Crossing Borders 2019

We welcome applications from authors, filmmakers, and photographers


The Crossing Borders program provides international research grants to authors, filmmakers and photographers who address current social issues and seek to reflect their impact on different cultures and societies through their work.

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

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.


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.

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