Grants and Prizes

‘Contemporary German Photography’ Grant from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung
The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung has been granting fellowships for contemporary German photography since 1982 in cooperation with the Fotografische Sammlung of the Museum Folkwang. The fellowship is aimed at photographers (without age limit) who wish to concentrate on a photographic project or a longer period of time independent of contract work. The call for proposals is neither thematically restricted nor related to a certain type of photographic praxis. With this open fellowship program, the foundation wishes to encourage current pictorial exploration of photographic methods. The Fotografische Sammlung in the Museum Folkwang supervises the fellowship program. Every two years, two fellowships are granted. Fellows are selected by a jury consisting of alternating international members. 

Amount and Period of the Fellowship
The fellowship is set at 10,000 Euros and is granted for a period of one year. Within this period, the proposed project must be finished. Documentation and/or examples from the project are to be transmitted to the Fotografische Sammlung upon conclusion.  

‘Museum Curator for Photography’ Grant from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung
In cooperation with the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, the Fotomuseum München, the Fotografische Sammlung im Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Jeu de Paume, Paris, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung will award fellowships to future museum curators in the field of photography. The fellowship program “Museum Curators for Photography” includes a course of training specifically oriented toward practical museum work at the three German museums mentioned above and at one of the museums outside of Germany for a period of six months each.  Fellows will also be actively involved in at least one exhibition or research project on photography, which will include writing a paper in this connection.  In addition, the participating museums will offer fellows the opportunity to study the institutional ramifications and the photo history background of the various photographic fields. Furthermore, the program includes participation in an expert meeting on special issues concerning photography.

With this fellowship program, the Krupp Stiftung intends to give new impetus to the professional training of museum curators in Germany.  The Stiftung particularly wishes to promote and support future curators specialized in photography. The Stiftung initiated the fellowship program in 1999 together with the three German museums in Dresden, Munich, and Essen. By including the three museums in France, Great Britain, and the U. S. A., it intends to give the program a more international focus.

Each fellowship is endowed with 30.000 €.  It is awarded to three candidates once every two years for the duration of two years, beginning in May. 

Albert Renger-Patzsch-Prize
Since 1991, the Stiftung Dietrich Oppenberg has awarded the Albert Renger-Patzsch-Prize, a European photo-book prize of 25,000 Euros, every three years for a book production. The Dietrich Oppenberg Stiftung Essen named its support for the publication of European photography in memory of Renger-Patzsch’s major contributions to the history of documentary-oriented photography and development of the photo-book. The prize aims to give photographers to possibility of realising those photographic projects (not more than three ears old) conceived as books. Candidates are proposed by consulting experts. Out of this pool, an international jury selects a project on the basis of book proposals submitted. Past prize winner were Silke Grossmann (1991), Rita Ostrowskaja (1994), Boris Mikhailov (1997), Trine Søndergaard (2000), Peter Piller (2003) and Aglaia Konrad (2006), Paola de Pietri (2009) and Lisa Barnard (2012).

Documentary Photography Award
Since 1999, the Wüstenrot Stiftung has given the Documentary Photography Award every two years. Its call for candidates is directed towards all those who have graduated from a German further educational institute in the area of photography. The Wüstenrot Stiftung would like to encourage a photographic debate with social reality with its award. The award winners are not only provided with the possibility of a financed project after having finished their studies, but also that of presenting their work to the general public in the form of an exhibition and catalogue.

International Photography Research Network
The International Photography Research Network (IRPN) is a union of European institutions, founded in 2004, which cooperate in common photographic projects under the direction of the University of Sunderland. Included in this network are the Museum Folkwang, Dom Fotografie, Poprad/Slovakia, the University of Leiden/Holland, the University of Jyvaskyla/Finland and the Arts Council of England. The network’s aim is to encourage projects that contribute to informing the general public of Europe’s cultural multiplicity by providing grants to photographers. In the period between 2004 and 2007, photographic exchanges between such different countries as Iceland, Lithuania, The Czech Republic, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Brazil and South Africa took place. Planned are 18 contract works in 15 countries, three exhibitions that will take place in Germany, Finland and Holland, as well as three international conferences in Sunderland, Slovakia and Finland and three publications. The first conference, with the theme of “Work”, the motto of the project realised by the photographers in the first year, took place in Sunderland in 2005. A travelling exhibition, entitled Changing Faces, with a selection of the works could be seen at the Museum Folkwang in 2006.  

Information on the grants and prizes is available under
T +49 (0)201 8845 100 (Photography Collection)