Get a Stipend of $5,000 in the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin 2022-2023

Submit an application for the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin 2022-2023 and be

among the lucky scholars to get a stipend of $5,000 per month, alongside other fellowship benefits.

Application Deadline: September 27 2021


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  • Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month.


  • Academy fellows are established and emerging scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study. Emerging scholars should have a strong record of peer-reviewed work beyond the dissertation. Projects that have not significantly advanced beyond the dissertation project will not be considered. Independent scholars are welcome to apply if they meet the general eligibility requirements.
  • Applicants working in most other fields—such as journalism, filmmaking, or public policy—must have a significant record of publication or production. Writers of fiction and nonfiction must have published at least one book at the time of application.
  • Berlin Prizes have been awarded to historians, economists, filmmakers, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, musicologists, public-policy experts, former government officials, NGO leaders, and writers, among others.
  • Candidates should explain how their projects will benefit from a residency in Berlin, but they need not be working on German topics.
  • Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the United States. Limited periods spent outside the US, such as sabbaticals or foreign assignments, must be explained on the application. US citizenship is not required. American expatriates are not eligible.
  • The Academy also accepts applications based on collaborative projects. Candidates must submit separate applications. External reviews will consider the merits of the project as well as the individual candidates.
  • Candidates from previous years are eligible to reapply but are strongly encouraged to revise their project proposals substantially and otherwise update their application materials. A number of Academy fellows have applied one or more times before their selection.

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Application Instructions

We use SlideRoom for our online application. SlideRoom provides resources for applicants here. SlideRoom suggests that Google Chrome provides the best viewing of the application. When the online application system opens, candidates will first need to create a login and password. Once you are logged into the system, the online application consists of three sections: forms, attachments, and references. It is possible to log out of your application and log back in later; your information will be saved for your next session. Required fields in the various forms are marked with an asterisk. Once you have gathered the necessary information and prepared your supporting materials, the application should take about 20 minutes to complete.


If you wish to send your application as a hard copy, please write to and explain why you cannot use the online portal. We do not accept applications by fax or as email attachments.

Fellowship candidates will be asked to complete the online application form and to upload the following documents (as PDFs):


project proposal of 1500 to 1750 words, plus a short bibliography (circa one page), combined in one document

curriculum vitae (up to 10 pages)

two writing samples with a combined total not to exceed 60 pages (in English)

Applicants will also be asked to provide names and contact information for three references (see below).


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About the Berlin Prize at the American Academy in Berlin

$5,000 Stipend at the American Academy in Berlin 2022-2023

The American Academy in Berlin is a private, independent, nonprofit institute for advanced study located in Berlin, Germany. Its fellowship program promotes advanced research in a variety of disciplines.

Each year the Academy welcomes about twenty fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center, on Lake Wannsee. The Academy also invites a small number of invited Distinguished Visitors for shorter stays of one to four weeks, and organizes a diverse public program that includes lectures and presentations by resident fellows, Distinguished Visitors, and guest speakers.  You can find a list of past fellows and Distinguished Visitors on our website.

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 networks, both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public atmosphere, which actively encourages fellows to introduce their work to wider audiences, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The application deadline is Monday, September 27, 2021, at 6 p.m. EST. The system would be reopened in mid-June 2022 for fresh applications

  • For all projects, the Academy asks that candidates explain the relevance of a stay in Berlin to the development of their work.
  • Following a peer-reviewed evaluation process, an independent Selection Committee reviews finalist applications. All candidates will be notified in March 2022.

Program and Venues

  • The program would take place in Berlin.
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