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:

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Congo, Republic of
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Western Sahara
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

  • 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 (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.

Why does the Robert Bosch Stiftung fund Crossing Borders events?

The events are intended to reach a wide audience, motivating the latter to discuss and develop more understanding for the countries in which the research has taken place. Since 2005, various accompanying events have been carried out in Germany as well as abroad. In this fashion, the subjects which have been researched locally are brought back into the respective countries, enabling a cultural exchange from different perspectives. Among the previously funded activities are readings, film presentations and acoustic theater in literature centers, at festivals, in libraries, universities, schools, and in cultural centers. In cooperation with the cultural TV station ARTE, border crossers regularly present their works at both major German book fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig.

I would like to organize a Crossing Borders event, where and how do I apply for funding?

The Robert Bosch Stiftung funds the presentation of Border Crossers works at various kinds of public events. It is expected that the organizing body applies for the financial support itself, in addition to providing own funding. An organizer may be any of the following: associations, cultural facilities, literature centers, libraries, universities. Before making the specific grant request, the organizer should coordinate with the author (for example, on the location, date, and format of the event). Prior to the event, we would be pleased to offer a telephone consultation regarding organizational questions as well as author referrals.

Travel, accommodation and meal expenses for the authors or presenters may be applied for. Additional funds and/or non-monetary benefits such as room rental, public relations and the support of the authors must be included by the requesting institution.