Residential fellowships

Additional requirements for Bucharest and Sofia
Unlike the studios in London, Budapest and Zug, which are independently run, the studios in Bucharest and Sofia are affiliated with the local Institutes for Advanced Study (New Europe College NEC Bucharest and the Center for Advanced Study CAS Sofia, respectively). The following additional requirements must therefore be met: very good English-language skills, interest in engaging with the region and the humanities, willingness and ability to take part in Institute activities. It is also expected that Fellows play an active role at the Institute through project work

Information about Zug
The studio space in Zug is reserved for artists and writers from the non-German-speaking regions of Switzerland (Italian, French, Rhaeto-Romanic). Fellowships are not awarded for direct applications from Eastern European countries and from countries outside Europe.

Fellowships are not awarded for

  • Direct applications from (south-)eastern European countries
  • Direct applications from countries outside Europe
  • Education and further education projects or project funding
  • Doctoral theses
  • Costs of studio space not provided by the Landis & Gyr Foundation

General Information and application requirements

The Landis & Gyr Foundation awards residential fellowships to Swiss artists and writers for extended stays in London, Budapest, Bucharest, Sofia or Zug. During this time, Fellows pursue a project in one of the following areas:

  • Film (directing, screenwriting)
  • Literature
  • Composition
  • Cultural criticism
  • Theatre (directing, dramaturgy, playwriting)
  • Visual arts

The application period is from December to mid-January; the call for applications is announced in the Swiss media and relevant specialist journals. 

Who may apply
Applications are accepted from Swiss artists and writers or non-Swiss artists and writers whose official residence has been in Switzerland for three or more years. Prerequisite for all applicants is an outstanding record of achievement in one of the disciplines named above. The residential fellowships are not designed to promote individuals at the start of their artistic careers. There is no age limit. 

Past recipients of a Landis & Gyr grant must wait at least 10 years before submitting a new application. Persons who have unsuccessfully applied for a fellowship three times must wait 5 years before applying again. 

What does the Landis & Gyr Foundation offer?
Recipients of a residential fellowship may use the Foundation’s house in London or apartment in Zug, Budapest, Bucharest or Sofia free of charge. In addition, Fellows receive a monthly stipend to cover living costs and a one-time allowance for travel expenses (in the case of London, this is included in the cost-of-living stipend). The studios offer quiet space to live and work. They are not suitable for a stay with children. Applicants may apply to one location only; information on a suitable time period (including a second priority) should also be given.

Application and selection process
In the first phase, candidates submit their fully completed application to the Landis & Gyr Foundation, which sends a confirmation of receipt via e-mail at the end of January 2021. In the second phase, the Foundation’s experts assess the applications and subsequently send selected projects to the Foundation Board. Applicants who are not shortlisted are informed in writing by the end of April at the latest. The final decision on awarding fellowships is communicated in writing by the Foundation Board by the end of May. No correspondence is conducted on the selection process.

Evelyne Lohm, grant coordinator, 041 725 23 58 (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)

The next call for applications will be open on December 2020.

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