The Mads Øvlisen Postdoc Fellowships in Art History and Art & Sciences 2017, Novo Nordisk Fonden, Denmark


January 18, 2017

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The Novo Nordisk Foundation wishes to support ambitious researchers within art history and art to conduct excellent research projects leading to a significant contribution to art-related research in Denmark.

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


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.

There is no limitation in number of years from PhD degree (PhD age), however, the PhD degree or equivalent must have been obtained prior to submission of the application.

The applicant must be anchored at a university, museum or other knowledge institution in Denmark throughout the course of the fellowship programme.

Research Fields

The fellowships run for two years and are awarded to ambitious and talented researchers with excellent project proposals within the following three categories:

  • 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.
  • 1 postdoc fellowship within practice-based research is awarded to an applicant, whose research project is based on the applicants own 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.

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


Each scholarship amounts to DKK 1.2 million in total covering salary, operational costs and administrative fee.

Funding to cover administrative support MUST be included in the application, amounting to 5% of the grant budget that is applied for from the NNF. The administrative support:

  • can cover non-scientific, administrative expenses in relation to the project, such as accounting, administration related to payment of salaries and purchasing, hiring, as well as auditing and financial reporting on the project
  • cannot cover administrative expenses that are not directly related to the project
  • can via the host institution be shared between the institutions of the main- and co-applicants, as detailed in the application budget
  • is not automatically included in the grant, and MUST be stated/applied for in the application budget, but should not be specified in detail

The fellowship may not be used to cover:

  • Salary for and other costs related to supervisors
  • Overhead, (e.g. rent, electricity, water, heating, maintenance)


The application can be written in either English or Danish.

Selection Process

The evaluation of applications will occur through expert peer review.

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

  • Originality, quality and methodology
  • Academic qualifications of the applicant
  • Artistic/curatorial background (only for the practice-based fellowship)
  • Feasibility of the project, including research environment

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. The application may be submitted in English or Danish.


Grant capital: DKK 4,8 million

Application system opens: November 29, 2016

Deadline for applications: January 18, 2017, 4pm

Applicant notification date: Beginning of April 2017

Earliest possible start date: May 1, 2017

For more official information click "Further official information" below.

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Publish Date
December 14, 2016