, PhD student in practice-based art, Aarhus University and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

The Imaginary Museum of Philosophical Monsters”, Dehlia Hannah, postdoctoral fellow in art and the natural sciences, Aalborg University in Copenhagen.

See the Foundation’s presentation of this year’s application round.

The deadline for applications is 14:00 on 20 January 2021.

 Further information

Clarissa Løkkegaard Engelholm, Project Specialist, +45 7730 1583, [email protected]

Christian Mostrup, Senior Programme Lead, Communications, +45 3067 4805, [email protected]