The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for residential fellowships available 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. 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. The application deadline is September 29, 2014.
Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded for advanced research in a variety of academic, cultural and political disciplines.
Course Level: These residential fellowships are available to emerging as well as established scholars, writers and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin.
Programme Provider: The American Academy in Berlin, Germany
Award can be taken at: Germany
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Eligibility: 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 fields – such as journalism, 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. At this time, the Academy does not accept project proposals in mathematics or the hard sciences. Candidates in the visual arts and music composition are chosen by nomination only.
Open for International Students: These residential fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the United States.
Description: The American Academy in Berlin is a private, independent, nonprofit institute for advanced study located in Berlin, Germany. 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.
Number of award(s): 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 program that includes lectures and presentations by resident fellows, distinguished visitors, and guest speakers.
Duration of award(s): 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.
What does it cover? Fellowship benefits include round-trip 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.
Selection Criteria: The selection processes for the Inga Maren Otto Berlin Prize in Music Composition and the Guna S. Mundheim Berlin Prize in the Visual Arts are based on nomination rather than application. A small number of invited candidates will be considered by two independent international juries.
Notification: Finalist dossiers will be reviewed by the independent Selection Committee following a rigorous screening process. The 2015–2016 Berlin Prizes will be awarded in February 2015 and publicly announced in April 2015.
How to Apply: Applications should be submitted via Online or by regular post or via an express service such as DHL, UPS, or FedEx to Berlin.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 29, 2014.