Scholarship for Literary Research

On the joint initiative of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Thuringia, the Friends of the Gotha Research Library, the Gotha Research Center, and the Literary Society of Thuringia, writers will have the opportunity to conduct research in the Gotha Research Library for the first time in 2021.

The library scholarship offers authors of all literary genres (novels, poetry, drama, etc.) the opportunity to engage with the research library's holdings during the research phase of their literary projects. The scholarship is endowed with 1,500 euros and enables a one-month stay in Gotha in 2021. Accommodation will be provided.

With the library scholarship, the cooperation partners would like to give national as well as international authors the opportunity to come to Gotha once a year for their literary projects and to work with the holdings of the research library.

The application deadline for the year 2021 has expired. Application information for the upcoming year will be published here in spring 2022.

The first scholarship holder in 2021 is the Berlin-based writer Rainer Merkel, whose high literary quality convinced the jury. The award-winning author has already published several novels. At the research library, he plans to work with the emigrant letter collection and the holdings on the history of Protestantism for his current novel project. The scholarship is endowed with 1,500 euros and allows for a one-month stay in Gotha. Due to further excellent applications, Xenia Helms (Berlin), Ralph Grüneberger (Leipzig) and Sebastian Stuerz (Hamburg) will be invited for a one-week stay in Gotha in 2021.