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Residency – conditions, benefits, selection procedure

Fellowship: Conditions

Persons up to 35 or if older who have completed a university or college degree within the past five years are welcome to apply. Currently enrolled university or college students (at the time of application) will not be considered for selection. Several fellowships are also awarded regardless of the applicant's age. It is possible to complete a project within the framework of the fellowship. 50 to 70 fellowships are allocated every 24 months. Akademie Schloss Solitude has 48 studios at its disposal.

International artists are invited to apply from the following disciplines: architecture (design, landscape architecture, urban planning), visual arts (including performance art), performing arts (stage design, dramatic texts, dramaturgy, musical theater, performance, direction, drama, dance), design (fashion, costume, product and furniture design, visual communication), literature (essay, criticism, poetry, prose, translation), music/sound (interpretation, sound installation, sound performance, composition), time-based media (including video, video installation, documentary and fiction film) and digital solitude (web design, web development/coding, web art and digital journalism).

Furthermore, scholars, scientists and professionals from the discipline of the humanities, economy/economics and the excact sciences are invited to apply. 

At the beginning of a new application round, the Akademie stipulates a new central topic within the context of its art, science & business program which is designed to include not only fellows from all disciplines, but external specialists too. The Akademie views art, science and business as complementary rather than separate activities, which interact dynamically and encourage mutual productivity. To this end, fellows are selected in the fields of art, science & business, internal and public events are organized and publications are released. All fellows – artists, scientists and economists – are free to participate in projects related to the central topic.

The responsible specialist jurors make decisions on the allocation and the duration of the fellowships.

Fellowships are granted for the duration of three to twelve months.

One of the following three languages is assumed: German, English or French.

Simultaneous applications for fellowships from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg GmbH and from the Akademie Schloss Solitude are not permitted.

Applicants not selected in the current selection process can reapply a maximum of two more times. Former fellows of Akademie Schloss Solitude are not eligible.


Fellowship: Benefits

The Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship is a residence fellowship. It is expected that the fellows spend at least two-thirds of their residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The fellowship includes the following:

A combined apartment/studio, furnished with electricity, water and heat free of charge.

A stipend amounting to Euro 1,200 monthly (plus one-time expenses incurred by the fellowship holder travelling to and from Stuttgart from his or her primary place of residence).The Akademie may also offer additional financial supplements, depending on its respective budget situation.

Freight cost subsidy for the transport of materials, tools and instruments to and from Stuttgart; a project promotion subsidy and materials subsidy; in the case of non-German guests (from non EU-countries), assumption of their health insurance expenses.

The use of the workshops owned by Akademie Schloss Solitude under the supervision of the technical director, are free of charge for fellowship holders.

In light of the historical character and architectural substance of the building, the combined apartment/studios are generally only suitable for one person. In special cases the Akademie will consider allocating two studios for families.

All artists invited to stay at Akademie Schloss Solitude are obliged to establish residence in Stuttgart for the duration of the grant (compulsory registration).


Fellowship: Selection Procedure

The jury system is currently being revised. Details will be announced in due time before the next application round starts. 

No one has a legal right to be awarded a fellowship. Therefore, the jury is under no obligation to justify its decisions. Decisions regarding Solitude grants will be communicated to the applicants in writing.

Upon arrival at the Akademie, the holder receives a house contract and house rules. The fellowship is regarded as legally binding once the grant holder has signed the house contract.