Work stipends – Literature

Target group / Purpose of funding

The work stipends available under this programme are awarded to support the artistic development of professional authors. Stipends are available for work processes of a limited duration and for work on ongoing projects that will either be continued or completed during the funding period. Stipends are awarded on the basis of the quality of work, potential for development and continuity.
Another objective of this programme is the enrichment of Berlin’s literary scene through the promotion and support of innovative texts and authors.

Eligibility and conditions

  • Applicants to this programme must have previously published work or be able to provide samples documenting their literary talent.
  • Authors applying to this programme must live and work in Berlin.
  • Authors who receive a stipend from a third party during the funding period are not eligible for funding through this programme.
  • All applications must be submitted in German.

Funding volume

The stipends are dispensed in twelve monthly instalments of €2,000 each, amounting to €24,000 in total. The funding period for this programme begins in January.

Approximately ten additional scholarships are endowed with €12,000

Recipients of funding through this programme will also be invited to participate in a public presentation of the authors held in the autumn of the funding year.

Call for applications

A call for applications to the work stipend programme is usually issued in april/may of each year for the following year.

Application procedure

Please refer to the current version of the programme flyer for detailed information on submitting an application.

  • Information sheet on working stipends for literature for 2023 (German)

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Please submit your application online together with all relevant documentation.