The fellowship program of the DFK Paris enables international predoctoral and early career art historians to conduct their own France-related research in the host country and to discuss it in the circle of arthistorians working at the institute. This also includes two cooperation fellowships with the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome and with the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art in Paris.



Fellowships for Master’s Students

Term: 2-3 months 
Application deadline: will be announced
Start date: will be announced

In summer semester 2024, the German Center for Art History Paris (DFK Paris) will offer its first-ever fellowships for master’s students, with a term of two to three months (the start date can be freely chosen but can be no earlier than 1 April 2024). The fellowships are intended primarily for very advanced students at German-speaking universities whose master’s theses relate to art or art theory in France or who would like to work with specific holdings in the library of the DFK Paris. The fellowship seeks to facilitate the research and writing of the master’s thesis, thereby introducing junior scholars to research in France at an early stage in their careers and allowing them to gain qualifications in international research. A mentorship program at the DFK Paris supports students with regard to networking and orientation in Paris. Award recipients are selected by the DFK Paris.
The funding amount is generally 1,100 euros per month (plus a monthly research stipend of 250 euros). In addition, the fellowship comes with a workspace at the DFK Paris and use of the institute’s resources.

The application consists of a project description and an overview of the sources (max. 3 pages, plus a detailed workplan and timeline), as well as a CV and a letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the master’s thesis; materials must be submitted, in the form of a single PDF file, by the date specified in the advertisement.

Application materials are due by (will be announced)
to: stipendien@dfk-paris.org



Bi-annual Fellowships

Every two years, the DFK Paris awards several fellowships for a period up to 24 months (usually starting in fall) to researchers who demonstrate a strong engagement with their respective areas of study. The fellowships are primarily intended for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in the field of art history whose research projects are related to the institute’s annual theme. The fellowship is open to international applicants. Selections are made by the DFK Paris. 

With its annual themes, the institute engages in current discussions within the discipline and integrates the fellows into a multifaceted program of study. Working in a variety of formats – such as lectures, workshops, reading groups, excursions, study days, and the culminating annual congress – helps to refine the individual projects and, at the same time, encourages their connection to longer-term research emphases at the institute. Renowned experts guide the fellows in their research throughout the funding period. 

Fellowships provide a monthly stipend of 1,750 euros starting September (plus a monthly contribution of 250 euros for material costs and, if applicable, a child supplement). The fellowship also includes a workspace at the DFK Paris, specialized advising, and infrastructural support, as well as use of the institute’s resources. Applications must consist of a CV, a project description including an overview of the relevant source material (approx. 5 pages, supplemented by a detailed work plan and schedule), and a letter of recommendation – to be submitted in a single PDF file until the mentioned deadline.

Please send applications to: stipendien@dfk-paris.org.



Research Fellowship DFK Paris | INHA

The German Center for Art History Paris (DFK Paris) and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) jointly offer a one-year fellowship, effective 1 September 2024. The fellowship is intended for outstanding art historians from France, Germany, or abroad who are at the beginning of their careers (doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers). The goal of this funding opportunity is to support scholarly work with innovative research approaches that open up new perspectives in art history. Not only should the theme and methodology of the project connect to the operative research orientations of each institute, but the fellow’s presence in Paris must also be necessary to the execution of the work. It is a condition of the fellowship that the selected candidate remains in close contact and exchange with both institutes during the funding period and resides predominantly in Paris. 
The fellow conducts research for six months at the DFK Paris (starting in September 2024) and six months at the INHA (from March 2025 onwards). The selected candidate can expect a stimulating working environment that will facilitate both archival access and the exchange of ideas with international experts. 
The amount of the fellowship is 1,750 euros per month for a period of 12 months (plus a monthly flat-rate allowance of 250 euros for material costs and, if applicable, a child supplement). The recipient will be funded as a scholar for six months at the DFK Paris and six months at the INHA. The award also includes a workspace and use of the infrastructural resources of both institutes. 

The selection committee meets once a year.

Please refer to the document on the right for more information.



Paris × Rome Fellowship

The DFK Paris and the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History jointly offer a six-month research fellowship that allows the fellows to spend three months each in Paris and Rome to conduct research in archives and libraries and exchange ideas with resident researchers, exploring transnational art-historical perspectives across France and Italy.

Both pre- and postdoctoral researchers in art history and neighboring disciplines are invited to apply. The Paris × Rome Fellowship includes reimbursement of travel expenses and, for living expenses, a monthly stipend of at least 1,750 euros (plus a monthly contribution of 250 euros for material costs and, if applicable, a child supplement). Fellows are also granted use of the institutes’ resources and are integrated into their research initiatives. Applications, which must include a CV and a project description, may be formulated in English, French or German; however, proficiency in French and Italian are required. It is a condition of the fellowship that the recipient remain primarily in Paris or Rome and in close exchange with the two institutes for the duration of the funding period.

Please send applications in a single PDF file to the following addresses by the date specified in the advertisement: stipendien@dfk-paris.org and bewerbungen@biblhertz.it (subject line: “Paris × Rome Fellowship”).


Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

Once a year the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to predoctoral and early career academics with an international focus.

The travel grants are meant to expand the professional opportunities for humanities and social science researchers early in their careers. The recipients develop their proposed research projects in at least two and at most three host countries, either at MWS institutes or branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. The total term of funding shall not exceed three months. Placements (at most one month per host country, with shorter stays possible) are to be used for research, particularly in libraries and archives. The recipients are expected to produce transnational and transregional research, imbuing scholarship with new and original ideas. The research placements should ideally be completed within 12 months – and must be completed within 24 months – of receipt of the grant.

Please note: Due to the current situation, it is currently not possible to apply for travel grants for Russia. 

Countries and Regions: Egypt, Germany, China, France, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Singapore, Czech Republic, Turkey, United States. 

For further information and detailed application modalities, please consult the website of the Max Weber Foundation.

Contact: feldman@maxweberstiftung.de


Fellowship Regulations

The DFK Paris’s fellowship regulations outlines the funding application parameters of the institute. These include the general objective, application requirements, selection of scholarship recipients, grant amounts and disbursement, but also obligations, revocation, and reimbursement.


Documents and Call for Applications