Danish Art Foundation

International Research Programme (Visual Arts)

Curators, directors of art institutions and other art professionals from abroad may apply for funding to carry out curatorial research in Denmark.


* Note: Applications are dealt with as they are received and applicants can expect to receive a reply within two weeks (except for July when no reply can be expected).

Who may apply?

Curators, directors of art institutions and other art professionals from abroad may apply for funding for travel and accommodation in Denmark.

The Research programme is aimed at art professional applicants whose primary occupation is professional curating, art criticism or art mediation, or who can demonstrate substantial experience in one of the areas mentioned.

Moreover, the research programme is primarily aimed at applicants who already have contacts on the Danish art scene or candidates who wish to develop a project involving specific Danish artists or institutions. Applicants must be able to organize meetings and studio visits on their own.

Artists may only apply for funding, if they can document significant curatorial experience or have worked professionally with art mediation.

Purpose of the program

The Danish Arts Foundation’s Committee for Visual Project Funding wishes to promote contemporary art in Denmark and Danish contemporary art abroad by allowing foreign curators to meet Danish artists and gain insight into the Danish contemporary art scene with a view to future collaborations.

Example of purpose / activity: A curatorial research trip, including meetings with named artists, curators, directors of art institutions or others who work professionally with contemporary art.

Travel for participation in art fairs, exhibition openings, seminars etc. is not covered by the program.

How your application will be evaluated?

Your application will be evaluated based on the following criteria. At least one of the criteria must be met:

  • The research trip must as far as possible be linked to specific projects relating to professional curating, art criticism or art mediation.
  • The visit must promote and strengthen the international networks of Danish artists and/or Danish art institutions 
  • The visit must play a decisive role in promoting awareness abroad of Danish artists and/or Danish art institutions 
  • The visit must promote concrete collaborations between Danish and foreign art

Who will evaluate your application?

Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces’ office for Visual Art assesses the applications according to the above criteria as laid down by the Danish Arts Foundation's Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding.

How much you may apply for?

Applicants can max. be awarded 15,000 DKK, covering the direct costs of travel and accommodation.

Please note, that the Committee reserves the right not to award the full amount requested, based on the overall assessment that the Committee's financial means should benefit as many qualified applicants as possible. 

Both travel and accommodation must be budgeted as "Economy Class". Grants are only awarded to cover these two forms of expenditure i.e. not for general living expenses, local transportation, per diem payments etc.*

The Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding reserves the right to award partial grants, if it is assessed that the research trip can be carried out on Economy Class for an amount lower than the one applied for.

The duration of a typical research trip is 3-7 days, however applicants may also be apply for longer stays, provided that the applicant has arranged for accommodation independently. 

*Foreign applicants from the UN list of Least Developed Countries may however apply for subsistence allowance. Find the current list here 

What the application must contain?

In addition to filling in all required information in the application form you must also attach:

  1. Project description specifying the purpose and programme for the research visit (max. 2 pages)
  2. Names and contact details of the persons and / or institutions with whom visits are scheduled (filled out in the application form)
  3. Professional resume
  4. Budget (filled out in the application form)
  5. IMPORTANT: The completed form for international bank wire transfers (find form below)

Important: you must fill in and attach the official form for international wire transfers

Applicants with non-Danish bank accounts must fill in and attach the official form for international wire transfers. To choose the correct form, you must check beforehand if your country uses the IBAN system or not here, and then fill in the correct form below.

Form for wire transfers to countries using IBAN
Form for wire transfers to countries NOT using IBAN


Applications which do not contain the requisite information will not be considered.

Once you have submitted the application

When you have submitted your electronic application you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging its receipt, with a copy of the application attached.

You can expect to receive a decision letter by e-mail within two weeks
(Except for July when no reply can be expected).

Please note that the Danish Arts Foundation is required to publish the names of all candidates at


If you are awarded a grant, Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces will pay out the grant within three weeks from the day where you receive notice of the grant award.


No later than three months after the completion of the visit recipients are required to sign and submit the Danish Agency for Culture's statement of truth pledging, that the grant has been used for its proper purpose. The form can be found here - choose "Declaration of grants of up to 100.000 DKK.



Application form as PDF?

All applications to the Danish Arts Foundation must be submitted electronically via the online application form. However, many applicants find it helpful to familiarize themselves with the requirements in the online form before submitting any application. You can review a preview version of the form below. Please keep in mind, that the preview is for preparatory orientation only.

Click here to preview the online application form (NB the form cannot be filled in)


If you have questions about this particular grant contact:

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