Application Process


  • Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. encourages applications from freelance filmmakers, authors, and composers whose works have been presented to the public:
  • Film: Screening at a festival, in the theater or on television.
    Literature: Publication of a book
    Music/Composition: public performance of a work
  • Visual artists and performance artists may apply by invitation only. They cannot submit unsolicited applications or be recommended for a fellowship by curators or institutions. Artists in this category are invited to apply by curators who are selected by Villa Aurora on an annual basis.
  • Applicants are required to live and work in Germany, but do not have to be German citizens.
  • Students are not eligible to apply.


  • The application form for film, literature, and music/composition can be found on the bottom of this page.
  • Application forms for visual arts and performance art will be sent by post to those artists invited to apply.
  • We try to avoid plastic waste. Please submit the signed confirmation of your application without transparent envelopes.

Selection Process

  • All applications will be checked for completeness by the staff at the Berlin office.
  • Independent juries decide on the granting of fellowships.
  • Applicants have no legal right to the fellowship.
  • Applicants will be informed of the juries‘ decisions by email or by post. No reasons will be given.
  • If chosen, the applicant will receive a consent form. The fellowship award will take legal effect only after this consent form has been signed.


Applications for 2020 must be postmarked on or by April 30, 2019.


Please send the confirmation of your application to

Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V.

Jägerstraße 23

10117 Berlin