Goethe-Institut Postdoctoral Fellowship at Haus der Kunst

The program was inaugurated in August 2013 and awards each fellowship for one academic year. The fourth fellowship is to start in August 2016.

Haus der Kunst is a non-collecting public museum and a key global center for contemporary art. It is dedicated to exploring the diverse histories of contemporary art based on a foundation of focused exhibitions, research, and education. The museum's goal is to establish research as an integral cornerstone of its vision, and to develop a context for scholarship that allows for the interplay of art, culture, politics, and society in the way modern and contemporary art are understood on a global level. The "Goethe-Institut Fellowship" is an important building block toward this aim. Supported by the Goethe-Institut, the fellowship is designed for international emerging scholars whose research focuses on global perspectives of modern and contemporary art in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. 

The fellowship shall concentrate on the research for a comprehensive exhibition project on the global art historical developments of the Post-colonial era covering the period 1955—1980. The project is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the second of a trilogy whose first on Postwar will open in October 2016. The third chapter will be devoted to the period of Post-communism. One of the main tasks is the research and organization of a series of seminars and colloquia in preparation for the project.

Qualifications and requirements

  • Completed doctorate degree in art history, museum studies, or related fields. 
  • Excellent knowledge of modern and contemporary art, with a global perspective and understanding on post-1965 art histories.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in the field of research, education and/or exhibition practice at a research institute, university, or art college.
  • Fluent written and spoken English is essential, a second non-native language is desirable. 


  • An overall remuneration package of 25,000 euros for the entire year. This includes any health care and tax payments.
  • Accommodation is the responsibility of the successful candidate. 
  • Haus der Kunst will support the fellow in organizing administrational paperwork such as limited residency and work permits.
  • The fellow will be provided with a work area and full access to the infrastructure of Haus der Kunst and facilities in Munich. 

Interested scholars are invited to send their application via email to Isabella Kredler under kredler@hausderkunst.de. The application should be in English and include a Curriculum Vitae, bibliography, reference letters and a cover letter explaining the motivation for the application. No applications are currently been accepted.

The Goethe-Institut Fellowship at Haus der Kunst is financed by the Goethe-Institut e.V.

Further information:
Isabella Kredler 
kredler (at) hausderkunst.de
Curatorial office at
Haus der Kunst