Goethe-Fellowship at Documenta Archiv

Our fellowship programme in association with the documenta archiv provides an opportunity to explore a wide range of historical and art historical, interdisciplinary and international aspects of the documenta exhibition and gain new insights into art production as well as networks that have been created. The fellowship programme seeks to contribute new perspectives on the Western European and North American art canon.

Photographs and film reels from the archives documenta archiv / Anita Back

Conditions of Funding

young international academics, artists and curators engaged in research. Applications from researchers based in Germany or in German-speaking countries cannot be considered.

We provide a €2,000 monthly stipend for six months of research into the documenta in Kassel, as well as assistance in applying for a visa, finding housing, dealing with German bureaucracy/paperwork, and researching the documenta archives. The two fellowships will be carried out from 1 April 2024 to 30 September 2024. As possible, the research stay should begin latest on 15 April.

  • Excellent knowledge of modern and contemporary art as well as a strong interest in the research areas outlined in the Call for Applications.
  • Experience with archival research; demonstrated accomplishments from projects completed in a field of scholarly, artistic, or curatorial research.
  • Residence in Kassel required during the fellowship
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the German language, ideally at the C1 level

The application must be handed in digitally via the Goethe-Instituts application portal. It should be in German (in justified exceptional cases, in English) and the following information must be provided in the portal:
  • short biography
  • short summary of the research project
as well as, combined into one single pdf-document:
  • 1 page with an elaborated abstract of the research project being planned, including a time schedule and a proposal for presentation of the results (max. 3600 characters)
  • 2 pages with curriculum vitae (incl. proof of German and other language skills)
  • 2 reference letters (max. one page each)
Applications must be handed in digitally via the Goethe-Institut’s application portal. Please find the link to the portal below once the portal is opened on January 2.

Next application deadline

The next application deadline for the Goethe-Fellowship at documenta archiv is 31 January 2024 at 3 PM (CET).

Please take note of the following documents:  


Eva Schmitt
Visual Arts Division | questions regarding the fellowship
Martin Groh
Research Associate documenta archiv | questions regarding the documenta archiv
Brigitta Coers
Direktorin documenta archiv | Fragen zum documenta archiv


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