The spring 2016 class of fellows, January 21, 2016. Photo: Annette Hornischer
Since the American Academy in Berlin opened its doors, in September 1998, its fellows have been the central focus of its activities. Hailing from across the intellectual and cultural spectrum -- history, economics, philosophy, literary studies, sociology -- and from the worlds of public policy, the visual arts, poetry, music composition, law, and journalism, past fellows have included legal scholars Lawrence Lessig and Kendall Thomas; artists Julie Mehretu, Amy Sillman, and Jenny Holzer; poets C.K. Williams, Tom Sleigh, and Susan Howe; critics Alex Ross, Hilton Als, Hal Foster, and John Rockwell; historians David Levering Lewis and H.C. Erik Midelfort; novelists Ha Jin, Adam Haslett, Susanna Moore, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Jonathan Safran Foer; journalists Anne Applebaum, Rick Atkinson, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, and Katherine Boo; and policy experts Martin Indyk, Steven Simon, and Angela Stent. (For the current class of fellows, please click here.)
American Academy fellows are in residence at the Hans Arnhold Center for one academic semester or occasionally for a full academic year. Bosch Fellows in Public Policy usually stay for six to eight weeks. Unlike many other fellowship programs or institutes of advanced study, the American Academy in Berlin is determinedly non-monastic; our fellows become involved in Berlin's cultural, social, and intellectual scene beyond the walls of the Academy. Often they establish close working affiliations with institutions related to their fields, from university departments to museums, scientific institutions, galleries, and other public and private organizations. Their involvement in the cultural life of Berlin is aided by the Academy's staff and publicity department, with the ultimate mission of bringing the best and brightest Americans to the interested German public. This occurs not only through a series of publications and media contacts, but most importantly through our robust public program, where Academy fellows offer a glimpse of their work by delivering a public lecture, followed by a Q&A session and a reception.
Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare from the US, housing at the Academy, 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; limited accommodations are available for families with children. All fellows are expected to reside at the Hans Arnhold Center during the entire term of the award.