On the joint initiative of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Thuringia, the Friends of the Gotha Research Library e. V., the Gotha Research Centre and the Literary Society of Thuringia e. V., writers were given the opportunity to research in the Gotha Research Library for the first time in 2021 with a scholarship.
The library scholarship gives authors of all literary genres (novel, 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 also enables a one-month stay in Gotha in 2022. Accommodation is provided.
Applicants are requested to inform themselves about the Research Library in advance and to name the holdings relevant to their literary project in their application.
The first scholarship holder in 2021 was the Berlin-based writer Rainer Merkel, whose high literary quality convinced the jury. The multi-award-winning author has already published several novels. At the research library, he worked on his current novel project with the holdings of the emigrant letter collection and on the history of Protestantism. Due to other outstanding applications, Xenia Helms (Berlin), Ralph Grüneberger (Leipzig) and Sebastian Stuertz (Hamburg) were also exceptionally invited to Gotha for a one-week stay each in 2021.