Fellowships / Distinguished Visitorships

The American Academy in Berlin is a private, independent non-profit organization. Support for the American Academy's fellowships and distinguished visitorship programs is provided exclusively by private individual and family foundations and corporate giving. The Academy receives no funding from American or German governments and is registered as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation in the United States and in Germany. All donations are tax-deductible. Private generosity has enabled the creation and success of our institution, and only private generosity will enable us to sustain our level of excellence into the future.

If you are interested in donating to a specific fellowship, distinguished visitorship, or to our endowment fund, please contact development manager Berit Ebert at be@americanacademy.de, call her at +49 30 804 83 108, or download the Academy's donor information form and fax it to the number on the form.

Below is the list of munificent supporters who are making possible the Academy's extraordinary program of bringing the best of American intellectual and cultural life to the German capital. We are grateful for their continued support.

ENDOWED FELLOWSHIPS

The John P. Birkelund Fellowship was endowed in February of 2011 after a generous donation by John P. Birkelund. It was initiated with the intention of fostering German-American dialogue in the field of the humanities. The Fellowship funds two fellows annually, the first taking up residence in the...
The Daimler Berlin Prize was founded in 1998 and endowed in perpetuity by Daimler-Benz AG. Daimler-Benz, now Daimler AG, supports the work of the American Academy via the Daimler Fellowship in deepening the economic, cultural, and social bonds between Germany and the United States. The fellowship...
We are grateful to Baroness Nina von Maltzahn for endowing this fellowship, which concentrates on German history after the Second World War. The prize was founded in 2010 and is to be endowed by 2012. Nina von Maltzahn is a member of our Board of Trustees, one of the Academy’s most active...
The German Transatlantic Program Berlin Prize was founded in 2002 and has been endowed in perpetuity by the European Recovery Program Funds of the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany (German Marshall Fund) .It focuses on culture, education, economics, and political science.
The Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellowship in Fiction was established in 2007 and endowed in perpetuity in 2009 with the purpose of bringing outstanding novelists and fiction writers to Berlin as part of the American Academy’s residential fellowship program. Karl von der Heyden a native...
The Holtzbrinck Fellowship was established in 1999 with the generous support of the Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. The fellowship is intended to promote German-American dialogue in the fields of journalism, nonfiction, and fiction. The Holtzbrinck Fellow is selected annually...
The Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship in the Visual Arts was established in honor of former American Academy in Berlin president Robert Mundheim. The fellowship is by nomination only. Past recipients include Julie Mehretu, Patty Chang, Mitch Epstein, Ben Katchor, Collier Schorr, and Paul Pfeiffer.

Annually Funded Fellowships

The Siemens Fellowship, which promotes German-American dialogue in the fields of the humanities and social sciences, was established in 2004 with the generous support of Siemens AG. The Siemens Fellow is selected annually from the Academy’s pool of accepted fellows with an academic background...
The annually funded Ellen Maria Gorrissen Berlin Prize was founded in 2001 by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold, who also provided the founding gift for the American Academy in Berlin and remain the Academy’s largest benefactor. The...
The Anna-Maria Kellen Berlin Prize is annually funded by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold, who provided the American Academy with the founding gift and who continue their magnanimous support. The Anna-Maria Kellen Fellowship is named...
The Berthold Leibinger Berlin Prize was founded in 2006 and is supported annually by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung. The fellowship aims at highlighting the bonds between the United States and Germany as well as to encourage dialogue beyond Berlin, namely in Baden-Württemberg. Leibinger Fellows,...
The Axel Springer Fellowship was established in 2003 with the generous support of Axel Springer AG. It aims to promote German-American dialogue in the fields of media, public policy, and other areas of contemporary concern. The Axel Springer Fellow is selected annually from the Academy’s pool...

ENDOWED DISTINGUISHED VISITORSHIPS

With the Lloyd Cutler Distinguished Visitorship the American Academy in Berlin honors one of its founding trustees, the legendary attorney Lloyd N. Cutler. In 1962 Lloyd Cutler cofounded Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, which included over 500 lawyers representing corporate and industrial clients....
The Airbus Group Distinguished Visitorship, inaugurated in 2010 as the EADS Distinguished Visitorship, was endowed in 2011 after three generous donations from EADS to support the American Academy’s mission of cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Germany. To this end, EADS...
The Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Visitorship was endowed in 2005. It was initiated in light of the tenth anniversary of the Berlin Brigade's departure from a reunified Berlin and honors the American Academy's founder and chairman, Richard C. Holbrooke. He was one of the most engaged and...
The Stephen M. Kellen Distinguished Visitorship was established in 2004 and is endowed in perpetuity by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the descendants of Hans and Ludmilla Arnhold, who provided the founding gift for the Academy and continue their generous support. The Stephen M....
The John W. Kluge Dinstinguished Visitorship was established in 2004 and is endowed by the John W. Kluge Foundation.
The Richard von Weizsäcker Distinguished Visitorship was founded in honor of the former German Federal President and American Academy founding member, whose personality and life’s work enjoy the highest esteem on both sides of the Atlantic. Consistent with the political achievements of its...
The Marina Kellen-French Distinguished Visitorship for Persons with Outstanding Accomplishment in the Cultural World is generously endowed by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the Marina Kellen French Foundation. 
The Kurt Viermetz Distinguished Visitorship was established in 2008 with the collective support of 44 distinguished individuals in the fields of banking, law, and publishing. It was founded in honor of Kurt Viermetz, the retired Vice Chairman of JPMorgan, in recognition of his career in...
We are grateful to the following donors for supporting this outstanding initiative. Please note that the list below documents the contributions made from May 2013 to May 2014: Gahl Hodges Burt, Betsy Z. & Edward E. Cohen, Deutsche Börse AG, A. Michael & Mercedes & Hoffman, Dirk...
The American Academy in Berlin established the Marcus Bierich Distinguished Visitorship in order to facilitate access to important scholarship and academic debate for professionals from the worlds of business and politics. Particularly outstanding scholars who excel at communicating difficult ideas...
Robert Bosch GmbH, Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH, EADS, Estrel Berlin, Golf-und Land-Klub Berlin-Wannsee e.V., Waldorf Astoria Berlin  

ANNUALLY FUNDED DISTINGUISHED VISITORSHIPS

The first Allianz Distinguished Visitorship was a pilot program established in 2010-2011 by Allianz SE with the possibility of continuation upon review. It was established with the objective of bringing a prominent US expert in finance, economics, or politics to Berlin. For a short-term visit of...