DFK Paris’s extensive scholarship program enables young researchers to conduct research in France and to exchange their topics with the DFK team of researchers. The DFK Paris offers every year annual grants and also short-term research grants from one to three months.


Annual Grants

The German Center for Art History (DFK Paris) awards several annual grants (from September 2021 to August 2022) within a specific thematic framework, which will be announced in February. 

The grants are mainly geared toward PhD and postdoctoral students in art history whose research projects are related to the annual theme. The call for proposals will be announced internationally via the customary digital outlets. Final selections will be made by the DFK Paris.

The financial aid usually consists of a monthly stipend of €1,700. Grant recipients also receive expertise on institutions and research and may use the institute’s facilities. Please send your complete application (ca. 3 pages, including a brief project description, schedule and information on sources), CV and a letter of recommendation in one single PDF document.

Applications should be sent to:

Applications can be submitted until April of each year, further information.


Research Grants (6 to 8 months)

For further information, please consult the German or French version of our website.


Research Grants (1 to 3 months)

The German Center for Art History (DFK Par­is) offers grants lasting one to three months for research projects that require travel to France because of the location of primary and/or secondary sources. These grants are aimed at PhD and postdoctoral students. A thematic link with the research projects of the DFK Paris is also possible.

The financial aid usually consists of a monthly stipend of €1,700. Grant recipients also receive expertise on institutions and research and may use the institute’s facilities. Please send your application with a cover letter, a CV, including a project description, timetable and sources (3 pages maximum) in one single PDF document to the DFK Paris. The selection commitee is meeting three times per year. Applications can be submitted before January 15, May 15 and September 15.

Applications should be sent to:


Research Grant DFK Paris | INHA

The Institut national d'histoire de l'art and the German Centre for Art History (Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte - DFK Paris) are jointly awarding a scholarship to study the history of the art market in France during the German occupation. This scholarship is intended for art history researchers wishing to conduct original research on the history of the art market in France between 1939 and 1945. The fellow will carry out his research in Paris within the framework of these two institutions, spending six months at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art and six months at the German Centre for Art History. The aim is to encourage research in this field, to provide the laureates with a stimulating working environment and to facilitate exchanges with archival institutions and international experts. The German Centre for Art History and the National Institute for Art History have for several years been developing work and research on the history of the art market in the 20th century, in particular between France and Germany, as well as on international networks of art trade and art criticism. The two institutions cooperate within the framework of the bilateral programme "Répertoire des acteurs du marché de l'art en France sous l'Occupation allemande" (INHA/Technische Universität Berlin) which aims to describe the art market system of this period through its actors. Both institutions are thus well integrated into international work and documentation networks. It is from this environment that they wish to make young researchers benefit through the creation of this scholarship.

The amount of the scholarship is 1700 € per month for 12 months (January to December). The laureate will be hosted alternately for 6 months at INHA and 6 months at DFK Paris, each institution taking care of 6 months of scholarship. The scholarship holder will have a work space, as well as facilities specific to each institution. An interim and final progress report is expected.

Applications for the 2020 selection must be submitted online on the INHA platform before midnight on  12, October 2020 at the latest.

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


Paris | Rennes Grant

The German Center for Art History (DFK Par­is) offers grants lasting one to three months for research projects that require a stay in the Parisian archives or libraries and likewise in the Archives de la critique d'art in Rennes. This grant adresses to researchers of any academic degree without restrictions of nationality. A link with the research projects of the DFK Paris and the Archives de la critique d'art in Rennes is requested. For further information, please open the document opposite.

The DFK Paris provides financial support to cover living costs (usually €1,700 per month) and a workplace. The support also includes the use of the institute's resources as well as academic and structural advice. The Archives de la critique d'art cover the travel expenses for two round-trip tickets from Paris to Rennes as part of the archive visits. The grant recipient will also be offered their own workplace and assistance with accommodation at the Cité Internationale Paul Ricoeur in Rennes. The research stays can be carried out at any time except between July 15 and August 26. Please note that candidates with permanent residence in Paris, Île-de-France or Rennes are excluded from the application.

Please send your application with a cover letter, a CV, including a description of the project and the sources (3 pages maximum, plus a detailed timetable) in one single PDF document, directed to the selection committee of the DFK Paris by 15 January (decisions are made once a year in February), to the following address:

Paris x Rome Fellowship

The German Center for Art History (DFK Paris) – Institute of the Max Weber Foundation and the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte jointly offer a six-month research grant allowing fellows to spend three months each in the archives and/ or libraries of Rome and Paris, exchange ideas with the institutes’ researchers, and investigate transnational, art-historical perspectives in France and Italy.

The Paris x Rome Fellowship is embedded in the respective research foci of both institutes and actively participates in them: At the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the fellowship ties in with the “Rome Contemporary” initiative and research group, examining the art of the modern and contemporary period in Rome; at the DFK Paris with the epistemological debate on art relations during the cold war.

Pre-docs and post-docs in art history and neighbouring disciplines are invited to apply. The Paris x Rome Fellowship encompasses reimbursement of travel costs, a monthly stipend of at least €1,700 per month, and access to the resources as well as integration into the research initiatives of both institutes.

The application includes a CV, a list of publications, a description of the project with references and a detailed timetable in individual PDFs. The application can be written in German, French, Italian or English. Good French and Italian language skills are required. Residence is compulsory.

Please upload your application to the following platform by 15 July 2020:

Applications should be addressed to the directors of both institutes:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Kirchner
Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art/ Deutsches Forum für Kunstschichte
Hôtel Lully
45, rue des Petits Champs
F-75001 Paris

Prof. Dr. Tristan Weddigen
Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
Via Gregoriana 28
IT-00187 Rome


Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants

Once a year, supported by the Peters Beer Foundation, part of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft, the Max Weber Foundation (MWS) confers Gerald D. Feldman Travel Grants to young academics (humanities and social sciences) with an international focus. The scientists conduct a self-chosen research project in at least two and at most three host countries which are home to MWS institutes and branches or at the Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History. Placements (at most one month per host country, shorter stays are possible) are to be used for research, especially in libraries and archives. Academics are expected to produce transnational and transregional studies, providing research with new and original ideas.

Funding covers:

  • travel costs for travel to the foreign institute and back;
  • daily rates between € 27.00 and € 56.00 depending on the host country;
  • lodging in one of the institute’s inexpensive guest rooms depending on the host country chosen and on availability.

Countries and regions:
China, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Turkey, USA

Conditions for application:
Applications may be filed by highly qualified humanities and social science academics of any nationality (highest degree must be at least a Master, M.A., state examination or German Diplom) who have already published and can present a research plan. Applications for projects related to research priorities pursued by the Foundation’s institutes/branches will take precedence.

Application papers:
All application papers must be submitted in German or English. A complete application will comprise the following information:

  • completed application form;
  • a detailed presentation (max. 3-5 pages) of the intended research project, stating the sources which justify the stay in the specific host countries or at the institutes;
  • copies of certificates (examinations, PhD certificate);
  • list of publications;
  • a reference opinion from an expert which should provide information on the applicant’s status and the progress of work and be sent directly to the Max Weber Foundation’s central office;
  • a letter confirming supervision by the host institution in Germany, if applicable.

Seelction criteria:

  • Academic excellence
  • Transnational topic
  • Submitted project contributes to further academic qualification

Further information and contact:
The deadline for applications is every year at the beginning of October.


Grant Conditions

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