STIP: Doctoral Scholarship: Art, Culture and Markets, Heidelberg

Application deadline: Jan 14, 2018

Promotionsstipendium/Doctoral Scholarship: Kunst, Kultur und Märkte/Art, Culture and Markets

The interdisciplinary doctoral research group “Art, Culture and Markets. History of European Culture from the 18th Century to the Present” of the Center for European History and Cultural Studies (ZEGK) at the University of Heidelberg is funded by the Landesgraduiertenförderung and delighted to grant another scholarship with an art historical focus starting from November 1st 2017 that may be held for up to three years. Consisting of a monthly stipend of 1.000€, the scholarships additionally encompass a lump sum payment of 110€ per month for material and travel expenses and, if necessary, a family allowance (all payments are in accordance with the Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz of 23rd July 2008).

The doctoral research group will examine the interweavings of culture and economy in Europe in a diachronic perspective via referring to the examples of markets for art, music, and religion. It will be supported by the professorships for Economic and Social History, Public History, History of the Early Modern Period, Early Modern and Contemporary Art History, Musicology, and for Religious Studies. The group’s interdisciplinary shaped projects will be supervised by two professors of the respective disciplines and will discuss three central research questions: How are ideas and concepts of the relationship of culture and market shaped? Which historical manifestation of cultural industry might be detected? Are there reciprocal impacts between economic practices and artistic-cultural production discernible, and if so, how are these intertwinings carved out? An accompanying study program will support the scientific qualification of the scholarship holders and help them to get their bearings at the beginning of their academic careers. The development and implementation of the projects will crop up in an interdisciplinary environment.

In this context an additional fellowship is now open for applications regarding projects with a genuinely art historical orientation, in which the above voiced questions concerning the relationship between art and economy, i.e. their interrelationship in the timeframe, examined by the research group, are relevant (think possible topics such as for example the national/international art market, the Grand Tour and its consequences or art forgeries).

In addition to the usual application documents in English or German, a proof of an above-average final degree (M.A. or equivalents) in one of the subjects engaged, a short proposal of the interdisciplinary PhD-Project (max. 5.000 characters without spaces) and certificated language skills in all required languages as well as in English are expected. The elected scholars will necessarily have to live on-site in order to participate in the study program.

The applications shall be submitted online via a joint PDF-file to Prof. Dr. Henry Keazor (email: and the spokespersons of the doctoral research group Prof. Dr. Katja Patzel-Mattern and Prof. Dr. Cord Arendes, att. Mr. Nils Steffen (email: The application deadline is 14th January 2018. Subsequently, interviews will take place within the first two weeks of February.

In areas where women are underrepresented, the University of Heidelberg is striving to increase the proportion of women and therefore strongly encourages qualified women to participate in the application process. Disabled persons with corresponding aptitude for the positions will be favoured.

Reference: STIP: Doctoral Scholarship, Heidelberg. In:, Nov 30, 2017. <>