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September 1, 2020

The American Academy in Berlin: Berlin Prize

Application Deadline: September 25, 2020, 6pm EST

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.

The Berlin Prize is a fellowship which 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, and to offer two public events about their work. The Academy supports the projects of the Berlin Prize fellows in a variety of ways, from building a strong interdisciplinary community and active networking, to an excellent library service.


  • 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 fieldssuch as journalism, filmmaking, or public policymust 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.
  • 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.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply and how the institute has proceeded to host its fellows during COVID-19, click here.