Martin Roth Initiative | Temporary Relocation to Germany

Artists and cultural actors at risk have the possibility to temporarily stay and work in Germany with the assistance of a host cultural institution.

By Creatives Unite Newsroom
August 23, 2023

MRI funding in programme line 1 enables cultural organisations in Germany to temporarily host artists and cultural actors and to provide a free and safe space for them to continue their creative work. The funding includes a monthly scholarship.

How long does a scholarship last?

  • Scholarships in programme line 1 (stays in Germany) last up to 15 months.

What does support funding in programme line 1 involve?

  • A monthly scholarship
  • Individual support for the scholarship holders (e.g. necessary insurance, psychosocial support, language courses, trainings, networking activities, etc.)
  • If necessary, financial support for additional personnel for the host organisation (please note that we cannot fund permanent staff and freelance work that is not directly related to the purpose of the grant).
  • Counselling by the MRI and further training (for example on topics such as safety, sensitive public relations, psycho-social support) as well as networking activities and exchange of experience with other host organisations and scholarship holders.
  • Please note that the scholarship visa does not automatically entitle scholarship holders to take up employment or self-employment in Germany.

Who can be a host organisation?

  • Host organisations can be cultural institutions or collectives (e. g. museums, theatres, festivals, etc.) and other socially relevant organisations that are based in Germany. These organisations not only host scholarship holders, but also provide support for their artistic/cultural development and personal well-being.

Who is eligible to receive a scholarship?

Artists and cultural actors worldwide, who

  • Through their artistic work are committed to an open society, freedom, peace and democracy and who, because of their work or due to other circumstances, experience restrictions on their freedom or threats from state and/or non-state actors.
  • Are still active in their countries of origin, have only recently left their countries of origin (departure after the deadline of the last call for applications by the MRI on the 17.02.2023), or are not safe in their current locations.
  • Do not have access to a safe abode (e.g. due to dual citizenship or permanent residency by means of a national or humanitarian visa).
  • Have the necessary language skills to facilitate collaboration with a host institution.
  • Who are demonstrably artistically/culturally active and whose works have a proven artistic/cultural and/or social relevance (hobby artists or persons who undertake purely private artistic activities are not eligible for funding).
  • Since the MRI has a special programme for artists and cultural actors from Afghanistan, they cannot apply to the regular programme line 1.
  • EU citizens are not eligible for funding.

Deadline: 19 September 2023

Apply here