The spring 2015 semester at the American Academy in Berlin concluded on the evening of June 23, ending an excellent season of lectures, presentations, and events by our resident fellows and distinguished visitors. This summer will see work on the Holbrooke Forum continue, but our public program will resume in September, when the fall 2015 Berlin Prize recipients take up residence at the Hans Arnhold Center. Please check back for the autumn schedule of talks, readings, screenings, lectures, and special events later this summer.
Apply for 2016-2017 Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin
The American Academy in Berlin is now accepting applications from emerging as well as established scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin for one semester (September through December; January to May), in some cases for the entire academic year. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015, at 6 pm CET (12 noon EST). Click here to apply online.
Around two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US; 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 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. Although it is helpful to explain how a Berlin residency would contribute to further professional development, candidates need not be working on German topics.
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.
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.
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.
Fellowship benefits include round-trip economy airfare, 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; accommodations are available for families with children at the Hans Arnhold Center or at nearby apartments. All fellows are expected to reside at the Hans Arnhold Center during the entire term of the award.