The Jean-Jacques Rousseau fellowship program, founded in 2011, was established in order to provide authors of both sexes with financial support in emergency situations of all kinds, be it political, economic or other difficulties. It is hoped that the fellowship will allow them to pursue their literary activities in improved conditions. The program is being sponsored by a citizen of Stuttgart who wishes to promote contemporary literature with this unique fellowship and prefers not to be named.
Why call a fellowship after Jean-Jacques Rousseau?
Exiled, censored and ostracized, the life of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778), who paved the way for the French Revolution, was riddled with calamity and failure. His literary and philosophical œuvre champions man’s liberation as vociferously as it makes exclusion from an earthly paradise an inevitable constant.
Last but not least, Schloss Solitude owes its name and function as a place pioneering a return to nature to the philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose principal works »L’Emile« and »Du Contrat Social« were published in 1762, i.e. in the year of Solitude’s foundation. After all, Rousseau was no stranger at the Württemberg court, and carried on a long and lively correspondence with Louis Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, the brother and successor of Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg. With this fellowship program, which aims to alleviate emergency situations experienced by contemporary authors, Akademie Schloss Solitude continues the tradition of enlightenment to which it has dedicated itself since its foundation.
It is not possible to apply for this fellowship.
Selection approach: Each year, the Akademie asks a dozen intermediaries from its international network to submit names of authors they consider in need of support on the grounds cited above. Here, the focus is placed both on the urgency of these individuals’ emergency situations and their qualitative literary talent.
The search for suitable candidates may be limited to a specific country at the discretion of both the sponsor and Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Each year, fellowship decisions are taken by a jury of three, consisting of the sponsor, a representative of Akademie Schloss Solitude and an external member.
The working fellowship consists of a financial allowance, and is not necessarily linked to a residency at Akademie Schloss Solitude. Both the fellowship amount and the length of any residency at the Akademie, if desired, will be determined by the jury on an individual basis. The fellowships awarded to date amount to between € 2,000 and € 5,000.
In the past, Akademie Schloss Solitude has discovered that some radical emergency situations which develop at lightning speed also demand a rapid, non-bureaucratic response. As a result, a fund for short-term decisions has been established in addition to the regular Jean-Jacques Rousseau Fellowship, which can be used for particularly acute cases.