Karl-Sczuka-Research Fellowship

The Goethe Institute, in cooperation with the Südwestrundfunk (SWR), annually awards the "Karl-Sczuka-Research Fellowship" for international radio art projects as an additional prize to the Karl-Sczuka-Prize. This is awarded annually by Südwestrundfunk (SWR) as part of the Donaueschinger Musiktage. The internationally renowned prize is awarded to the "best production of a radio work that uses musical materials and structures in acoustic forms of play".

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Conditions of Funding

The research fellowship is aimed at artists
  • who work in the field of acoustic and time-based art (radio, performance and sound artists)
  • who deal with the narrative, technical and artistic possibilities of the medium of radio
  • who are based in Germany.

The aim of the research grant, which is endowed with 5,000 euros, is to support the research phase for international radio art projects, which is often only possible under rudimentary conditions, and thus to strengthen the willingness to engage with other cultural spaces through a research stay in non-German-speaking countries. The Goethe-Institut supports the winner by providing contacts to relevant institutes abroad in the Goethe-Institut network.

The documents must be submitted in full.
Applicants must be based in Germany.
The research grant will be used for a stay in a non-German-speaking country.
The submitted work comes from the field of radio art.

The independent jury of the Karl-Sczuka-Prize makes a shortlist of applicants (preselection).
The winner is then selected on the basis of the preselection with the participation of a representative from the Goethe-Institut. The jury makes its decision
by a simple majority of votes. The current jury of the Karl-Sczuka-Prize is chaired by Olaf Nicolai. Further members are Inke Arms, Julia Cloot, Michael Grote, Thomas Meinecke.

Please send the completed PDF document to:

The submission shall also be accompanied by the following upload (after submitting the application form, you will receive a link for the upload from us):
  • The production in the form of a broadcast-ready audio file.
  • A manuscript or treatment (PDF).
  • A short biography and a selection from the list of works of the author(s) (PDF).
  • A free photo portrait of the author(s) with photo credits (300dpi).

The winner will be selected from the applications for the Karl-Sczuka-Prize, provided that the applicants have also declared their participation in the competition for the "Karl-Sczuka-Research Fellowship in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut" when submitting their entry.

Next application deadline

May 23rd, 2023


Iris Drögekamp
Head of secretary of the Karl-Sczuka-Prize Tel. 49-(0)7221-929-26312
Petra Roggel
Goethe-Institut e.V., Bereich Film, Fernsehen, Hörfunk

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