SomoS Visiting Researchers /Academics/Writers Residency

The application period for SomoS Berlin Artist-in-Residence Program 2020 is now open. Inquiries for specific periods are welcome and international residents will be accepted on a rolling basis. Stays in this program are minimally 1 month.

Researchers and academics visiting Berlin in order to pursue projects and research in the creative fields are invited to stay for a time at SomoS Art House. They will become a part of a thriving artistic community with an active exhibition and event program and will easily and swiftly become well-acquainted with the creative, networked city that is Berlin.

Professionals will be provided with accommodation in furnished studios with access to shared areas of SomoS such as a large fully-equipped kitchen, library, office facilities, a big social living space and salon (suitable for presentations, talks or meetings). SomoS’ team is at hand 5 days a week to deal with any questions you might have. While most participants in this Visiting Researchers /Academics/Writers Residency are working independently, we welcome cooperations with SomoS on a project, or some kind of public presentation of your work, especially for longer stays.

The well-insulated studios feature wooden floors, mostly high ceilings, LED-light panels, large double pane windows and central heating and are equipped with working table, chairs and bed. A shared bathroom is outside the studio. The adjacent exhibition/project space measures 110 qm. Two studios feature a private kitchen & bathroom.


All applicants are requested to provide the following materials:
– a short description of the planned activities for the period of their residency, maximum 400 words.
– proposed dates of the residency
– a link to their website
– an up-to-date CV
– a portfolio in pdf format

SomoS is situated in the middle of the vibrant multicultural creative urban area. Within walking distance are numerous art spaces and artist facilities and services, photo/film/video services, and institutions such as Künstlerhaus Bethanien, the BBK Print Facilities and Media Studios, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, NGBK as well as many stores, cafes, and restaurants.

Costs & Funding

Fees are evaluated yearly. Starting from January 2020 the fee is 1.150 € per month. A small studio is available for a reduced fee.

Interested artists/curators/researchers are advised to seek funding well in advance from their associated institutions or sponsors/subsidizing organizations. Below you will find a list of funding opportunities for scholarships, stipends, fellowships, travel grants etc. which your country offers. If selected for a residency, we can provide you with an official declaration of admittance.

Find information on residency/research/travel funding:

Call for Curators Grant List
On the Move – Int. Cultural Mobility Network
ISE NY Int. Grant Program
Curators International
DAAD Scholarship Database

European Cultural Foundation
Soros Foundation

Artists’ (& Curators’) International Development Fund

The Leverhulme Trust – Travel, AIR, Research

Mondriaan Fonds
Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds
Prins Claus Fonds

Cultureel Erfgoed
Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie

Ministère de la Culture
Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg
Œuvre Nationale de Secours Grande-Duchesse Charlotte
Fonds Culturel National Luxembourg
Le Relais Culture Europe – Luxembourg

IASPIS: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program for Visual Artists
Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation

Office for Contemporary Art Norway – OCA

Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Åland)
or the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania):
Nordic Culture Point

The Danish Arts Foundation

Stiftung für deutsch-polnische Zusammenarbeit

National Cultural Fund of Hungary

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

On Board

Cultural Export Fund

Scholarships for Hellenes (researchers/scholars)

Arab World:
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

Artis Contemporary Grant Programs

Canada – Québec:
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts
Claudine & Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art

Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Arts Envoy
Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures – Grants
Jerome Foundation
The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant
Burning Man Global Art Grants
The Durfee Foundation (Los Angeles)

Fondo Iberoamericano de ayuda IBERESCENA
Museum Professionals Research/Travel Grants

Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

Cultural Exchange Program
National Program for Cultural Support (PRONAC)
Projetos de Pesquisa (research grant, literature, music, performance)
Secretaria de Cultura de Rio de Janeiro
Circula Minas
Música Minas
Incentivo á Cultura (Minas)

Bahia, Brasil:
Edital Mobilidade Artístico-Cultural

South Korea:
Busan Cultural Foundation
Arts Council Korea
Daegu Foundation for Culture

Cultural Representatives ROC

Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Development Council

National Arts Council Singapore – NAC

Japan Foundation: Arts and Cultural Exchange
Pola Art Foundation
Nomura Foundation
Asahi Arts Foundation
Asahi Shimbun Foundation
Canon Foundation in Europe Research Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

New Zealand:
Creative NZ