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 2020 to August 2021) 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, more information


Research Grants

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:


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 1700€/ month, and access to the resources as well as integration into the research initiatives of both institutes. Applications consist of a CV and brief description of the proposed research project. The application can be in German, French, Italian, or English. Competency in French and Italian is required. The Paris X Rome fellowship is an in-residence program.

Please upload your application from July 23 until August 18, 2019 on the following platform:

Prof. Thomas Kirchner
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 Rom


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.

Dr. Julia Drost

Dr. Julia Drost

Research Director / Head of Young Researchers Programs
Phone +33 (0)1 42 60 67 97

Documents and Call for Applications