The Anna Polke Foundation Scholarships

Country: Germany;

Deadline: 01.05.2019


The Anna Polke Foundation offers scholarships each year for outstanding research projects on the work of Sigmar Polke. It promotes projects that open up new perspectives on his oeuvre. In 2019, the foundation is offering two research scholarships geared to art historians and academics in related disciplines from Germany and abroad. The scholarship recipients are selected by a commission of experts.


We would like to specifically encourage young academics to apply. The Anna Polke Foundation is interested in a mutual exchange with the scholarship holders. Latter should benefit from a dynamic research environment and be supported by the foundation’s team.

Two scholarships will be awarded, each worth € 5,000. The division of the funding amount can be flexibly set up depending on the qualification as well as the living situation of the applicant and the nature of the project proposal. A redemption of the scholarship as monthly support over a certain period is conceivable as well as the promotion of a research stay or the combination of both. The total funding amount of € 5,000 must not be exceeded. Applicants are therefore requested to submit, in addition to their work plan, a list of the desired use of funds (cost calculation). During the funding period it is expected that applicants who are employed will dedicate themselves substantially to their research project.

The results of the funded research project are to be presented by the scholars within a public presentation – as a lecture, discussion or in a comparable format. Furthermore, a publication of the research findings would be desirable. The Anna Polke Foundation is currently planning its own publication series, in which the results of the funded projects could also be published. However, we ask for your understanding that this will be decided after completion of the scholarship on a case-by-case basis by a commission of expertsand will not be possible for each of the funded research projects.


The application deadline for 2019 ends on May 1st 2019.

Applicants submit the following documents in German or English:
– CV (incl. list of publications and relevant certificates/references)
– Completed form (PDF)
– Project outline (about 1,000-2,000 words)
– Work schedule
– Cost calculation (where appropriate)

Applicants will be informed of the decision after the commission meeting early June 2019. Approved funds must be used in 2019.

Please send your applications digitally and as PDF-files to: If you have any questions, please contact Sophia Stang.