Akademie Schloss Solitude

Akademie Schloss Solitude background

Akademie Schloss Solitude near Stuttgart is an international Artist-in-Residence programme and has supported approximately 1,400 young artists from more than 120 countries since opening its doors in 1990. It creates a close-knit, global and transdisciplinary network of Solitude alumni that expands from year to year.

Programme description

Application rounds for Solitude are held every two years. The jury awards a maximum of 65 fellowships. International artists and scientists from the disciplines of visual arts and media, music and performing arts, digital art, gaming, digital journalism, digital publishing, architecture and design, literature and language, education, mediation, theory, humanities, social, natural and economic sciences can apply for a fellowship.

The name Akademie Schloss Solitude unites the belief in artistic, scientific exchange with the notion of a refuge, a credo which underlays the construction of the Schloss Solitude from the very beginning. Residencies at Akademie Schloss Solitude enable fellows to devote themselves to their research projects under favourable material and intellectual conditions. In this way, the available resources can be used in an optimal, needs-oriented manner. 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 allows international visibility of fellows and their projects and creates space for new digital projects.

A residential fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude should also be understood as a future investment, as it might sometimes only bear fruit at a later date, for both the fellow and the institution.

The founding director Prof. Jean-Baptiste Joly was the artistic director of Akademie Schloss Solitude from January 1, 1989 until March 31, 2018. Since May 1, 2018, Elke aus dem Moore has been artistic director of Akademie Schloss Solitude.

The Akademie Schloss Solitude is financially supported by the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

Target group

International artists, scientists, and cultural professionals are invited to apply for fellowships in the following spheres of practice:

  • VISUAL (visual arts and media),
  • AURAL & PHYSICAL (music and performing arts),
  • DIGITAL (digital art, gaming, digital journalism, digital publishing),
  • SPATIAL (architecture and design),
  • TEXTUAL (literature and language),
  • SOCIETAL/COMMUNAL-BASED WORK (education, mediation, theory),
  • SCIENTIFIC/art, science & business (humanities, social, natural and economic sciences).

The candidates should not be older than 40. Applications from students enrolled in degree programmes will not be considered. Applications of artist groups are possible. The main language is English. It is possible to complete a creative project within the framework of the fellowship.

For the first time in its 30-year history, Akademie Schloss Solitude expanded its profile with the addition of a thematic focus to the 2019 application round for fellows joining the Akademie in 2020–2021. From 2020 onward, Akademie Schloss Solitude in cooperation with will launch a new programme with a specific content-related focus, which a group of seven fellows is invited to investigate in any way they wish over a period of nine months. With this thematic focus, the Akademie wishes to consolidate the importance accorded by society to transdisciplinary and discursive-artistic work, providing content-related momentum.

Scholarship benefits

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 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.

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.


Application forms and information on the required work samples can be found before the next round of applications. Duplicate applications to the and Akademie Schloss Solitude are not permitted.

An independent international jury selects all fellows. The jury is selected by a committee of experts. Fellowships are granted over a period of six, nine or twelve months.

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