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Novo Nordisk Foundation Establishes Visiting Professorship Within Art and Art History to Attract Top Researchers to Denmark

Art and art history research and education institutions in Denmark will now have the opportunity to attract visiting professors from abroad with financial support from the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

The Foundation is establishing the Novo Nordisk Foundation Visiting Professorship in Art and Art History, with annual funding of DKK 3 million. Up to two professorships will be offered annually for 3–12 months. The maximum funding per professorship is DKK 125,000 per month or DKK 1.5 million over 12 months.

Visiting professors should be senior researchers or artists at the professor level from an internationally recognized research institution or school of art.

The aim of the professorships is to create opportunities to link significant international capacities within art and art history to education and research institutions in Denmark. This will add international experience and knowledge to the art and art history research environments, creating vision and insight on the current trends in art and art history. Another aim is to contribute to establishing an international research network and collaborations.

Niels-Henrik von Holstein-Rathlou, Head of Research and Innovation Grants, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says: “We expect that the new visiting professorships will greatly benefit the art and art history environments in Denmark. They will contribute to strengthening international collaboration and will positively boost research and teaching within art and art history in Denmark.”

Universities and higher education institutions in fine arts in Denmark that engage in research and teaching in art and art history may apply for the visiting professorships.

With these new professorships, the Foundation is further increasing its funding of art. Last year, the Foundation established its Investigator Grant in Art History programme, simultaneously expanding the number of PhD scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships. The Foundation now awards a total of nine scholarships and fellowships within art history and practice-based art history annually. With these new professorships, the Foundation is increasing the overall annual funding in this field to DKK 29 million.

Applications for the first visiting professorships can be submitted via the Foundation’s website from 15 November 2017.


Christian Mostrup Scheel, Senior Press Officer, phone: +45 3067 4805, [email protected]