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Novo Nordisk Foundation calls for new applications for research in art and art history

The Foundation’s annual application round for research in Art and Art History is now open until 13 January 2022. The photo (©David Stjernholm) shows an installation from Nanna Debois Buhl, who received a Mads Øvlisen PhD scholarship in practice-based art research in 2019.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation awards research grants within art and art history every year. The grants are awarded to researchers at different levels from Ph.D. to senior researchers.

The application round is now open, and applications can be submitted until 13 January 2022. The Foundation is awarding up to DKK 33.5 million in this round.

New initiatives and more collaboration between institutions
The current round will enable institutions to submit collective applications for project grants for art history research or for visiting professorships within art and art history.

The grants will bring new knowledge and inspiration to the relevant institutions and will boost opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration between researchers and students.

This research field is continuing to develop, which is also reflected through the Mads Øvlisen Postdoctoral Fellowships. Every year, one fellowship is awarded to an applicant whose research project transcends disciplines and addresses the interaction between art history and natural science in a broad sense. The project must still be theoretical, but from this year, can include practice-based research in art or curating.

“The Novo Nordisk Foundation has supported art research for more than 40 years, and we look forward to greater focus on interdisciplinary collaboration between institutions. We are proud to support art research that can accommodate collaborations and also provide new perspectives on the natural sciences,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Head of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s grants within Art and Art History research.

Art Award Celebration kicked off this year’s application round
The Novo Nordisk Foundation’s recent annual Art Award Celebration attended by researchers and others interested in art and art history marked the opening of the application round.

The celebration gave the participants an opportunity to be inspired in designing their own research projects within art and art history. This year’s guest speaker was Caroline A. Jones, Professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, who gave a lecture entitled: “Symbionts: The Contemporary Art of Interspecies Entanglement”.

As part of the celebration, two recipients of Mads Øvlisen scholarships and fellowships presented their research projects. PhD student Nanna Debois Buhl from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts presented her practice-based research project “Sky Studies: Cosmic Code, Images and Imaginaries”. Jesper Svenningsen from SMK – National Gallery of Denmark then presented some of his current research results on Christian Tetzen-Lund’s collection of modern art.

Application round now open

The deadline for applications in the current round is 2:00 pm on 13 January 2022.

Applicants can apply for the following grants:

Mads Øvlisen PhD Scholarships

Mads Øvlisen Postdoc Fellowships

Novo Nordisk Foundation Visiting Professorship in Art & Art History

Investigator Grant in Art History Research

Project Grants for Research in Art History

Further information

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

Sofie Hoxer, Grant Specialist, +45 2465 0140, [email protected]