Research Support

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz supports research projects of outstanding junior researchers by offering employment and awarding scholarships.

Research funding and job opportunities for doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers are published on the website of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz and via the usual mailing lists and internet portals. Funding typically covers periods of up to three years for doctoral students, and up to two years for postdoctoral researchers. There are also short-term funding opportunities. In addition, postgraduate students have the opportunity of working as student assistant or postgraduate research assistant at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz parallel to their studies.

PhD Consultants

At the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, doctoral students can seek advice and consultation from the academic assistants of the two departments, who are also in charge of organizing the Labor.

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 or the DAAD) The Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Landesgraduiertenförderung Baden-Württemberg regularly award grants to young academics wishing to conduct research at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz.

The annual Studienkurs (summer school) organized by the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz is aimed at graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who have recently obtained their PhD. It combines in situ study of monuments and artefacts with discussions of current research issues. Participants are expected to play an active role, e.g. by giving presentations. The Studienkurs focuses geographically on 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 takes care of all organizational details and assumes the cost of overnight stays. It also provides a partial reimbursement of participants' travel expenses.

The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz offers many opportunities for intellectual exchange. Various types of internal events promote the discussion of current issues and projects, as well as contact with visiting scholars.

Alongside public events, the two departments and the research groups, as well as 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 are open to the entire Institute, and are aimed in particular at the younger generation of researchers.



The Labor serves as a forum for the discussion of current research projects by doctoral and postdoctoral fellows and scientific staff of the Institute. It offers all researchers the opportunity to present projects at different stages and in various formats, including work-in-progress, dry runs for conference papers, thesis chapters, as well as to discuss pre-circulated written work. Possible languages for the presentation and discussion are English, German, and Italian.

The Labor is organized and moderated by the postdoctoral scientific assistants of both departments. Technical assistance is provided by the ​doctoral fellows. The Labor takes place once a month and is open to all Institute members and staff. As the format is not fixed, the organizers welcome creative proposals for presenting individual and collaborative research projects. Should you be interested in presenting, please contact one of the scientific assistants.

Sinem Casale

Annette Hoffmann

Lunarita Sterpetti



The Ortstermin is a regular excursion to sites or exhibitions within and outside Florence. It is intended to deepen participants' understanding of objects in situ 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, allows for discussions on current research with experts in the field.

It is organized by the doctoral and postdoctoral scientific assistants of the two departments.

The organizers welcome suggestions for visits within Florence and its immediate surroundings.

Sinem Casale

Camilla Musci

Lunarita Sterpetti

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, as well as the invitation to give a public lecture and to 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 The cicerone: or, Art-guide to painting in Italy. For the use of travellers (1855) and The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (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 is to 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)


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