Goethe-Institut Fellowship at the documenta Institute

30.07.2020 |

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 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, Germany.


The Goethe-Institut will support 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.

More information can be found here.

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