Art museums and exhibition venues can apply. Several venues may apply together. Under special circumstances, museums of cultural history may also apply, provided the project is relevant in relation to the New Carlsberg Foundation’s trust deed.

The place of employment must be a Danish university/research institution, possibly in collaboration with institutions (museums, exhibition venues and research institutions, among others) abroad.


For the PhD and postdoc fellowships, relevant topics include art research, in a broad sense, with relevance to the activities of the museums/exhibition venues behind the application. This includes more traditional topics of art history/theory related to art collections as well as topics related to other activities of the museum in society: strategy, curation, marketing, communication.


  1. The art museum/exhibition venue applies to the foundation for a PhD/postdoc fellowship
  2. The application takes the form of a project proposal of no more than three standard pages (NB! Do NOT include the name of the candidate in the project proposal)
  3. The project proposal must be accompanied by a hosting commitment for the project from a university
  4. The board of the New Carlsberg Foundation evaluates the submitted project proposals and notifies applicants of either preliminary approval or rejection
  5. After receiving preliminary approval from the foundation, the art museum/exhibition venue must subsequently inform the foundation which of two models for engaging the fellow it intends to apply (both models are formulated to comply with the Ministerial Order on the Appointment of Academic Staff at Universities
  6. Once the foundation is notified which of the two models the art museum/exhibition venue wishes to apply, the foundation gives the art museum/exhibition venue final approval

The two models:

  • Model 1: The fellow is employed, usually by the university, following an open call.
  • Model 2: After receiving preliminary approval, the art museum/exhibition venue finds a suitable fellow and provides the person’s name and professional CV (max two pages), to the New Carlsberg Foundation. Only then does the art museum/exhibition venue receive final approval for a project involving the named candidate. The candidate submits an application to the university, where it is subjected to academic evaluation. If this evaluation is positive, the appointment (usually with the university as the place of employment) is effectuated. If it is negative, the art museum/exhibition venue may subsequently opt for model 1, with recruitment based on an open call. 

Please note: regardless which model is chosen, the application is submitted by the museum/exhibition venue. 


  • An art museum/exhibition venue (or two or more institutions applying together, in special cases including museums of cultural history, provided the project is relevant in relation to the foundation’s trust deed) applies to the foundation for approval of a project.  
  • The project proposal must include a description (no more than three standard pages of 2,400 units including spaces) of the project’s topic and its relevance to the museum/exhibition venue as well as confirmation of a preliminary agreement with a university for employment/doctoral education, including a budget for the remaining financing.
  • Applications that do not meet these formal requirements will be rejected forthwith. Please note that a standard page is 2,400 units incl. spaces.

A good project proposal is expected to:

  • be well-structured and have a clear focus and goal 
  • be of central relevance in relation to the profile of the museum/exhibition venue in question
  • clarify the connection with the research field of the university in question
  • explain how and by what means the project connects the worlds of the museum and the university
  • link up with the most significant existing research within the field in Denmark and abroad
  • consider the relevance of the project to society at large
  • consider what national and international research environments the project may become a part of
  • consider the communication of the project (book, seminar, exhibition or similar channels)


  • The New Carlsberg Foundation co-funds each PhD fellowship with an amount of 1.5 million kroner. This is a fixed amount regardless of fellowship type (3+5, 4+4, 5+3) and of the overall course and structure of the fellowship.
  • The New Carlsberg Foundation co-funds each postdoc position with a total amount of 1.8 million kroner to be paid out over three years.
  • Either fellowship further includes an overhead amount for related costs of 450,000 kroner, with 100,000 kroner per year to be paid to the university and 50,000 kroner per year to be paid to the art museum/exhibition venue.
  • Additional funding for communication activities, such as a seminar or a book, may be the topic of a subsequent application. 
  • The foundation will cover any documented additional costs due to maternity/paternity leave and sick leave.  
  • It is a condition that the special overhead amount is spent on directly related costs for the institutions in connection with the employment, such as equipment, travel, conference participation, workspace and materials. The allocation of the special overhead amount is to be agreed upon by the parties in connection with the employment agreement.
  • In case the total project costs exceed the grant provided by the foundation, the institutions involved are expected to secure the outstanding funding.