Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE SCHOLARSHIPS? Qualified artists as well as artists taking a non-academic path in life which led them to Urban and New Contemporary Art, and who have already appeared before the public in the form of works or publications. We also provide support to young talent (students). The AIR grants have no age limit.

CAN I APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP EVEN IF I DON‘T LIVE IN GERMANY? Yes. Artists from EU member states can apply. The application process and further communication will be made in German or English.

DO I NEED TO PROVIDE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OF AN EU MEMBER STATE? When applying, please provide us with your citizenship. Additionally, please submit official proof of your current address (copy of official photographic ID, copy of a residence registration form).

CAN I USE REFERENCES FROM ABROAD FOR MY APPLICATION? You can submit references from abroad so long as they are written in English.

WHAT LANGUAGE CAN THE DOCUMENTS BE IN? We will accept application documents in German and English.

WILL I BE NOTIFIED ONCE I HAVE SENT MY APPLICATION? Once we have received your application documents, you will receive a confirmation of receipt via email.

WHO CARRIES OUT THE PRE-SELECTION AFTER THE APPLICATION? The Berliner Leben foundation checks the formal requirements and compatibility of the project submitted with regards to content using the funding priorities expressed in the advertisement. Furthermore, the viability of the project submitted, among others, is assessed in consideration of organisational and financial factors.

WHO MAKES THE DECISION ON THE AWARD? An international assembled panel of experts decides whom to award the scholarship to. The panel is only presented with completed applications.

HOW AND WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY APPLICATION WAS SUCCESSFUL? We will let you know no later than one week after the selection meeting whether or not you will be receiving the scholarships.

DO I NEED TO DECLARE THE SCHOLARSHIP PAYMENT ON MY TAX RETURN? According to our information, Artist in Residence scholarship payments are unremarkable with regards to tax. Therefore, you do not need to declare this on your tax return.

WILL I BE TOLD OF THE REASONS IN THE EVENT OF REJECTION? Due to the large quantity of applications received, we are unable to provide individual feedback.

DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO APPLY FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP? The application is free of charge. Provided that the application is approved, the scholars will only be required to cover the costs of travel to and from Berlin (Bülowstr.) and a security deposit amount of 300 Euros.


HOW DO I RECEIVE POST IF MY CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESS CHANGES? If your correspondence address changes, you must ensure that any post is forwarded to you. Please let us know of your address in good time should it change permanently.

WHAT OBLIGATIONS DO I HAVE TO MEET AS A SCHOLAR? It is important to us that scholars develop during the scholarship. We expect scholars - to expand on the points in the programme for the URBAN NATION Museum in the form of a workshop, lecture or similar programme format for the general public during the course of the scholarship, - to be present at the final presentation of work results, - to be prepared for a cultural and artistic exchange with the Berliner Leben foundation and other reative artists.

I AM CURRENTLY SPONSORED BY ANOTHER AUTHORITY. CAN I STILL APPLY? The scholar is authorised to receive state or private funding which does not exceed the ceiling of €450 a month. Possible sponsorship, which runs at the same time as the Artist in Residence scholarship must be communicated to the Berliner Leben foundation immediately.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO RECEIVE FUNDING FOR THE SAME PROJECT FROM ANOTHER PUBLIC INSTITUTION? No. You may not apply with a project that you are already receiving support for.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE FUNDING GUIDELINES? Funding guidelines can be downloaded here.

DO I HAVE TO PAY BACK MY SCHOLARSHIP? No, provided that you comply with the participation conditions which are specified in the funding guidelines, you will not be required to pay back your scholarship.

WILL I RECEIVE A HEALTH INSURANCE ALLOWANCE? No, you will receive no additional allowances other than those stated in the funding guidelines.

WHO CAN ACCESS MY DATA? Only employees of the Berliner Leben foundation have access to any personal data. Documents relating to the project, and no personal data, are presented to members of the selection committee. Funding from the Berliner Leben foundation complies with the data protection provisions applicable in Germany. The data will not be passed on to third parties. The data will only be used for the purposes of selecting and supporting scholars. Any additional uses require an additional agreement.

Application »PICTURING DEMOCRACY« Fresh A.I.R. 04/2022 - 09/2022

On this page, you can apply for the Fresh A.I.R. scholarship by creating an applicant profile.
The Fresh A.I.R. scholarships of the Stiftung Berliner Leben offer artists and cultural practitioners the time, space and resources to devote themselves to an artistic project in accordance with the foundation’s funding priorities. Up to 13 artists are invited to live and work in our artist residencies in Berlin for 6 months.

The current call is for the 7th year starting in April 2022 and ending in September 2022.

The application is open until: 30.06.2021.


Since the turn of the millennium, the global community has been facing a variety of political, economic and social challenges, such as extremist terrorism, financial crises and refugee crises, which have put our understanding of democracy and solidarity to the test. Most recently, the viral pandemic also shook the European community to its core and at times pushed it to its limits. Thereby, the pandemic-related decrees and restrictions on democratic freedoms served those who aimed to use emotional rhetoric and new populisms to influence opinion-forming processes and destabilize citizens' trust in democratic institutions and free media. The degradation of public media as a reliable source of information complicates reasonable, fact-based discourse and democratic understanding between institutions and the population.

Art – essentially democratic itself, since it can be freely interpreted - needs democracy in order to thrive. Most recently though, art has experienced rarely seen restrictions in the time of the pandemic and temporarily fell silent as a critical corrective, as a means of social self-reflection and as a producer of political utopias. The call for proposals »PICTURING DEMOCRACY « of the seventh class of Fresh A.I.R. is aimed at European artists whose projects stimulate public discourse, develop strategies to protect democracy, and visually unfold imaginaries of future developments of democracy as a form of government.


How did democratic societies develop and how is democracy practiced today? In the first thematic field of action »EXPLORING«, artists are invited to analyze and process current events and political conditions, and to express them in their artistic projects.

Funding will be provided for:
  • Projects that address theoretical models of democracy artistically
  • Projects that reflect on the current state of democracy and/or its history


In which ways can a democracy be threatened and what measures are conceivable to protect it? In the second thematic field of action »PROTECTING«, the focus is on developing strategies to strengthen democratic values and institutions and to protect them from being attacked.

Funding will be provided for:
  • Projects that critically address protests against and attacks on the democratic form of government.
  • Projects thatProjects that identify possible vulnerabilities of democratic forms of government and provide innovative ideas to strengthen democracy


Facing the future, what challenges do democracies have to prepare themselves for? In the third thematic field of action »RETHINKING«, artists are invited to work out what democracy means in the 21st century and to imagine how it can develop in the future.

Funding will be provided for:
  • Projects in which the mutability of democracy is considered and which address possible transformation processes
  • Projects in which the mutability of democracy is considered and which address possible transformation processes

General Notes

The data input and transmission takes place via a secure Internet connection, so that third parties can not see your data. As you type, you can constantly review and change your information. All information in the application portal can be made in German as well as in English. Please provide all information completely and truthfully. Incorrect information leads to exclusion from the further selection procedure.


For the participation in this application process, the condition is that you are at least 18 years of age or older and your main residence is actually outside of Berlin (a proof is required when your application was accepted). You also may not apply with a project that you are already receiving support for.

  • The project must be clearly identifiable as current and unpublished, as well as meeting the desired quality standard.
  • Residence is obligatory.
  • Funding applications and contributions from third-party institutions must be declared.
  • Every fellow is obliged to design and deliver a workshop.
  • Every fellow is obliged to participate in funding partner and museum events (e.g. readings, podium discussions, etc.).
  • Every fellow is obliged to deliver a final presentation of their work results.
  • Fellows should be willing to interact culturally and artistically with the foundation and Berlin surroundings.

Please confirm the following queries in order to start with the application:

1. Personal Information




Address Appendix


E-Mail (Repeat)
Phone / Mobile

2. Curriculum Vitae

Please share relevant stages of your professional or artistic career, such as relevant training or university degree, practical experience, solo or group exhibitions, participation in other A.I.R. programs, teaching activities, other details relevant to the project.

Description (max. 1000 chars)

3. Project Description

Describe here your project that you would like to implement during your scholarship as accurately as possible. Please note that with this description, you tell the selection committee the purpose of the project, the goals set and the steps required. Define the relation your project has to the funding priorities specified in the call for tenders.

Project title

Fields of action

Short description (max. 500 chars)

Project description (max. 10000 chars)

Budget Plan

The budget plan is the basis for a material cost grant of 1,800.00 € for a 6-month scholarship. Please calculate the fixed and variable costs for your project here (excluding costs for accommodation, utilities and living expenses). Please do not use decimal spaces.

Description (max. 1000 chars)

Amount (EUR)

4. Work Samples

Here you have the opportunity to upload samples of your previous projects and works of art (maximum 4 images each with a maximum of 10 MB per image). If you want to highlight a project, you can select it as the cover image.


Link (URL)

The announcement of the scholarship holders will be made promptly on the website of the URBAN NATION Museum and a written notification of the granting of the scholarships will be issued.

With the submission of this application:


Your application has been successfully submitted.

Please always include your application ID in any questions.

Contact for questions:  FreshAIR-office@stiftung-berliner-leben.de


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