Berlin Science Week is offering a research grant to support international media representatives who would like to report on scientific topics related to the Berlin Science Week 2022. Reporting can take place before, during or after the Berlin Science Week (1–10 November 2022). The research grant aims to further strengthen the international public perception of Berlin as a location for scientific excellence and to contribute to the promotion of independent science journalism.

This year the Berlin Science Week offers two separate research grant programmes, digital and in-person.

Up to eight media representatives will be selected for the digital participation in the programme. They will each receive a research grant of €500, provided by the Berlin Senate Department for Higher Education and Research, Health, Long Term Care and Gender Equality. The grant will be awarded as a lump sum for digital research and reporting.

For the in-person participation up to three media representatives will be selected. Each of them will receive a research grant of €1000, which will be awarded as a lump sum for research, reporting, travel costs and accommodation in Berlin. The grantees are expected to participate in-person in the two-day festival hub – Berlin Science Week Campus, which will take place on 4–5 November 2022 at the Berlin Natural History Museum.

All participants will have access to an online platform with an exclusive journalist programme introducing high-level scientific institutions of Berlin and to connect with fellow attendees.


Applications are open to international media representatives with a proven track record as a science journalist (freelance and staff writers). Applicants are expected to research and publish an article on a topic related to the programme of the Berlin Science Week (see below). There are no restrictions on specific media areas or the form of publication.


Please send your application documents in one PDF to by 26 September 2022, 23:59 CEST.


  • Cover letter and short research plan (1–1,5 pages long) on your preferred topic, including planned publication date and media contact. Those applying for the in-person programme must additionally include an article pitch (1–1,5 pages) connected to the Berlin Science Week Campus’ topic “Paradigm Shift: Co-Creating a Sustainable Now”. The submission of the pitch is mandatory for the review process of the in-person candidates.

  • Please note: The subject of your reporting must be one of the event topics. See below for the complete list of the festival’s topics.

  • Short CV showing your journalistic career and – if applicable – journalism grants, awards, etc.

  • Max. three examples of your journalistic work within a field of science

Contact person: Katharina Mikulcak, Coordinator BSW Fellowship,


A jury of scientists and communications experts will choose and inform the successful candidates by 5 October 2022.

Travel to Berlin for the participants of the digital programme is not necessary. If digital participants would like to organize their own stay, the research grant already includes allowances for living and travel expenses and no further reimbursement will be made by the Berlin Science Week.

For in-person participants travel to Berlin is mandatory. The grantees are responsible for organising their trip to Berlin, including travel and accommodation bookings. The Berlin Science Week cannot cover any additional travel or accommodation costs. Country-specific Covid-19 travel requirements apply, please make sure to inform yourself before planning the trip.

There is no legal claim to the research grant. Applications received after 26 September 2022 will not be considered.


The seventh edition of Berlin Science Week takes place from 1–10 November 2022. The science festival will include a diverse programme with over 150 in-person, hybrid and digital formats with topics ranging from multi-perspectives on tackling the current environmental and societal crises, highlighting, and discussing the importance of science engagement, showing recent progress in AI and quantum technologies to raising the question about multilateral and interdisciplinary collaboration in science and beyond. The complete festival programme will be published on 29 September at

The programme of the festival’s hub, Berlin Science Week Campus at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, will center around the topic “Paradigm Shift: Co-Creating a Sustainable Now”. Look forward to a diverse programme and gain insights into innovative approaches that help create a sustainable Now. Each perspective and every contribution help detangle questions towards a true paradigm shift. Whether you are a (future) scientist, knowledge- seeker, science dummy, or curious citizen, join us as we CO-CREATE visionary spaces for two days and open a dialogue between science and civil society, art, and technology beyond conventional formats.

Among the participating organisations this year are Berlin University Alliance, ETH Zurich, ResearchGate, Zukunftsorte Berlin, IASS Potsdam, Stiftung Mercator, Falling Walls Foundation, Science Notes, Max Plank Society, Bayer Foundation, Global Food Summit, American Academy in Berlin, All European Academies (ALLEA), Berlin Institute of Health, and many others.

Berlin Science Week 2022 TOPICS

Please select up to three topics which you would like to cover from the list below:

    • Planetary Health & Sustainability
    • Tech & Engineering Innovations
    • Health & Wellbeing
    • Future of Life & Work
    • Societal Trends & Transformations
    • Discovering Earth & Space
    • Art & Science
    • Open Science & Collaboration
    • Breakthroughs & Foresight
    • Learning & Working in Science

Berlin Science Week
Falling Walls Foundation gGmbH
Katharina Mikulcak
Kochstrasse 6-7
10969 Berlin

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