Goethe-Institut Fellowship at the documenta Institute: Call for Applications (Germany)

The Goethe-Institut, the documenta archiv and the Kunsthochschule Kassel / University of Kassel are launching their joint fellowship programme for international young scientists and researching artists and curators at the documenta Institute. Twice a year, starting in October 2020, one fellowship holder each – preferably from non-European countries or European countries comparatively underrepresented in the art context – will be invited to Kassel for a period of six months to conduct their research in relation to documenta. International fellows will benefit from a wealth of materials on documenta history and on modern and contemporary art stored at the documenta archiv, as well as from the exchange with the teams of the documenta archiv, the documenta Institute under development, the Kunsthochschule Kassel, the University of Kassel and their academic environment. Public events or publications in Kassel and, if possible, preferably also in the fellows' countries of origin, will lend visibility to the fellows' research and perspective.

The Goethe-Institut Fellowship at the documenta Institute makes it possible to examine diverse interdisciplinary and international references to the documenta exhibitions in art and contemporary history and to gain new insights with regards to art production and the networks emerging from it. It aims to contribute to further breaking open a Western European/North American dominated art historical canon and to expand it with new perspectives.

The programme runs from 1 October 2020 – 30 September 2023; the research stay for the first fellow should, if possible, begin on 1 October 2020 and last until March 31 2021. The residency will be located in Kassel.

Expected qualifications:

  • Excellent knowledge of modern and contemporary art, keen interest in the research fields indicated in the call for applications.

  • Experience with archival research, proven performance in projects already implemented in the field of scientific, artistic or curatorial research.

  • Knowledge of the German language, at least reading comprehension at B1/B2 level, is desirable (source materials are available mostly in German and untranslated!).

  • Applications from non-European or European countries underrepresented in the art context are especially welcome.


  • The fellowships are endowed with 2000€ per month. Fellowship holders must take out health insurance at their own expense and provide proof thereof. Travel allowances are envisaged.

  • The Goethe-Institut supports the fellows in applying for visas and other formal travel requirements from the country of origin. The documenta archiv and the documenta Institute in development will support the fellows after their arrival in Germany in dealing with the authorities, finding accommodation, taking out health insurance, etc.

  • During their researches, fellows are granted complete access to the inventory of the documenta archiv and will be supported in their work by the experienced staff of the documenta archiv and the documenta Institute in development.

  • The Kunsthochschule Kassel/University of Kassel facilitates the connection of the fellows to academic practice in Germany.

Deadline: 7 September 2020

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