The Artist in Residence Scholarships (FRESH A.I.R.) offer artists and cultural professionals in the field of Urban and New Contemporary Art the time, the space and the resources to devote themselves (based on the funding guidelines of the foundation Berliner Leben) to an artistic project. During their stay, the scholarship holders have the opportunity to gain new impetus, to develope their art and to gain important experience for their future careers,

Up to 13 scholarship holders will be invited to Berlin for two different periods in 2020. Each period is a 6-month working stay and a scholarsip of 1,900 € per month. Applications for the period April 2020 to September 2020 and for the period October 2020 to March 2021 are possible now. Application deadline is 19.12.2019.

Note: You can apply for both periods with a separate application!



Apr 2020
– Sep 2020

Application for the FRESH A.I.R. scholarship from April 2020 to September 2020

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Oct 2020
– Mar 2021

Application for the FRESH A.I.R. scholarship from October 2020 to March 2021

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Application information and frequently asked questions about the "Artist in Residence" scholarship:
Residence of Anietie Ekanem (Class of 2019)


The artist in residence scholarships will be awarded for 6 months from April 2020 to September 2020 and from October 2020 to March 2021. The value of the scholarship amounts to a total of 1,900 euros per person, per month. This amount is broken down, as follows:

  • Rent-free living (including electricity and Wi-Fi) to the sum of around 1,000 euros per month for the duration of the stay.
  • Cost of living subsidy to the sum of 500 euros per month for the duration of stay.
  • Materials subsidy to the sum of 300 euros per month for the duration of stay.
  • Travel subsidy (fares within Berlin and surrounding areas) to the sum of 100 euros per month for the duration of stay.
  • Taking over the second home tax

For questions about the scholarship, please write an email to

→ FAQ (pdf 0.2 MB)

Funding Priorities

Thanks to the Artist in Residence scholarships, the Berliner Leben foundation creates conditions for artistic project development through its URBAN NATION project. Funding will be provided for project ideas that are expressed through artistic means, and those which fulfil at least two of the following three funding priorities:

Location specificity

  • Projects that reflect the tension between locality and urbanity,
  • Projects with a local reference,
  • Projects that work inclusively within the residential area.

Social commitment

  • Projects that position themselves socially,
  • Participative projects with residents and/or visitors,
  • Projects aligned to the foundation’s goals of supporting social diversity and equal opportunity, or which make a strong stand against discrimination (e.g. sexism, racism and antisemitism).


  • Projects that stand out for their artistic autonomy, that try out new forms of artistic expression, or develop independent artistic forms,
  • Projects that artistically visualise cultural, historical or time-specific phenomena,
  • Projects that deal artistically with the present and future of urban society.

→ The funding guidelines (pdf 1.3 MB)


With Artist in Residence scholarships, the Berliner Leben foundation supports:

  • artists from EU member states residing outside of Berlin,
  • artists from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway
  • artists from the field of urban and new contemporary art, and
  • artists seeking cross-genre exchanges with art forms of urban contemporary art.

General Requirements

  • The project must clearly be a current and unpublished project be recognizable and meet the quality standards of the house.
  • There is a residence requirement.
  • Grant applications and grants from third institutions must be communicated.
  • Each scholarship holder commits to concept and implement a workshop.
  • Each scholarship holder undertakes to attend events of funding partners and the museum (for example, readings, panel discussion, talk, etc.).
  • Each fellow agrees to attend a final presentation,
  • There is a willingness for cultural and artistic exchange with the Foundation and the Berlin area,
  • Further conditions and exclusion criteria can be found in the funding guidelines



Selection is made by a rotating jury. The decision of the jury is final and may not be challenged. There is no legal claim to the awarding of a scholarship. Applicants will be notified of the decisions, but not the reasoning.

For questions about the jury or the scholarships, please write an email to


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