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The Berlin Prize Application

The application period for a 2018-2019 Berlin Prize is from mid-May until September 29, 2017. Please check back in mid-May to access the online application.

The American Academy offers residential fellowships to emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past Berlin Prize recipients have included historians, economists, poets, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics and the hard sciences.

In addition to placing a high priority on the independent work of its fellows, the Academy is in a unique position to aid fellows in establishing professional and general networks both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public outreach, which facilitates the introduction of a fellow’s work to a wider audience, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.

Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester or, in some cases, for an entire academic year. Only the Bosch Fellowships in Public Policy may be for shorter stays of six to eight weeks. Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, Academy accommodations, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. The Academy’s furnished apartments at the Hans Arnhold Center are suitable for individuals and couples; accommodations are available for families with children at the Hans Arnhold Center or at nearby apartments. Fellows are expected to reside at the Hans Arnhold Center during the entire term of the award.

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, law, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application. Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they do not need to be working on German topics.

The selection for the Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition and the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts has taken place. It is based on nomination rather than application.

FAQ

The American Academy in Berlin is a private, independent, nonprofit institute for advanced study located in Berlin, Germany. Its fellowship program promotes advanced research in a variety of disciplines.

Each year the Academy welcomes about two dozen fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center, on Lake Wannsee. The Academy also hosts a small number of invited Distinguished Visitors for shorter stays of one to four weeks, and organizes a diverse public program that includes lectures and presentations by resident fellows, Distinguished Visitors, and guest speakers.

In addition to placing a high priority on the independent work of its fellows, the Academy is in a unique position to aid fellows in establishing professional networks, both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public atmosphere, which actively encourages fellows to introduce their work to wider audiences, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.

Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month. Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Academy during the entire term of the award, generally one academic semester.

Academy fellows are comprised of established and emerging scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study. Berlin Prizes have been awarded to historians, economists, filmmakers, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, musicologists, public-policy experts, and writers, among others. They are appointed by an independent selection committee.

Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the United States. Limited periods spent outside the US, such as sabbatical, foreign assignment for American publications, etc., must be explained on the application. US citizenship is not required. American expatriates are not eligible.

Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fieldssuch as journalism, filmmaking, or public policymust have equivalent professional degrees. Writers must have published at least one book at the time of application.

Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they need not be working on German topics.

The Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics or the natural sciences. Candidates in the visual arts and music composition are chosen by nomination only.

Private furnished apartments, equipped with small kitchens, are provided at or near the Hans Arnhold Center, a villa on the shores of Lake Wannsee. The Wannsee train station (a stop for S-Bahn and regional trains) is less than a ten-minute walk away. Trains reach downtown Berlin in ten to twenty minutes.

Berlin Prize winners are typically in residence for a full academic semester. The fall semester begins in early September and ends in mid-December; the spring semester is from early January through May. Fellowships are occasionally awarded for an academic year.

Recipients of the Bosch Berlin Prize in Public Policy may come for shorter stays, usually six to eight weeks.

The fellow in music composition is in residence for the spring semester.

The American Academy offers accommodations for families with children at the Hans Arnhold Center and at apartments nearby. If the selection committee awards you a fellowship, and appropriate family housing is not available during your preferred semester, the Academy will try to accommodate you during a future semester. (Please note that pets are not permitted.)
The Academy no longer accepts applications from composers. The competition for the Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition is based solely on nomination.
The Academy does not accept applications from visual artists. The competition for the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts is based solely on nomination.

Apply Online

We accept applications from mid-May 2017 until September 29, 2017, 12 (noon) EST.

The online application will accessible via an “apply online” button on this webpage in mid-May 2017.

When the online application system opens, candidates will first need to create a login and password. Once you are logged into the system, the online application form consists of six steps, which you need not complete in one session. It is possible to log out of your application and log back in later; your information will be saved for your next session. Required fields in the various forms are marked with a red asterisk. Once you have gathered the necessary information and prepared your supporting materials, the application should take about 20 minutes to complete. Prior to beginning the application process, we encourage you to download and read the 2018-2019 online applications instructions.

If you wish to send your application as a hard copy, download the application form here, complete it, and send along with supporting materials by regular post or via an express service such as DHL, UPS, or FedEx to:

The American Academy in Berlin
Attn: Fellows Selection
Am Sandwerder 17–19
14109 Berlin
Germany

We do not accept applications by fax or as email attachments. When sending, please plan adequate time for your package to arrive in Berlin by September 29, 2017, as the Academy will not consider late applications.

The deadline for applying for a 2018-2019 Berlin Prize is September 29, 2017, 12 (noon) EST.

The next deadline for letters of reference is October 10, 2017.

In the online application, you will be asked to provide the names and contact information of three references. For the Academy’s independent review process, please ask the individuals you list as references to email us their letters on your behalf by Tuesday, October 10, 2017, to references@americanacademy.de. Please note that our online application system does not send any automated request to references.

References should be familiar with your work, particularly your proposal, and be able to comment on your abilities, as well as career to date. Statements by references to the Academy will be read by the peer reviewers and selection committee, but are not released to the applicant.

If you are awarded a Berlin Prize, you will be notified in late February 2018.

Contact Fellows Selection

Carol Scherer

Manager, Fellows Selection

T: +49-30-80483 106
F: +49-30-80483 111

cs@americanacademy.de

Johana Gallup

Fellows Selection Coordinator; Managing Editor, Berlin Journal

T: +49-30-80483 107
F: +49-30-80483 111

jg@americanacademy.de