The Gerda Boëthius Memorial Fund Foundation

Each year the Gerda Boëthius Memorial Fund Foundation awards one or more grants for scientific research in fields that were closest to Gerda Boëthius’ heart: art history, ethnology and handicraft. There is no official application form. Instead, applicants are asked to send in such details and information that are relevant to the application. This includes a cost estimate for the project.

In recent years, grants have been awarded to postgraduate or postdoctoral researchers. There are no specified prerequisites. Grants for 2016 totalled SEK 115 000. Grants are announced in auguste.

Application deadline

Applications for 2017 must be received by Friday 14 April at the latest.

Send your application to:

Box 32
792 21 MORA


For more information, please contact info(at)

About Gerda Boëthius

Gerda Boëthius (1890–1961) was the first director of the Zorn Collections from 1921 to 1957. Also in 1921, she became Sweden’s first female doctor in art history with the thesis The Decorated Brick Churches of Northern Svealand at Stockholm University. Six years later she received the title of docent from the same institution. Gerda Boëthius’ monumental work Zorn: Drawer, Painter, Etcher, Sculptor (1949) is still considered the bible of research on the artist. Alongside her research in church architecture and about Anders Zorn, Gerda Boëthius was interested in historical timber buildings. It was Gerda Boëthius who fulfilled Zorn’s plans of creating in Mora an architectural ensemble of historical buildings, now called Zorn’s Gammelgård. She also wrote Studies in Nordic Timber Architecture (1927). Another of her interests was Swedish handicraft. The magazine Hemslöjd was published in 1933 on her initiative and she was its editor for 26 years.

In 2008 came Marta Järnfeldt-Carlsson’s book Gerda Boëthius: Art Historian and Museum Director in a Man’s World. It is available at the Zorn Museum shop.