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Akademie Schloss Solitude

The new application round of Akademie Schloss Solitude for residential fellowships from 2017–2019 starts on September 1, 2016. Akademie Schloss Solitude is granting approx. 70 residential fellowships of three to twelve months in duration. More than 1.300 artists from more than 120 countries have developed and advanced projects at the Akademie since its opening in 1990, creating a close-knit, global network of Solitude alumni that expands from year to year.

It is essential for the self-conception of Akademie Schloss Solitude that fellows of all disciplines are enabled to work and research free of daily pressures and presentation deadlines. Despite this, the Akademie offers the possibility to communicate and present projects to the public. Besides the realisation of numerous public events, the online platform Schlosspost allows international visibility of fellows and their projects through an extremely flexible magazine and portfolio structure.

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 installation, fiction and documentary) and Web-based Media (web development/coding, web design/animation, web art, digital journalism/storytelling with focus on arts & cultural communication).

Furthermore, scholars, scientists and professionals from the disciplines of the Humanities, Social Sciences (with focus on culture and  geopolitics), Economy/Economics (with focus on urban policy), and History (with focus on practices of writing and politics in the contemporary) 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 from all three fields, 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. Following a suggestion by the current jury chairman, Kaiwan Mehta, the Akademie will be organizing its art, science & business program around the
central topic »The Practice of History in Everyday Life«. With this central topic, the Akademie would like to initiate a comprehensive interdisciplinary discussion about the practices of writing and politics of History in the contemporary and its implications in society.

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. PhD students may submit applications. Each fellowship recipient is granted Euro 1,150 per month (plus one-time expenses incurred by the fellowship holder travelling to and from Stuttgart from his or her primary place of residence). The fellowship includes a free, furnished living/working studio including electricity, water and heating.

The independent jury consists of the jury chairman Kaiwan Mehta and twelve specialist jurors who independently allocate the fellowships for their respective disciplines. The jurors will soon be announced.

Application deadline is Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (Postmark).

As of September 1, 2016, applicants will find all information, be able to
register and download the application form here:


Stuttgart: Germany


  • Residency Length: three to twelve months
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: Approx. 70


  • Artist Status: Emerging Artists
  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The candidates should not be older than 35. If they are older, these candidates must have completed their degrees within the last five years. Applications from students enrolled in degree programs will not be considered; PhD students may submit applications.
    A limited number of fellowships are awarded regardless of the applicants’ age.

  • Application deadline: November 30

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
  • Accessibility: no

Residency Fees

There is no cost for this program.

Stipends / other support

The Solitude fellowship is a residency 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 € 1,150; – Travel expenses for arrival and departure (on a one-time basis).

Additional expectations / opportunities

The Akademie also offers optional additional benefits which are adjustable in accordance with the current budget situation: Rent subsidy in the case of double housekeeping; 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; Subsidized 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 photo laboratory, a printing and copying room, a library and several computer workstations. The Akademie maintains 45 living and working studios. These studios are usually only equipped for one person due to their size and the building’s 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.

Contact Information

Solitude 3
Stuttgart, 70197