Guidelines for the Literature Scholarship
Writer of the City of Graz

Call for applications for the "Writer of the City of Graz" scholarship for the period of September 2017 until August 2018.

Donation / Intention of Promotion

The city of Graz awards the "Writer of the City of Graz" scholarship each year. It includes the provision of an apartment for free in the Cerrini-Schloessl on the Schlossberg, from September of the year of awarding until August 31st of the following year, and a monthly allowance of EURO 1.100,--. The Kulturvermittlung Steiermark will supervise the guest in consultation with the City of Graz-Department for Cultural Affairs.

The intention is to promote writers who show innovative ability and examination of current subject matters, quality in aesthetic and linguistic terms, authenticity and artistic independence. The residence in Graz should contribute to cultural exchange and interaction with the local literature scene. The scholarship holders explicitly agree to stay in Graz for at least 8 months during this period.

Writers who already have been "Writers of the City of Graz" in the past cannot apply again for this scholarship. The submission deliberately does not provide any regional restrictions for the applicants, in order to make intercultural discourse between European and non-European writers possible.

Basic Requirements

  • cultural interest in and linguistic affinity to Graz
  • basic German language ability
  • at least one autonomous literary publication (no private publishing); five published texts in magazines or anthologies; or two already broadcast or published radio plays; or one stage play already performed at a theatre or published 
  • cooperativeness for a dialog between literature and the local urban environment
  • cooperativeness for participation in readings, lectures at schools, discussions etc. arranged by the City of Graz-Department for Cultural Affairs or the Kulturvermittlung Steiermark, in order to connect with the public and the cultural scene in Graz
  • working out a proposal for a specific project, which shall be realised during the duration of the stay

Required Documents (six copies)

  • statement of purpose (informal)
  • curriculum vitae (resume)
  • list of publications
  • 2 different publications (plus translations if not published in German) *)
  • printed texts (5-10 pages prose or drama texts; or 5 poems in original language with German translations)
  • concept for the proposed project (appr. 2 pages DIN A4) **)

* Dimension: 5 to 10 pages text samples, sending of books not necessary
** Description of a concrete project idea to be implemented during your stay in Graz

Method of Awarding

  • call for applications
  • evaluation by the extended advisory board for literature and the City of Graz-Department for Cultural Affairs
  • decision by City of Graz authorities

Deadline for Applications:
March 31st 2017 (valid is the date of postmark)

Applications should be sent to:
Kulturamt der Stadt Graz
City of Graz – Cultural Office
Stigergasse 2/II. Stock (Mariahilfer Platz)
8020 Graz

Frau Brigitte Soltys
Tel.: +43/316/872-4907

Submission of compositions on
“Peace of mind”

The Murau International Music Festival (MIMF) 2017 will take place from August 18th to the 25th and will consist of a workshop program for voice and composition as well as a three-part concert series. All composers have the opportunity to submit hitherto unpublished scores to this year’s theme of “Peace of mind”. Selected works will be premiered at the gala concert on August 25th under the artistic direction of Zane Zalis.

If one sees peace of mind as a fleeting emotional state that is difficult to quantify precisely, then it raises the question of what its essence is altogether – what it comprises. Peace of mind does not depend solely on goods, opportunities for development and cultural achievements. An excess of product choices and possibilities and the compulsion to make a decision that goes with it as well as the pressure to perform and compete can lead to discontentment. Social controls and the desire for self-presentation have intensified in recent years by promoting the dissemination of information and visual images in social media.

So what is essential in order for one to find peace of mind? Are we entitled to peace of mind? Is there possibly a social compulsion to have a peace of mind? Or is discontentment even a necessary engine for further development? Composers are invited to explore these and other questions.
We’re looking forward to your contributions!

Criteria for submission:

  • Genre: Pop-Classical Crossover
  • Pieces for mixed choir (SATB), string quintet, piano, percussion, bass, electric bass and/or keyboard
  • Optional for vocal soloists
  • Only unpublished, that is, non-premiered compositions
  • Length: 3-7 minutes
  • Language: German or English
  • Completely edited scores as a PDF file

The composers of the selected compositions will be invited to the gala concert as festival guests and will be presented to the audience. Accommodation and meals in Murau are also included at the invitation of the festival organizers. A submission is no grounds for a legal claim.

Please submit all contributions online at only. Please address any further questions by email to Marko Zeiler:
Kindly note that further information, possible changes as well as results will be posted regularly on

Deadline for submission: April 14, 2017

Wiener Wortstaetten: exil-DramatikerInnenpreis 2017

Drama Kings and Queens wanted! The Wiener Wortstaetten are looking for theatre plays in German that deal with themes of identity, displacement, integration and the life between cultures.

Award: € 2.000 ,-

Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2017

For more information (in German), please visit:

Call for Applications for the Artist-in-Residence-Programme 2017

In co‐operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) for the year 2017. The residency is designed to offer an opportunity to familiarise oneself with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay. This call is open to artists whose permanent place of residence is outside of Austria and who have completed their training. Austrian citizens cannot apply for this programme. A working knowledge of German or English is required. The age limit for applicants is 40 years, i.e. the applicants’ date of birth has to be after 31 December 1976. If an application is submitted by a duo at least one of the artists has to be under the age of 40.

Applications can be submitted for only one of the following disciplines:

  • Visual arts
  • Art photography
  • Video and media art
  • Arts & Science & Technology
  • Composition
  • Literature
  • Literature for children and young people
  • Literary translation
  • Cultural education 

Sector-specific information and the required application form are available on the website of the Austrian Federal Chancellery and on the website of KulturKontakt Austria

European Funding Guide

European Funding Guide is a non-profit organisation based in Germany called ItS Initiative für transparente Studienförderung (Initiative for transparency in student finance). The main objective of the initiative is to bring transparency in the EU funding landscape and to ensure that study support is being accessible for everyone. They started their mission in Germany with the platform showing through a matching algorithm all pupils and students in Germany which support options match their profile.

Because of the great success of myStipendium in Germany, they decided to launch an EU version of it. This version does not only cover scholarships but also all other types of funding that could be applied for to finance your own studies. With more than 12,000 funding opportunities and 28 filter criteria, European Funding Guide is the largest study funding portal within the EU. The project is being co-financed by the European Commission.


Travelworks, a tour operator and the European Funding Guide award this scholarship. They are looking for students who stand to their weakness. Among the applicants so far, there is a candidate who has just escaped death by drowning as a child. The mother had reanimated him then. Since that day, he was always afraid of drowning. His greatest weakness came from his greatest fear. With just 16 years he was able to swim his first track. At 19, he decided to become a rescue swimmer. Since that day, he has saved people from drowning and is an avid water sports enthusiast.

You receive a 4 week  language course in the amount of 3.750 € at the Kewarra Beach in Cairns, Australia, including flights, accommodation, meals and 400 € pocket money. The application should include a video no longer than 1:00 minute or a text no more than 1000 words about you and be submitted online. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

For more information, please visit and


Eurocentres (Stiftung für Sprach- und Bildungsreisen, einem Sprachvermitter) and the European Funding Guide award this scholarship and are looking for students, who go their own way in life. For example, college dropouts, long term students or life artist. 

You receive a 4 week language course in the amount of 4.000 € in San Diego, USA, including flights, accommodation, meals and 500 € pocket money. The application should include a video no longer than 1:00 minute or a text no more than 1000 words about you and be submitted online. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

For more information, please visit and


The university place agent American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and the Social Startup European Funding Guide offer this scholarship. Applications will be taken from students, who can not take their good mood despite the pressure of examination and private turmoil. 

You receive a free semester abroad at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa worth 9.500 €, including course fees, outward and return flight, accommodation, insurance and much more. The application should include a video no longer than 1:00 minute or a text no more than 1000 words about you and be submitted online. Application deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

For more information, please visit and


Since 2005 a compe­tition for compo­sition has been organized for one of the categories of the inter­na­tional compe­tition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music”. One year prior to the compe­tition for chamber music inter­pre­tation one or two prizewinning works in the selected category are picked by an inter­na­tional jury. These works will be on the program of the compulsory repertoire of the respective category and will be performed (first) by the partic­ipants in the framework of the competition.

To be submitted: A compo­sition for a trio comprising piano, violin and violoncello: 

  1. The work must neither already have been accepted for a premiere performance, nor been performed in public, nor been awarded a prize, nor been published.
  2. Maximum length: 15 minutes
  3. Latest date for submission: February 28th, 2017 (date of postmark, email)

Please address your entry to:

Kunstu­ni­versität Graz
Kennwort: Kompositionswettbewerb-Klaviertrio
Leonhard­straße 15, 8010 Graz, Austria

The scores must be submitted as three anonymous copies in a separate envelope or electron­ically in PDF format (max. format DIN A3), marked with a code name chosen by the applicant. Age limit for composers: 38 years, born a er March 1st, 1978.

Jury: Annette Bik, Chia Chou, Clemens Gaden­stätter, Adriana Hölszky (invited), Klaus Lang, Alexander Stankovski, Johannes Maria Staud

In a meeting chaired by Elisabeth von Magnus, Vice Rector for Arts at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, the jury will select the prizewinning work by July 2017. The partic­ipants will be informed of the results thereafter. The official award ceremony will be scheduled as part of the 10th Inter­na­tional Compe­tition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in February 2018 in Graz.

For more information, please visit     


Musicians based in Austria – this is for you! Applications for The New Austrian Sound of Music 2018-2019 are now accepted.

NASOM is a funding program created by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs to give young ensembles, bands, and solo artists the opportunity to perform all over the world. 

Application Deadline: March 27, 2017 

For details and application form (German only) see:


The Cultural Section of the Office of the Federal Chancellor of Austria is pleased to announce 95 Start-Fellowships "STARTStipendien2017" for young artists in the following branches: 

  • Visual Arts (10 Fellowships)
  • Architecture and Design (10 Fellowships)
  • Photography (5 Fellowships)
  • Video and Media Arts (5 Fellowships)
  • Fashion Design (5 Fellowships)
  • Music and Performing Arts (35 Fellowships)
  • Film (5 Fellowships)
  • Literature (15 Fellowships)
  • Cultural Management (5 Fellowships)

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

For details and application form (German only) see:


From August 20 until August 26 2017, the IFK Academy meets in Altmünster am Traunsee (Oberösterreich) for her yearly interdisciplinary exchange seminar. The topic of this year is "Wiederkehr der Gefühle?". The IFK encourages young researchers and in particular doctoral students to apply.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2017   

For details and application form (German only) see:


The IFK is seeking doctoral students from the Social Sciences, Cultural Sciences and Humanities for its IFK Junior Fellowship for the academic year 2017-2018 (October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018). Application Deadline: January 19, 2017

It is encouraged but not obligatory that the submitted interdisciplinary projects reference to the current IFK research focus “Cultures of Translation”. IFK_Junior Fellows receives a monthly scholarship of 1.200,00 € and a working space at the IFK.

For details and application form (German only) see: 

For more information, please visit    

Institute for Human Sciences - Fellowships 


The program supports translations of canonical texts, contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western European languages or vice versa, or between two Eastern European languages. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or female scholars. No applications for works of fiction and poetry are being accepted.

Fellows will spend 3 – 6 months between July 2017 and June 2018 at the IWM in Vienna and receive a monthly stipend of EUR 2,050 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna. The IWM provides fellows with an office including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge.

Deadline for application: February 6, 2017

For more information, please visit


The program offers European cultural journalists (incl. Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) time off from their professional duties in order to pursue in-depth research on a topic of their choice.

Fellows will spend 3 months at the IWM in Vienna, Austria. They will receive a stipend of EUR 2,500 per month and are provided with an office, access to e-mail and internet, administrative and research facilities as well as other services free of charge. Travel grants of up to EUR 1,900 can be paid for research trips to neighboring countries.

Deadline for application: February 6, 2017

For more information, please visit 

    UNIVIE: Summer School

    The univie: summer school -  European and International Studies 2017 takes place from July 15th to August 12th, 2017 at Lake Wolfgang/Austria. The four week program offers high level European Studies courses and the Austrian Arbitration Academy in the morning and German Language courses in the afternoon. The European Studies courses are held in English and focus on Europe and the European Union. They cover political, economic, and legal, but also historical and cultural aspects of the multiple transformations the continent is currently undergoing. The Austrian Arbitration academy focuses on international dispute settlement by arbitral tribunals.

    Students from all around the world who have been at least 18 years old and must have completed two years of studies at college or university level in their countries of residence or have an educational background equivalent to one year at a European university before the beginning of the program.
    Given the intercultural and interdisciplinary aspect of the summer school our course offerings are, without questions, of interest for students from all fields of study, but certainly of special interest for students who concentrate on Europe or study one of the following fields: European Studies, Political Science, Law (Arbitration Law, International Law, European Law, Comparative Law), Economics, History, Cultural Studies, International Realations, Interdisciplinary Studies and German.


    More information about the Sommerhochschule and summer school can be found at our homepage at      
    The application deadline for the summer school is April 30, 2017.

    For more information or special requests please contact the Program Coordinator, at

    International Language Testing (ISK)

    Throughout the year ISK make learning a new language, no matter your level, available. From A1 (beginner) to C2 (master) there is something for everyone. The German courses are based on intensive training for a professional setting, and will enable you to become more inter-connected with politics, culture, law and medicine. Since 1948, summer classes (July and August) are also available. The basic model includes a small group setting from level A1 to C2. Additional models, such as private classes, host family living, excursions and language diploma courses, are also available. When signing up for a course, remember to clearly state that you have become aware of ISK through the Austrian Cultural Forum DC and get 20% off the basic model!

    For more information, please visit      

    Online Classical music academy vienna

    Vienna Virtuoso is a new online conservatory for classical music. This new website already launched their Piano Lessons program and Audition Preparation program. Their vision is to provide the same high-quality music education in every part of the World that students in Vienna's best conservatories receive.  Vienna Virtuoso offers an innovative online video technique called "Focus Lessons" through our technology for about €13 per lesson.  This is combined with a groundbreaking contest system where the best learners advance to world famous virtuoso tutors every six months. All online.

    To celebrate their launch they are offering a 50% discount on all gift certificates on piano and audition services for 50 days. That means that Certified Lessons from Vienna's Official Online Piano Academy will be offered for €6 per lesson for a limited time.

    In addition, they built an online "Vienna Virtuoso Campus" that allows students from all around the world to rate each other's practices, share sheet music and transcriptions, and earn points to win prizes such as concert performances and free tutoring with our world-class Vienna tutors and special guest celebrities. It also is a tool for Music teachers to monitor their students' practices and make group lessons easier. This practice campus is FREE for everyone in the World as a Gift of Music Education from Vienna. This websites technology works in 100 languages and can be implemented on a country-by-country and language-specific basis depending on funding.

    For more information, please visit

    ActiLingua Academy – THE German language school in Vienna!

    This modern language school is situated in beautiful Vienna and is with more than 20 years of experience one of the leading schools for German as a foreign language. The varied course programme is recognized worldwide and recommended by international educational consultants.
    ActiLingua Academy – the right choice for learning German in Vienna!

    For more information, please visit  


    Did you know that German is the most widely spoken language in Europe? Speaking and understanding German is an essential competitive advantage, in your job and also in your private life. Why not learn German in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: in Salzburg at ISK. ISK is an examination center for the “Austrian Language Diploma - German” which is also recognized in Germany and Switzerland. Benefit from highly qualified teachers, all of them being university graduates in German and foreign languages, holding a teacher’s certificate for secondary general and vocational education plus an additional qualification in teaching "German as a foreign language". The ISK directs its courses toward all students of German as a Foreign Language: International firms, ministries and embassies and also school pupils, students, and postgraduates. The various courses offered include: Reading comprehension and writing, listening comprehension and speaking (also considering vocational priorities), regular evaluation of your learning progress, accommodation in host families, and excursions to companies or for getting to know Salzburg.

    From July, 3rd until July, 21st, 2017 and from July, 24th until August, 11th, 2017 the ISK also organizes three-week international summer courses in the historical city of Salzburg. These courses aim to improve your german languages skills during the summer months.

    For more information, please visit

    Artist mobility - Guide for foreign artists

    The Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) has put together a guide for artists and organizers of cultural events that contains information about visas, residence permits and labor market law provisions in Austria.

    For more information, please visit  

    UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Program

    The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Program promotes the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue. The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures. The calls are open to creative writers, musicians and visual artists.

    For more information and current open calls, please visit  

    IFK Akademie - International Research Center for Cultural Studies at the University for Arts and Design Linz

    The International Research Center for cultural Studies at the University for Arts and Design Linz offers fellowships for excellent scholars in various fields.

    For more information on the programs and current open calls, please visit                  

    Grants and stipends for non-Austrians is the Austrian database for Scholarships and Research Grants.It contains information on application conditions, duration, quotas and benefits for each grant in German and English, including grants for international students, graduates and researchers in Austria, prizes and practical training courses all over the world and national grants and universities' individual grants. The website is an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (BMWF) and the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research (OeAD).

    For more information, please visit


    InterNations is the largest international online social network exclusively for people living and working abroad. As a network of trust, InterNations is a place where its members can interact with other internationally-minded individuals sharing the same situation abroad, similar interests, and needs. The local community in Washington, D.C. comprises more than 3000 members from about 150 different national backgrounds including a large German-speaking group. Regular events and get-togethers are hosted and organized by the Local Ambassadors, who are expats themselves and take special care of anyone new to Washington.

    For more information, please visit

    Studying in Austria

    It is an important choice to go to a foreign country and to study there. In order to help you with your decision and to give you access to important information, the Austrian Agency for International Mobility and Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD) has compiled guides, leaflets and folders containing up-to-date information. The brochures provide the most important facts to help you get started with your studies in Austria and gives information on administrative procedures and requirements as well as practical information concerning accomodation and healthcare.

    For more information, please visit  

    World of the Habsburgs

    Like no other dynasty, the Habsburgs determined the fate of Austria and the whole of Europe. The virtual exhibition "The World of the Habsburgs" is the product of an initiative by the Austrian federal government in 2007 and 2008 and was created by a team of historians of the University of vienna as a tool for communication and interaction. This online exhibtion comprises more than 1000 visual representations and keeps expanding. It serves as an introduction to the topic and can also be used as a tool for schoolchildren, students and scholars.

    For more information, please visit  


    This online encyclopedia about Austria includes over 40.000 texts and over 60.000 pictures about Austria. The homepage is devided in three parts: an alphabetic lexicon, a collection of specific Austrian terms and pictures and a community part. (German only)

    For more information, please visit  

    Ariadne Press - Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture and Thought

    Ariadne Press is a publishing house that wants to spread the image of Austrian literature and its ideas to a wider audience and make it availabe to English-speaking readers. Ariadne Press specializes in translations of established and new authors as well as scholarly works.

    For more information, please visit is a non-profit organization and serves as a contact point for the reception, research and preservation of Austrian composers, performers, musical scholars and thinkers who were persecuted or oppressed during the time of the Nazi regime.
    For more information, please visit  

    Goethe-Institut New York Library

    The Library of the Goethe-Institut in New York is one of the few German-language lending libraries and comprises about 7000 volumes including books, audio material, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and magazines. The library is open to the public and in-house use of the materials is free of charge. Members also have the opportunity of long-distance loans.
    For more information, please visit

    Austrian Department for Culture and Speech

    News of the Austrian Department for Culture and Speech on teaching and learning German for children in schools all over the world.

    For more information, please visit

    SOS Children´s Villages from 1949 to Present - Austrian Roots, Global Impact

    The SOS Children's Villages organization was founded in 1949 by the Austrian child welfare worker Hermann Gmeiner and has helped provide a home, medical care and vocational training to over 1 million beneficiaries in 132 countries.
    For more information, please visit