Through the Crossing Borders program we fund international research trips by authors, filmmakers and photographers:

> from China (incl. Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam, to Germany

> from German-speaking countries in Europe, Asia and Africa


The Funding

We welcome applications from authors, filmmakers, and photographers alike who take interest in conducting first-hand research, visiting authentic places, and creating works that offer new perspectives on other societies. Works from a range of genres are eligible, including literary and essayistic prose, photographic work, children’s and youth literature, feature films and documentaries, and radio or multimedia productions.

Depending on the destination country, it is possible to apply for research funding of up to 15,000 which includes:

> Subsidy for the travel costs for one way, continuation and return travel to the destination country/countries up to a maximum of € 2,500,


> Subsidy for accommodation costs and meals for max. 31 days

> Subsidy for the preparation of the work, implementation and follow-up of the research trip in the amount of € 1,500 per month for a total of max. three months.

Event Funding
In connection with the publication of the Crossing Borders works, it is possible to apply for funding for the presentation of these works at public events.

More Information on the funding of events

Where can the project take place?

Funding is available for German-language publications in countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. In addition, authors, filmmakers and photographers from China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam can apply for funding for research projects in Germany. It is possible to apply for funding for those countries listed on the map.



Aserbaidschan Kasachstan Kirgisistan Mongolei Tadschikistan Turkmenistan Usbekistan


Ägypten Ägypten Algerien Angola Äquatorialguinea Äthiopien Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi Dschibuti Eritrea Gabun Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Kamerun Kap Verde Kenia Komoren Kongo, Demokratische Republik Lesotho Liberia Libyen Madagaskar Malawi Mali Marokko Mauretanien Mauritius Mosambik Namibia Niger Nigeria Republik Kongo Ruanda Sambia São Tomé und Príncipe Senegal Seychellen Sierra Leone Simbabwe Somalia Südafrika Sudan Südsudan Swasiland Tansania Togo Tschad Tunesien Uganda Westsahara Zentralafrikanische Republik


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.

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 € 2.500.
  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
  3. A research grant for the preparation, execution and post-processing
    of the research trip up to a maximum of € 1.500 per month, for a
    total of 3 months.

    A system-based calculation of the amount of funding is carried out on the application portal.

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.

The synopsis should be as long or as short as necessary. Between three and five pages is an adequate length.

The Crossing Borders funding is set up as a grant. Depending on the destination country, it is possible to apply for a maximum of €10,000, which must be used exclusively for research purposes. Production and distribution costs must be covered by the applicant’s own means, or applications must be made to other funding bodies to cover these costs.

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.

Following a rejection, it is always possible to attempt an application again.

In principle, this is possible. However, one project leader should be named who will be the contact person for the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and responsible for the project. In such cases, too, only one application form needs to be completed. Please indicate all persons having provided an idea among the participants in the project; résumés and details of the other participants should be attached along with the application. Only one person may apply for the research grant.

There is no age limit for applicants.

It is not necessary for applicants to already have public recognition. The program is open to young talents as well as established authors, filmmakers and photographers.

The applicant him/herself specifies the duration of the research and the intended publication deadline on the application form. However, no more than 31 days of research trip will be subsidized.

The synopsis should give information about content, style and the project’s target group. It should make clear why the project is suitable for funding through the Crossing Borders program.

The process of calculating and preparing invoices involves submitting supporting documents; invoices may be submitted up to the maximum permitted amount. The invoice for the grant for board and lodging is calculated based on actual days of travel. The final standard amounts are calculated using the invoice form. The permitted grant for the preparation of work does not have to be calculated based on supporting documents; instead, it is a standard amount. The evidence required here is the research report together with the invoice form. The grant for the preparation of work can also be used for costs which cannot be invoiced via the other items, e.g. costs for translations or guides.

Details about third-party funds and proof of the applicant’s own resources will have a positive effect on the evaluation of the application. Under the applicant’s own resources, s/he should state the costs of practical requirements which would arise, but which could be covered by his/her own financial means, e.g. technical equipment, rooms, office resources.

The acquisition of further monetary support is welcome. If the proportion of funding by third-parties 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.

Funding is available for research for publications in the categories of literary and essayistic prose, poetry, photo-text volumes, children’s and young adults’ literature, scripts for documentary and feature films, radio programs and digital publications (e.g. e-books, as long as they are published by an e-book publisher, contributions which appear on websites with editorial supervision and with relevant reach, apps for mobile end devices). A multimedia combination of digital and non-digital formats is also possible. No funding is available for exhibitions and theatre productions.

Information for applicants from abroad

It is possible for authors, filmmakers and photographers from China (incl. Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam to apply for funding for research in Germany.

Members of the crossing borders jury

Jing Bartz

Cultural Manager and Consultant


Jürgen Jakob Becker

Deputy Director LCB, Director Deutscher Übersetzerfonds


Thomas Brückner

Translator, editor and cultural mediator


Eva Corell

Editorial director for ARD-Abroadstudios and the Studio Berlin (radio) of the Bayerischer Rundfunk


Reinhild Dettmer-Finke

Screenplaywriter and director


Walter Filz

Editorial director of Literature and Feature, SWR2



Julia Gerlach

Specialist in political and Islamic studies, journalist and non-fiction author


Matthias Harder

Curator of the Helmut Newton Foundation at the Museum für Fotografie Berlin


Reni Isa

Lecturer in Indonesian at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at the Humboldt University Berlin


Nele Münchmeyer

Author and director for film and television


Jutta Person

Author, journalist and specialist in cultural studies


Thomas Salb

Division manager in programme coordination and multimedia at ARTE TV Germany


Ekkehard Skoruppa

Department Manager Artistic Word, SWR 2


Applications can be submitted between 1 March and 30 April, as well as between 1 September and 31 October via the Robert Bosch Stiftung application portal. An independent jury selects which projects to fund based on the applications received. The decision is expected to be announced in mid-July and at the end of January respectively.

If you have any question concerning the application, please contact us:

Advice Research Funding
Inga Niemann
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
Am Sandwerder 5
14109 Berlin

+49 30 816996 64

Advice Research Funding
Juliane Schallau
Literarisches Colloquium Berlin
Am Sandwerder 5
14109 Berlin

+49 30 816996 33