Berlin Prize Call for Applications 2022/23

The Berlin Prize
Call for Applications 2022/23

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for the academic year 2022/23.

The Academy seeks to enrich transatlantic relations in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and public policy through the development and communication of projects of the highest scholarly merit. Past recipients include anthropologists, art historians, literary scholars, philosophers, historians, musicologists, journalists, writers of fiction and nonfiction, filmmakers, sociologists, legal scholars, economists, political scientists, diplomats, and public policy experts. For 2022/23, the Academy will also award a Richard C. Holbrooke Fellowship, for a project that explores innovative approaches to resolving major global issues, from armed conflicts to environmental challenges to the destructive impact of new technologies. The Academy will also award a newly inaugurated Bayer Fellowship, for a project in the area of biotechnology or public health.

Approximately two dozen Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Fellowships are typically awarded for an academic semester, but shorter stays of six to eight weeks are also possible. Benefits include round-trip airfare, partial board, a $5,000 monthly stipend, and accommodations at the Academy’s lakeside Hans Arnhold Center, in the Wannsee district of Berlin.

For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work. Proposals need not focus on German topics, but the Academy is interested in projects that will resonate with Berlin audiences. The fellowship carries the expectation that recipients will engage with audiences in Germany on one or more occasions.

Fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Candidates in academic disciplines must hold a PhD. The Academy seeks to support both established scholars and emerging scholars with strong records of peer-reviewed work beyond the dissertation, as well as writers and professionals who wish to engage in independent study. Writers should have published at least one book with an established press at the time of application. Candidates working in fields such as journalism, film, law, or public policy must have equivalent professional experience and a strong body of work.

Please note that Berlin Prizes for visual artists, composers, and poets are determined in invitation-only competitions.

Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. Recipients will be notified in March 2022. The 2022/23 Berlin Prizes will be publicly announced in May 2022.

The application deadline for 2022/23 is Monday, September 27, 2021 (12 noon EST or 6 pm CET).
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For inquiries, please contact Fellows Selection:; phone +49-30-804-83-0.