Documenta Fellowship

Our fellowship programme in association with the documenta archiv and the Kunsthochschule and University of Kassel 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

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.

  • 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 should be in German (in justified exceptional cases, in English) and encompass:
  • 1 page with a short cover letter (max. 600 characters) and brief biography (max. 1500 characters)
  • 1 page with an abstract of the research project being planned, including 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 pages with two reference letters (max. one page each)
Please send your application to Goethe-Institut electronically under the subject Goethe Fellowship documenta, with your name and email contact info in the header and following the order and page formatting named above (max. 6 pages in total), in a single PDF (max. 10 MB). E-mail: documentafellowship@goethe.de

Next application deadline

The application deadline is 15 May 2022. Applicant selection will be carried out by a three-member committee with representation for documenta archiv, Goethe-Institut, and Kunsthochschule Kassel.


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
Nanne Buurman
Research Associate at Kunsthochschule Kassel | questions regarding Kunsthochschule Kassel


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