The Novo Nordisk Foundation awards up to DKK 30 million in grants every year for research in art and art history, and applications can be submitted for this field until 15 January 2020.
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.
A developing research field
The Foundation has increased grants in this field in recent years. Experienced researchers could begin to apply for an investigator grant within art history in 2017, and the Foundation began to offer guest professorships in art and art history in 2018. The overall amount available for project grants in this year’s application round has increased from DKK 2 million to DKK 3 million.
“The Novo Nordisk Foundation supports research within art and art history, because this field helps to challenge our habitual thinking and to create new ideas. Through art, we can get a fresh look at our lives and our world, and art also provides new perspectives for the natural sciences through interdisciplinary projects,” says Berith Bjørnholm, Head of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s grants within art and art history research.
A festive and inspirational day kicked off this year’s application round
To launch each year’s application round, the Foundation invites researchers and others interested in art and art history to the Foundation’s Art Day. The guest speaker at this year’s launch was Mary Kelly, artist and Judge Widney Professor, Roski School of Art and Design, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. She provided insight into how she works with experiencing and understanding historical moments by reproducing iconic, historical images from, for example, the women’s movement in works created using dryer lint.
The participants at Art Day were also inspired on how to design projects within research in art and art history. This was based on presentations by two grant recipients: Ruth S. Noyes, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Denmark, and David Hilmer Rex, PhD student, Aarhus University and Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, both of whom revealed some of their preliminary research results.
The Foundation is awarding several grants in this year’s application round that give researchers at all stages of their careers the opportunity to apply for support for art-related research projects. The grants are allocated within the following areas: PhD Scholarships, Postdoc Fellowships, Investigator Grants in Art History Research, Visiting Professorships in Art & Art History and Project Grants for Research in Art History.
The deadline for applications is 15 January 2020.
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