Please note that the information on this page only applies to funding opportunities through our programme line 1 "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.". Information on our other funding opportunities can be found here.

Before contacting us, please read the general information as well as specific information for host organisations and artists and cultural actors at risk. Please pay particular attention to the information on secure communication!

General Information

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. (Programme line 1)

MRI funding in programme line 1 enables cultural organisations in Germany to temporarily host artists and cultural actors, providing scholarships and a free and safe space for them to continue their creative work and to develop professionally.

Note: The MRI is not an emergency programme. We therefore cannot provide immediate support or speed up processes.

Scholarships in programme line 1 (stay in Germany) last up to 12 months. Based on current estimates, we anticipate funding for 10 - 15 protective stays.

  • 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.

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

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 home countries or have only recently left their home country,
  • do not have access to a safe abode (e.g. due to dual citizenship or permanent residency),
  • 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),
  • For artists and cultural actors from Afghanistan, please consult the call for applications for Afghan cultural actors.

Please note that all the above criteria must be met in order to be eligible for a MRI-scholarship. EU citizens are not eligible for funding.

Due to capacity reasons, within the framework of programme line 1, MRI cannot support with the matchmaking process between artists/cultural actors and host organisation. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Applications for funding must be submitted by host organisations.  
  • An application consists of an application form (incl. annexes) completed in full by the host organisation, and a personal statement completed by the artist/cultural actor.
  • You will receive all forms from the MRI team after an initial consultation session. After an initial assessment of formal eligibility, you will be granted access to our application forms and other useful information (FAQ).
  • The MRI team will be happy to advise you on the application process. Please take note of our application periods for submitting your application.
  • After a formal review of all submitted documents, scholarship holders are selected by an independent committee consisting of members of the art and cultural scene in Germany and of representatives of civil society institutions.

Important note: There is no legal entitlement to the award of a grant by the MRI. Please note that the selection is for the time being still subject to the availability of the budgeted project funds for the financial years 2022/2023. Due to the provisional federal budget administration after the federal elections in September 2021, subsequent adjustments may be made. Thank you for your understanding.

After an assessment of the formal eligibility criteria by the Martin Roth-Initiative, an independent committee selects the project applications to be funded. The selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Existing threats/risk situation for the artist/cultural actor
  • Profile of the artist / the cultural actor (quality and social relevance of previous work / fit with MRI mission).
  • Quality of the application & capacities of the host organisation (Are the goals and measures/activities reasonable, appropriate, realistic and coherent? To what extent is the professional development or continuation of artistic/cultural work of the scholarship holder supported?)
  • Artistic/work-relevant fit between host organisation and scholarship holder, support and integration (suitability of the host organisation)
  • Potential positive impact on the home/host community through the project.
  • Gender and diversity aspects are taken into account when selecting scholarship holders/projects.

Please note that, for technical reasons, the current application deadlines have been extended! See new dates below:

Counselling opportunities are open as of now. Please make an appointment with the MRI.

  • By 11:59pm on 27.04.2022: Deadline for submission of a personal statement by applicant artists/cultural actors.
  • By 11:59pm on 05.05.2022: Deadline for digital submission of the final version of the project proposal by the applicant host organisation. (Please note that we provide standardised forms for project applications and personal statements).
  • By 11:59pm on 12.05.2022: Deadline for submission of a duly signed and stamped application (by post; only host organisation).
  • June 2022: Decision by the selection committee.
  • June 2022: Announcement of the decision of the selection committee (no public announcement).
  • July/August 2022: Signing of the project funding agreements and start of visa issuing procedures (applies only to approved applications).
  • From mid September 2022: Earliest start of temporary stays. (latest start of temporary stays in this period will be 15.11.2022)

Note: There is no legal entitlement to the award of a grant by the MRI. Please note that the selection is for the time being still subject to the availability of the budgeted project funds for the financial years 2022/2023. Due to the provisional federal budget administration after the federal elections in September 2021, subsequent adjustments may be made. Thank you for your understanding.

If there is sufficient demand, we will offer digital information events and announce them here.

FAQ for Host Organisations

Please note the following information for host organisations.

You are welcome to contact us regarding the support of a specific artist/cultural actor at risk or several artists/cultural actors at risk, or to signal a general willingness to cooperate. We will be happy to advise you and jointly determine possibilities for the implementation of a project. Please always observe our instructions for secure communication. 

  • The host organisation must have a legal form (e.g. e.V., gGmbH, etc.). Private individuals may not apply for funding,
  • the host organisation must not pursue any economic gain from the project,
  • the host organisation should have experience in dealing with public funding or be willing to acquire the necessary skills to comply with the public funding regulations,
  • the host organisation must be able to integrate an artist or cultural actor at risk into its structures, support with the continuation of their artistic work, and to provide a necessary level of personal support,
  • the host organisation must be willing to deal with issues concerning security and to take the necessary measures to guarantee safety standards,
  • the host organisation must have sufficient organisational and administrative capacities to deal with matters related to right of residence (if necessary with the support of the MRI).
  • Host organisations organise and implement MRI funded projects. This means that the MRI concludes funding agreements with host organisations, which in turn take care of the artistic, professional and personal integration of the scholarship holder. Host organisations are therefore responsible for the payment of a monthly stipend and the provision of everyday support to scholarship holders.
  • Temporary relocations funded by the MRI aim not only to protect artists and cultural actors at risk but also to provide a free and secure space for them to continue their creative work and to develop professionally. A host organisation should therefore be able to integrate the scholarship holder into existing structures/networks and provide a setting to further their work and professional opportunities.

FAQ for artists/cultural actors

Please note the following information for artists and cultural actors.

      • You can only apply in tandem with a cultural host organisation in Germany. This means that a host organisation must submit an application to the MRI in order to implement a project in Germany with you. If the application is approved, the MRI concludes a funding agreement with the host organisation, which in turn takes care of your artistic, professional and personal integration. Host organisations are therefore responsible for the payment of a monthly stipend and also for the provision of everyday support.
      • Please make sure that your situation responds to the criteria listed under "General Information".
      • Please contact the MRI if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please observe the information on secure communication below. Please also be sensitive when communicating with potential host organisations.
      • If your security situation and the chosen communication channel allow, please describe as concisely as possible, 
        1. how you became aware of the MRI,
        2. which nationality(-ies) you hold and in which country you are currently located,
        3. which artistic/cultural activity you pursue,
        4. what kind of support you are looking for and if you are already in contact with a potential host organisation,
        5. why you need support.
      • If all eligibility criteria are fulfilled, you will be granted access to our Personal Statement form, which you must complete to be considered for the MRI scholarship.

      No, all funding is channelled through designated host organisations. The provision of scholarships without a host organisation is not possible.

      Due to limited capacity, MRI is unfortunately unable to assist in the search for host organisations.

      Please use your network for your search or, if possible, contact organisations you know or have worked with before.

      People from all fields of art and culture can apply for an MRI scholarship, provided that all the above criteria (see general information) are met.

      Contact

      Before you send us a specific request, please read the general and specific information and criteria carefully. Please also observe the following information on secure communication in order to reduce risks for all parties involved (these are recommendations for improving digital protection, 100% security cannot be guaranteed). 

      We recommend that you use encrypted communication services. We have listed one free provider below through which you can reach us. Before you do so, please check whether the installation or use of the respective service in your home country (or country of residence) could lead to security issues (suspicion, prosecution). If necessary, inquire locally and/or research (if possible) on the internet, for example under Privacy International. 

      • Protonmail: This e-mail service allows for end-to-end encrypted messages between Protonmail users. You can create an account free of charge at www.protonmail.com and send us a message to info [at] mri-application [dot] de (please note that this is a Protonmail email address). Attention: If you send an e-mail from another provider to this address, it will not be encrypted! 

      ATTENTION: Unencrypted e-mails or phone calls are comparable to postcards in terms of security. This also applies to channels like Facebook, SMS, Skype and - to a certain extent - Whatsapp. If you still wish to contact MRI in this way, please make sure that you do not disclose any sensitive data (names of persons at risk, information on the risk situation, etc.) when contacting MRI. 

      • email: Please send all requests regarding the MRI programme line 1 to the following email address only: info [at] mri-application [dot] de 

      Please note our Information on data protection and processing of your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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