The extensive fellowship program of the DFK Paris enables predoctoral and early career art historians to conduct their research in France and to discuss it in with the institute´s team of researchers. The DFK Paris offers a range of opportunities, from annual to flexible three-month fellowships.


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 2022 (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:

Further information on the current annual subject can be found here.


Research Fellowships (3 months)

The DFK Paris offers flexible three-month fellowships to support research proposals that, due to the relevant body of source material or literature, necessitate study in France. These fellowships are primarily intended for doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in art history and neighboring disciplines. Projects may also relate thematically to the main research foci of the DFK Paris. The fellowship is open to international applicants. 

Research fellowships provide a monthly stipend of 1,750 euros (plus a monthly contribution of 250 euros for material costs and, if applicable, a child supplement). The fellowship also includes a workspace, specialized advising, and infrastructural support, as well as use of the institute’s resources. Permanent residents of Paris or the region of Île-de-France are not eligible to apply. Applicants must provide a cover letter, a CV, and a project description including an overview of the relevant source material (approx. 3 pages, supplemented by a detailed work plan and schedule) as well as a letter of recommendation. The application must be submitted in a single PDF file at least three months before the proposed start date of the research visit. The selection committee convenes three times a year. 

Application deadlines are January 15, May 15, and September 15

Please send applications to:


Research Fellowship DFK Paris | INHA

The DFK Paris and the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA)jointly offer a fellowship to study the history of the art market in France during the German occupation. International predoctoral and early career art historians wishing to conduct original research on the history of the art market in France between 1940 and 1944 are encouraged to apply.

The fellows will carry out their research in Paris within the framework of the DFK Paris and the INHA, spending six months at each institute. The fellowship aims to encourage research in this field as well as to provide the fellows with a stimulating working environment and facilitate their dialogue with archival institutions and international experts. 

The amount of the fellowship is 1,750 euros per month, September through August of the following year(plus a monthly contribution of 250 euros for material costs and, if applicable, a child supplement). The fellow will conduct research 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 each institute.

The selection committee meets once a year (usually in spring).


Paris x 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.

The Paris × Rome Fellowship is embedded and actively participates in the respective research foci of each institute. At the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the fellowship ties in with the Rome Contemporary initiative and research group, which examines modern and contemporary art in Rome; at the DFK Paris, it relates to the research areas of Transculturality and Mobility as well as History of Institutions and Sciences.

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 starting September 1 (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, German, or Italian; 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: and; subject line: “Paris × Rome Fellowship.”

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



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.


Website of the Max Weber Foundation


Fellowship Regulations

The DFK Paris’s fellowship regulations 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.

Dr. Julia Drost

Dr. Julia Drost

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

Documents and Call for Applications