Crossing Borders

The “Crossing Borders” program, implemented jointly by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin, funds international research visits by authors, filmmakers and photographers (m/f). Applicants from China (including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao), India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam can apply for research grants. We are looking for creative people working on relevant themes with a concrete publication proposal and a willingness to engage differentially with the German culture. The aim of the program is to support the development of creative projects which break existing stereotypes and open up a broad perspective on the diversity and multifaceted character of Germany to a larger public. Research grants are available for literary and essay prose works, poetry, photo-text volumes, children’s and young adults’ literature, scripts for documentary and feature films, radio programs and multimedia productions. The size of the grant will depend on the duration of the research and may amount to a maximum of € 9,300. A detailed calculation can be made easily with the aid of the online application form.

Applications can be submitted on the online application portal of the Robert Bosch Foundation between 1. March to 30. April and between 1. September to 31. October respectively.

Program Details

An independent jury will select projects for the grant from the incoming applications. We expect to announce the results by mid-July and the end of January respectively.

The grant holder is expected to demonstrate a high level of individual responsibility. We cannot offer extensive personal supervision, but would, as far as possible, gladly advise on research-relevant places/ institutions and provide contacts in Germany.

In addition to the publication of the Crossing Borders projects, it is also possible to apply for grants to present these works at public events. Applications in this regard are to be sent to the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.


Who receives funding?
Authors, filmmakers and photographers working on literary and essay prose works, poetry, photo-text volumes, children’s and young adults’ literature, scripts for documentary and feature films, radio programs and multimedia productions

Is there an age limit for applicants?
There is no age limit for applicants.

Can several people apply for a grant for a project together?
In principle, this is possible. However, one project leader should be named who will be the contact person for the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and Robert Bosch Foundation and responsible for the project. In such cases, only one application form needs to be completed. Résumés and details of the other participants should be attached along with the application. Only one person may apply for the research grant.

How often is it possible to apply?
Following a rejection, it is always possible to attempt an application again.

Are multiple applications possible?
Applicants, who have already received a Crossing Borders grant are welcome to apply again once the research for the first project has been completed, i.e. once the research report and the billing for the used grant has been completed; first time applicants would, however, be preferred.

What type of publication is a prerequisite for the application?
The grant is subject to a proposal for publication and distribution in the form of either a book, a film, a radio program or a multimedia production. The publication should reach the broadest possible audience.

About the Proposal:

How long should the proposal be?
The proposal should be as long as necessary and as short as possible. A length of three to ten pages is generally sufficient.

What should the proposal contain?

The proposal should give information about the content, style and target group of the project in a concise form. It should explain why the project is suitable for a grant from the Crossing Borders program.

How is the Crossing Borders research funding calculated?
It is possible to apply for:

  1. A grant for the travel costs for the trip to Germany, the onward journey within Germany and the return trip, up to a maximum of € 2400.
  2. A grant for accommodation and extra expenditures on food for a maximum of 31 days, which will be calculated as a lump sum daily allowance.
  3. A research grant for the preparation, execution and post-processing of the research trip up to a maximum of € 1200 per month, for a total of 3 months.

Should I provide details of my own resources or third-party funds?

Details about third-party funds and proof of the applicant’s own resources will have a positive effect on the evaluation of the application. In terms of applicants’ own resources, they should state the costs of practical requirements which would be incurred but which could be covered by their own financial means, e.g. technical equipment, rooms, office resources.

Third-party funds come from further institutions besides the applicant and the Robert Bosch Foundation. The acquisition of further monetary support is welcome. If the proportion of funding by third-party institutions or the applicant’s own resources is not confirmed at the time of application, efforts to secure such funding should be mentioned in the application.

Contact and Advice

Literarisches Colloquium Berlin

Inga Niemann
Am Sandwerder 5
14109 Berlin
Telephone +49 (0) 30 816996-64

Nora Molitor
Telephone +49 (0) 30 816996-63

Nadja Grabsch
Telephone +49 (0) 30 816996-33






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