Why are we running this project?

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

What are our goals?

The aim of the program is to support the creation of publications that refute commonly held stereotypes, inspire dialog and promote mutual understanding.

How does the project work?

We welcome applications both from newcomers and from established 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 to the German speaking public. Works from a range of genres are eligible, including literary and essayistic prose, books of photography, children’s and youth literature, feature films and documentaries, and radio or multimedia productions.

Where is the project run?

We support research for German-language publications in the following countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • South Africa
  • Tunisia

  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Vietnam
  • China including Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao

  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bosnia Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Kosovo
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Poland
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan

In addition, authors, filmmakers, and photographers from China have the opportunity to receive funding for research in Germany.

Who organizes and supports the project?

Crossing Borders is a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, conducted in cooperation with Literarisches Colloquium Berlin.