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Research stipends

Target group / Purpose of funding

The stipend programme was established to support the artistic or curatorial development of professional artists, curators and artist or curatorial groups working in the visual arts,who have a track record of producing outstanding work. By supporting new ideas and approaches, the research stipends are intended to enhance the diversity and quality of artistic and curatorial work produced in Berlin.

Funding is provided to research activities that, for instance,

  • involve research or preparatory work on a particular topic
  • develop new projects
  • are aimed at tapping new or different working techniques
  • allow for the continuation or completion of particular works
  • support mediation, documentation or publication etc. Stipends are awarded on the basis of the artistic quality of previous work and quality of the proposed research endeavor.

Eligibility and conditions

  • Applicants should have completed a professional qualification in the arts and/or provide evidence of professional artistic activity in their field that extends over several years.
  • Applicants must live and work in Berlin. In the case of groups, the majority of members must live and work in Berlin.
  • Applicants may not be enrolled at a higher education institution.

Funding volume

The research stipends of € 8,000 each are dispensed in the period from September to December of the respective funding year.

Call for applications

A call for applications to the work stipend programme is usually issued in the spring of each funding year.

Application procedure

The previously existing application ban for artists who applied for the research fellowship in 2020 has been lifted for for the research fellowship in 2021.
This is to enable all artists living in Berlin who have the prerequisite of an application (see notes under target group, purpose of funding and rerequisites) to participate in the procedure due to the restrictions on their artistic work caused by the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

The jury members 2021:
Lizza May David, Ursula Dobereiner, Kasia Fudakowski, Andreas Koch, Maren Lübke Tidow, Noemi Molitor, Beate Scheder, Karin Scheel, Claudia Wahjudi, Christina Werner, n.n., n.n.

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

Programme flyer - Research Stipends in Fine Art 2021

PDF-Document (319.8 kB) - As of: 6. April 2021

FAQs Research stipends

1. Application requirements

Yes. The previous application block for artists who applied for the 2020 research fellowship in 2020 has been lifted for the 2021`s call for applications.
This is intended to give all artists living in Berlin who have the prerequisite of an application (see information sheet) the possibility to apply – due to the containment of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

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No. Designers, scenographers and directors are not eligible to apply, scriptwriters and cinematographers in the field of documentary film and feature film/cinematography.

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Yes. Project grants can be combined with fellowships.

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Yes. The fellowships from the Senate Department for Culture and Europe can be combined with each other up to a cumulative total of €24,000/year.

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Yes. Applicants for the Visual Arts Working Stipend 2021 can apply for a Research stipend 2021. However, it is not possible to receive both stipends in one year. Should these applicants be selected for a working stipend, they would be removed from the jury process for the research grants.

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No. For groups, the majority of the group members must live and work in Berlin. This must be proven for all group members by sending in a confirmation of registration or the front and back of their identity card.
In the case of a group of 2 persons, both must be registered in Berlin.

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No. Applicants who are enrolled at an institution of higher education at the time of application (also with the aim of obtaining a doctorate) are not eligible to apply.

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No. Applicants who are enrolled at a university at the time of application cannot apply. If you have recently completed your studies, you must provide proof of completion without being asked (please attach a certificate to your CV).

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  • Short description of the project (in the application form) in English
  • No certificate of registration submitted (e.g. only front side of ID card or only passport, registration address not evident)
  • Portfolio too long

Please see information sheet for all details!

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2. Application formalities

No. Portfolios longer than 10 A4 pages (or 11 pages including cover page and all figures) will not be accepted. In the interest of equal treatment of all applicants, the corresponding application will be formally excluded.

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No. The application form must be completed in German (including a brief description of the proposed work). The attachments may be in English (portfolio and CV).

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In conjunction with an official confirmation of registration from the citizens’ registration office, this is sufficient. If you do not send this, it is mandatory to submit the back of the ID card that shows the registration address.

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You have 6 weeks to submit the application and find an option with better internet for it. There is no exception. Applications that have not been submitted in full by 08.04, 18:00h cannot be considered. There is no possibility to send in the application by email.

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The info sheet explains in detail what you need to submit and in what format or what maximum file size.

  • Application form to be filled out online with a brief description of your research project (max. 1900 characters including spaces)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • portfolio
  • Both sides of your identity card and/or registration certificate (the registration address MUST be confirmed by the authorities).
  • Residence permit, if applicable

We recommend to prepare everything according to the information in the info sheet before starting the online application.

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  • On the last day of the application deadline, uploads may take longer due to increased data traffic. We HIGHLY recommend that you do not start the application submission on the last day of the application deadline.
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In the portfolio you can present yourself as an artist*/curator* and e.g. present representative projects. The portfolio should focus on the last 3 years. However, if you would like to include older information, you can of course do so. The portfolio hast o be be limited to 10 pages (or 11 pages with cover page).

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Non-European citizens: Please send a copy of your ID and your residence permit plus a confirmation of your Berlin address („Meldebestätigung“).
European citizens: Please submit confirmation of registration for your Berlin address („Meldebestätigung“), optionally a copy of your passport/ID card.

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No. Proof of your Berlin registration address plus (optionally) a copy of your passport/ID card showing your citizenship is sufficient. A copy of your ID is not mandatory, since you confirm your citizenship in the application form. Formally, it is sufficient to submit only the confirmation of registration („Meldebestätigung“).

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We are aware that appointments may be delayed due to Corona. Therefore, for British citizens, proof of the Berlin registration address („Meldebestätigung“) is sufficient for the application. If necessary, please send in your residence title as soon as it is available.

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3. After submitting the application

All applicants will be informed about the result of the jury meeting by e-mail in August 2021.

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After all applicants have been informed about the result of the jury process (expected mid/end of August 2021), the selected scholarship holders will receive a scholarship notification by mail. Attached is a declaration of consent, which you must fill out, sign and send back (email and afterwards also mail) before the scholarship can be paid out. The desired payment rates can also be entered here.

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At this point in time, we assume that the lifting of the 2-year application block will only affect the year 2021. Lifting the application block entails a considerable amount of additional administrative work, for which funds are initially only available in 2021. I.e., if necessary, the block will be reintroduced in 2022. In 2022, only those artists who did not apply in 2021 will be able to apply.

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Probably 239 – almost 4 times as many as usual.

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Please submit your application – together with all relevant documentation – online.

Submit an application online