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The DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program is regarded as an excellence award scholarship (not a grant for artists who are still studying or have just graduated).

It is a mid-career grant aimed for artists of all ages, with a unique distinguished artistic signature and a substantial body of works.
DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program residence
Since 1963 around 20 internationally known and qualified artists of all ages, with a unique distinguished artistic signature and a body of work of their own, in the field of visual arts, film, literature and music are yearly invited 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 DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program 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.
A jury annually selects approximately 20 international guests for the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program. 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.
Application documents
The application form for the Berliner Künstlerprogramm can be downloaded here in pdf format → formular.pdf (157k).
Acrobat Reader 4, which is needed to open the file, can be downloaded here:

The deadline in each case is December 1st (postmark).
The international expert jury sitting will convene in spring. 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.

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