DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program 2024 for international artists and cultural practitioners

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DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program 2024 for international artists and cultural practitioners. Apply below.

When is Application Deadline:

17th December 2023

Tell Me About Award:

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is one of the most renowned residency programs for international artists and cultural practitioners in the fields of visual arts, film, literature, and music & sound. Each year, it awards residencies in Berlin to around twenty outstanding cultural producers.

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The fellowship was established to offer artists time and space to focus on their creative practice without production obligations. Fellows are invited to actively engage not only with the dynamic cultural scenes of Berlin and Germany but also various communities within the city. Each year around twenty outstanding artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds are invited to Berlin. The Artists-in-Berlin Program is committed to including and presenting a wide range of voices and perspectives. Of particular importance to us here is the advancement of gender equality.

Since its inception, the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program has been a key player in cultivating the internationalization of contemporary art in Germany. However, there is still much work to be done in terms of recognizing the value and relevance of contemporary practices beyond a Eurocentric framework. At present, we see it as our responsibility to demonstrate a clear commitment to creating equal access, visibility, and resources through our institutional practice without measuring artistic positions against a Western art and culture system and its market.

Which Fields are Eligible?

The artistic fields: Visual Arts, Film, Literature, Music & Sound, and their application specifics



Who can Apply?

The program is an award for outstanding international artists from the fields of visual arts, film, literature, and music & sound. It is intended for established artists who have already developed their own voice and standing.

There is no (upper) age limit.

An academic background is not required. However, the Artists-in-Berlin Program is primarily interested in positions that critically engage with historical issues as well as contemporary discourses. We therefore prefer artists who go beyond pure aesthetics and address the relevant issues of our time.

Applications may only be submitted in the categories of filmliterature, and music & sound. Application requirements for these specific artistic areas can be found below (see→HOW DO I SUBMIT MY WORK SAMPLES?). In the visual arts category, artists are nominated and selected by a specialist jury. Accordingly, applications cannot be submitted in this category.

The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program receives hundreds of applications every year. Given the limited number of fellowships on offer, many highly qualified applications might not be accepted. An application that is not accepted in no way implies a negative assessment of the applicant’s artistic work.

Applicants can reapply at any time. By submitting an application, artists agree to the guiding principles of the program.

Where will Award be Taken?


How Many Awards?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of Award?

A monthly stipend to cover living expenses and rent.

Provision of a furnished apartment. Please note that not all apartments have the same level of accessibility (e.g. elevator / equipment).

Travel and luggage expenses (scheduled flight, economy class), also for partners and children if they reside in Berlin for the entire duration of the fellowship

If necessary: health, accident, and liability insurance; premiums are deducted from the stipend payments.

German language courses (optional).

How Long will Award Last?

The duration of the fellowship is twelve months in the visual arts, literature, and music categories, and six months in the film category.

How to Apply:

A personal data form and an application form including links to work samples must be completed online. The application portal can be accessed here during the application period.

A preview PDF of the application form can be viewed online for preparation purposes.

For detailed guidelines on submitting your work please see →HOW DO I SUBMIT MY WORK SAMPLES?

Optionally, one PDF of press reviews (i.e. articles & reviews of your work in magazines/newspapers/online media) can be uploaded. Please note that this is not a space to upload your own works/portfolio. Due to the multi-phase application process, all links must remain available until August of the following year (see →WHAT HAPPENS AFTER SUBMISSION?).

In contrast to previous years, we do not accept any submissions via email. Thank you for understanding.

Visit Award Webpage for Details