Fellowship benefits include round-trip airfare, housing at the Hans Arnhold Center, partial board, and a stipend of $5,000 per month.
Academy fellows are comprised of established and emerging scholars, writers, and professionals who wish to engage in independent study. Berlin Prizes are awarded to historians, economists, filmmakers, art historians, journalists, legal scholars, linguists, musicologists, public policy experts, and writers, among others. The Academy does not accept applications from visual artists. The competition for the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship in the visual arts is based solely on nomination. Each year a small number of candidates (ca. 12-15) are contacted individually by members of the Visual Arts Jury, whose names are disclosed only following the competition. Fellowships are restricted to candidates based permanently in the US. Limited periods spent outside the US, such as sabbatical, foreign assignment for American publications, etc., must be explained on the application. US citizenship is not required, and American expatriates are not eligible. Candidates in academic disciplines are expected to have completed a doctorate at the time of application. Applicants working in most other fields – such as journalism, filmmaking, or public policy – must have equivalent professional degrees. Although it is helpful to explain how a Berlin residency would contribute to further professional development, candidates need not be working on German topics.
The American Academy in Berlin is a private, non-profit center for German-American cultural exchange. Its fellowship program promotes advanced research in a variety of academic, cultural, and political affairs. Each year the Academy welcomes about two dozen fellows to the Hans Arnhold Center, on Lake Wannsee. The Academy also hosts a small number of invited distinguished visitors for shorter stays of one to four weeks and organizes a diverse program that includes lectures and presentations by resident fellows, distinguished visitors, and guest speakers. In addition to placing a very high priority on the independent work of its fellows, the Academy is in a unique position to aid fellows in establishing professional networks, as well as links to the media, both in Berlin and beyond. The Academy’s public atmosphere, which actively encourages fellows to introduce their work to wider audiences, serves its mission of fostering transatlantic ties through cultural exchange.
Private furnished apartments, equipped with small kitchens, are provided in the Hans Arnhold Center, a villa on the shores of Lake Wannsee. Basic fitness equipment is also available to fellows.
The estate, which lies in the Zehlendorf district, was once the home of the banker Hans Arnhold. The Wannsee train station (a stop for S-Bahn and regional trains) is less than a ten-minute walk away. Trains reach downtown in ten to twenty minutes.