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Benefits, conditions and selection procedure for a residential fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude:
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The Solitude fellowship is a residential fellowship. Fellows are obliged to spend at least two thirds of their fellowships at the Akademie. All fellows must have their permanent residence in Stuttgart for the fellowship’s duration (obligation to register residence). 

The fellowship includes the following benefits:

  • A free, furnished living/working studio including electricity, water and heating,
  • A monthly fellowship grant of € 1,200,
  • Travel expenses for arrival and departure (on a one-time basis).

The Akademie also offers optional additional benefits which are adjustable in accordance with the current budget situation:

  • Transport expenses subsidy for the carriage of materials, tools, instruments and books to Stuttgart and from Stuttgart to the fellow’s home town,
  • Project funding and one-off materials subsidy,
  • Health insurance in the case of non-EU fellowship candidates.

Fellows may use the Akademie’s carpentry and metal workshops under the supervision of the resident managers. They also have access to a digital film editing studio, a printing and copying room, two small libraries and several computer workstations.

The Akademie maintains 45 living and working studios, and three guest studios. These studios are usually only equipped for one person due to their size and the buildings’ historic design. The Akademie does its best to accommodate families/partners. Please note that this is not always possible in the case of families/partners from abroad, because entry and residence regulations must be observed. 

Selection procedure:

New jurors are appointed every 24 months.

The international first-rate jury guarantees that the chosen fellows are of a high artistic and scientific level. The jurors base their decisions on the qualitative aspects of work samples submitted by the applicants.

There is no legal entitlement to the allocation of a fellowship. The applicant will be informed of the jury’s decision in writing, but no reasons will be given. Individuals embarking on fellowships receive a foundation contract and a set of house rules. Fellowships are deemed legally effective after the foundation contract has been signed.


The following materials must be submitted online: 

For the Spheres of Practice 1 VISUAL and 4 SPATIAL:
Catalog excerpts, publications, project documentations, images (photographs/digital images), videos (please include valid and accessible links to Vimeo) production sketches, stage set outlines (please do not include more than 15 images and 3 to 4 publications).

For the sphere of practice 2 AURAL & PHYSICAL:
Project documentations, scores, recordings (please include links to Soundcloud), publications, scripts (please do not include more than 3 recordings and 1 to 2 scores). 

For the sphere of practice 3 DIGITAL – Digital Solitude:
Links to websites, projects, publications 

For the sphere of practice 5 TEXTUAL:
Books, publications, manuscripts, reviews (please do not include more than 3 to 4 publications). For German literature, texts should be in German language, for international literature texts should be preferably in English language.

For the sphere of practice 6 SOCIETAL/COMMUNAL-BASED WORK:
Project documentations, list of publications, books, reviews, essays, other texts

For the sphere of practice 7 SCIENTIFIC – art, science & business:
Project documentations, list of publications, manuscripts, publications (please do not include more than 3 publications)

To hand in work samples is obligatory! Applications without work samples cannot be considered!


For the thematic focus applicants from all spheres of practice may apply, thus all above mentioned materials can be handed in. Additionally to the CV and the portfolio with work samples, for the thematic focus an abstract (max. 250 words), and a concept paper/essay sketch related to the topic of »Mutations« (max. 1.000 words) is obligatory.

For all spheres of practice you can indicate links (possibly short) to websites, blogs as well as to and All links should be valid until the end of the jury process (end of July 2019).

Youtube-Links will not be considered. Incomplete or incorrect links will not be checked.

For very few applicants who do have only limited internet access we will allow postal applications. However the online questionnaire has to be completed. At the end of the questionnaire you will find the download link to the application for which has to be handed in together with the work samples by post. In case of a postal application all submitted materials must be clearly marked with name, application number, and year of origin.

Incomplete applications (e. g. work samples without an application form or an application form without work samples) will not be considered. It is not possible to submit forms or samples separately.

Selected applicants’ documentation will be retained in the Akademie’s archive. All other applications will be destroyed according to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The return or collection of submitted material is not possible.