Why are we running this project?

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.

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, photographic work, children’s and youth literature, feature films and documentaries, and radio or multimedia productions.

Where can the research project take place to be eligible for funding?

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

In addition, authors, filmmakers and photographers from China (including Taiwan, Macao, Hong Kong), India, Indonesia, Japan and Vietnam 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.