Berliner Künstlerprogramm
The Berliner Künstlerprogramm – Artists-in-Berlin Program – is one of the most renowned international programs offering grants to artists in the fields of visual arts, literature, music and film. Since 1963, some 20 grants are awarded to international artists for an approximately one year stay in Berlin. The names of over 1.000 former guests impressively underscore the quality of the program. In its almost 50 years of existence, it has made a significant contribution to the international representation of contemporary arts in Berlin.

From the very beginning, the Berliner Künstlerprogramm has defined itself as a forum of artistic dialogue which extends beyond cultural, geographical and, certainly, beyond political borders. This forum is effective and vigorous not only through the work and presence of the artists living in the city, but also through the approximately 100 events a year which the Berliner Künstlerprogramm hosts in conjunction with its guests in Berlin and other cities, and not least, by the international juries of experts in the four sections who decide upon the invitations to be issued. In this way, standpoints of the international artistic avant-garde are mediated, not only in Berlin, stimulating both aesthetic and political discourse. In Berlin, the center of activities is the daadgalerie on Zimmerstraße.

Artists in the fields of literature, film and music may submit an application to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm, application forms can be downloaded at under the link scholarship. Artists in the visual arts cannot submit their own application. In this field an international jury nominates artists for the invitations.

A jury annually selects approximately 20 international guests for the Berliner Künstlerprogramm. Artists in the fields of literature, film and music may apply. You will find the application forms here. In the field of visual arts, a jury recommends artists for invitation.

In addition to the monthly grant, an apartment, workspace (studio) and funds for projects are provided.

To apply, please submit the completed application form and the following work materials:

1. Writers: Your publications (preferably in German, otherwise if possible in English or French) – but please no more than 4 or 5 books; reviews. No manuscripts.

2. Composers: Scores, recordings (records, CDs, DVDs), videos, your publications, but please no more than 3 or 4 samples. All materials for each sound sample – i.e. the score, a description of the work, photos, videos – should be clearly collated for the jurors. If specific parts are to be listened to, they should be marked accordingly.

3. Filmmakers: Videotapes, DVDs (please note: copied DVDs are often not readable, therefore NTSC, PAL, Beta preferred), scripts – but please no more than 2 work samples, preferably most recent works, with subtitles. Please include a synopsis of every film submitted. Maximum viewing time per candidate: 15 minutes. Thus, please mark the extracts which you would prefer to be viewed, especially with regards to long films.

All materials submitted must be clearly marked with name and year created. For economic reasons, only original work material (books, scores, films) can be returned. Copies, manuscripts, copied CDs, DVDs and tapes will not be returned. The DAAD cannot assume any responsibility for submitted materials.

Please note: Every year, invitations coupled with grants are extended to 20 internationally known younger artists to spend 12 months in Berlin. Invitations to filmmakers are issued for 6 months.

For visual arts, an international jury nominates and selects the artists. Therefore, no applications are possible for visual arts.

An invitation to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm is one of the most sought- after scholarships in the world. Therefore, because of the exceptionally large number of applications compared to the limited number of scholarships available, many highly qualified applications cannot be considered. The non-acceptance of an application is not in any way a negative value-judgment about the artistic work of the applicant. Reapplication is possible.

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The deadline in each case is January 1. The jury sitting will convene in the spring.