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  • Thomas Mann Fellowships are geared toward intellectuals and more specifically eminent personalities whose work addresses fundamental contemporary issues relevant to both shores of the Atlantic.
  • Thomas Mann Fellows are expected to be willing to travel within the United States to meet and enter a dialogue with new partners, particularly outside of the major cities.
  • Thomas Mann Fellows are expected to actively and intensively engage in intellectual exchange with and within the United States based on their own work, and to network with partners and institutions in the United States.
  • Lectures, workshops, readings, colloquia and the participation in other forms of public discussion at universities or cultural institutions in the United States are expressly encouraged, as are contributions to publications, blogs or on social media, and appearances in the media (print, radio, TV, internet).
  • Participation in public events at the Villa Aurora is expected.
  • Cooperation between Fellows staying at the Thomas Mann House at the same time is explicitly encouraged.
  • The residencies are financed by the Berthold Leibinger Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation.


General Information

  • Fellowships are awarded for at least three and no more than ten months.
  • Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V. will determine the length and timing of each individual stay after a careful review and coordination of all fellows’ requests.
  • Staff will assist fellows with the implementation of their projects, corresponding research, networking with partners and institutions in the United States as well as presentations, such as lectures, workshops, and readings.



The Thomas Mann Fellowship entails:

  • A round-trip ticket from Germany to Los Angeles in accordance with German Federal Travel Expenses Law
  • A non-repayable monthly basic payment as a contribution to living expenses, as well as additional allowances where applicable
  • Allowances for travel and accommodations associated with networking with partner institutions may be requested in advance from the program director in Los Angeles.
  • Accommodation in living/private quarters consisting of a bedroom, bathroom and work area