Sa, 30/04/2022, 01:00 Uhr

Villa Aurora: Aufenthaltsstipendium


In 1995, Villa Aurora became an artist residence and, once again, a place for international cultural encounters. As such, the house stands as a memorial to all the artists and intellectuals who found refuge from Nazi persecution and had tremendous impact on the cultural life of the United States’ West Coast.

Since 1995, more than 400 artists have revitalized this historic place and have in turn been inspired by U.S. culture and nature, the exiles’ traces, and the fellow artists who lived and worked at Villa Aurora with them.

Many of our alumni have since secured a permanent place in the German and international artistic and literary sphere.

General information:

  • Every year, Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. awards up to twelve fellowships to visual artists, composers, authors, film makers and performance artists. Grant recipients reside at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades for three months.
  • During the fellowship, artists work on a specific project.
  • Two artists may apply for a joint fellowship to work on a project together.
  • Fellowships are awarded for a calendar quarter.
  • We are not able to accommodate family members.
  • Overnight visits are limited to two weeks. Villa Aurora charges $10 per guest and night.
  • Villa Aurora staff provide assistance with the implementation of projects and corresponding research, as well as networking opportunities with individuals and partner institutions.
  • During their stay, Villa Aurora artists share two kitchens, several common work and living areas, as well as the garden.

A Villa Aurora Fellowship entails:

  • A round trip flight from Germany to Los Angeles (economy class)
  • A monthly, non-repayable stipend of Euro 1.800,00 (Euro 2.000,00 for a joint fellowship) to cover living expenses and local transportation costs, as well as Euro 700,00 for project-related costs (Euro 2.500,00/month total; Euro 2.700,00 total for a joint fellowship)
  • Free lodging at Villa Aurora in a room with private bathroom


  • Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. encourages applications from freelance filmmakers, authors, and composers whose works have been presented to the public.
  • Visual artists and performance artists may apply by invitation only. They cannot submit unsolicited applications.
  • Applicants are required to live and work in Germany, but do not have to be German citizens.
  • Students are not eligible to apply.

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