The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz awards a number of scholarships and contracts as a means of supporting the research projects of outstanding young academics.
Announcements concerning scholarships and paid positions open to PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are published on the website of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and via the usual mailing lists and internet portals. Scholarships for PhD students are usually awarded for a duration of up to three years, those for postdoctoral researchers for two years. There are also short-term funding opportunities. In addition, Masters and PhD students have the possibility of working as student or research assistants at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz parallel to their studies.
Representatives for Pre-doctoral Affairs
At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, the role of the academic assistants of the two departments is to support PhD students with information and advice, as well as to organize the Labor, a discussion forum for the presentation of ongoing research by members of the Institute.
With the prior agreement of the Institute, applications for projects to be carried out at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz can be submitted to foundations or national research bodies (such as the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft oder DAAD) The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg fellowship programme regularly award grants to young academics wishing to conduct research at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.
The annual Studienkurs (summer school) at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is aimed at students in an advanced stage of their studies, doctoral students, and postdoctoral researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. It combines in situ study of monuments and artefacts with a discussion of current research issues. Participants are expected to play an active role through dialogue and presentations. The Studienkurs offered by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz focus geographically upon a city or region of Italy or the wider Mediterranean.
The subject and dates of the upcoming Studienkurs, together with information on how to apply, are published in spring on the website of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, as well as via the usual mailing lists and internet portals. The Institute assumes all organizational details, including the cost of any overnight stays. It also provides a partial reimbursement of participants’ travel expenses.
Numerous opportunities to exchange ideas and expertise are available to academics at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz. Internal events of various kinds provide a forum for the joint discussion of current issues and projects, as well as for contact with visiting scholars.
Alongside public events, the two departments, and the research groups, individual projects and initiatives offer seminars, workshops, reading groups, excursions, project presentations and other discussion formats. Regular events such as the Labor and the Ortstermin (local excursions) are aimed at the entire Institute, in particular young academics.
The Labor serves as a forum for the discussion of current research projects. It offers all young academics at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz the opportunity to present the main premises or individual aspects of their dissertation, doctoral thesis or postdoctoral project as work in progress.
The Labor is organized and moderated alternately by the academic assistants of both departments. It takes place once a month and is open to all Institute members and staff. External researchers who would like to participate are asked to contact the organizers in advance:
Jessica N. Richardson
Telefon: +39 055 24911-70
The privileged location of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz means that researchers can enjoy first-hand access to important works of art and architecture. Ortstermin (site visit) serve to deepen participants' understanding of sites and objects in situ, within and occasionally outside Florence, and to foster scholarly dialogue.
The Ortstermin often takes place at locations that are normally inaccessible to the public or, as in the case of visits to exhibitions, allow a discussion of current research findings with experts in the field. The Ortstermin is organized alternately by the academic assistants of the two departments and usually takes place once a month. The organizers welcome suggestions for visits within Florence and its immediate surroundings:
Tel.: +39 055 24911-89
The Jacob Burckhardt Prize was founded in 2004. It is awarded to outstanding young scholars chosen by the Directors of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz together with the Förderverein.
The Prize, together with its cash award of 10.000 euro, includes a three-month research period in Florence and the invitation to give a public lecture and publish a paper in the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz.
The Prize is named after the Swiss cultural and art historian Jacob Burckhardt (1818–1897), whose pioneering works Der Cicerone. Eine Anleitung zum Genuß der Kunstwerke Italiens (1855) and Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien. Ein Versuch (1860) have left an enduring mark on art history and led to research on Italian art becoming the central paradigm of the still young academic discipline. The founding of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz as the first art-historical research institute in 1897 should be understood in this context.
Awardees of the Jacob Burckhardt Prize
Stanko Kokole (2004)
Johannes Myssok (2007)
Rebecca Müller (2009)
Nicola Suthor (2011)
Wolf-Dietrich Löhr (2016)
Christopher Wood (2018)