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.


Please note: 
We are currently planning to restructure our three-month fellowships. We will inform you about the new profile here shortly.


Annual Fellowships

Each year, the DFK Paris awards several fellowships for a period of 12 months (September to August of the following year) 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 yearly 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.

Please note: Exceptionally, there will be no call for applications for 2023/24, as the current annual theme has been extended from one to two years. The next call for applications will be in 2024.


Research Fellowship DFK Paris | INHA

The DFK Paris and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) jointly offer a one-year fellowship, effective 1 October 2023. 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 and six months at the INHA. The selected candidate can expect a stimulating working environ¬ment that will faciliate 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 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.

Application deadline: June 30, 2023


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”).

For further information and detailed application modalities, please consult the document opposite.

Application deadline: September 15, 2023


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.

Countries and Regions: Egypt, Germany, 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 document opposite and 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.

Dr. Julia Drost

Dr. Julia Drost

Research Director / Head of Research Funding Opportunities
Phone +33 (0)1 42 60 67 97
Katharina Kolb

Katharina Kolb, M.A.

Assistant for Research Funding Opportunities and Communication (Print Media)
Phone +33 (0)1 42 60 32 36


Documents and Call for Applications