Feuchtwanger Fellowship

Every year, Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. in cooperation with Reporters without Borders Germany and the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library at the University of Southern California (USC), awards a fellowship for up to six months to writers and journalists who defend human rights and/or are persecuted in their home countries.

With this program, Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e. V. commemorates the exile of artists and intellectuals during World War II and calls attention to the fact that censorship and suppression of free speech is still prevalent around the world.

Former Feuchtwanger Fellows:

2022 Eric Ojo, Nigeria
2021 Emir Olivares, Mexico
2019 Hadeer El-Mahdawy, Egypt
2018 Onur Burçak Belli, Turkye
2017 Alida Tota, Albania
2016 Diane Nininahazwe, Burundi
2015 Yasmin Merei, Syria
2014 Pham Doan Trang, Vietnam
2013 Sviatlana Kurs, Belarus
2012 Hassouna Mosbahi, Tunesia
2010 Christopher Mlalazi, Simbabwe
2009 Sanath Balasooriya, Sri Lanka
2008 Galima Bukharbaeva, Usbekistan
2007 Xu Xing, China
2006 Mary Ayubi, Afghanistan
2005 Zeynel Abidin Kizilyaprak, Turkye (Kurdistan)
2004 Syl Cheney Coker, Sierra Leone
2002 Shahid Nadeem, Pakistan
2001 Zineb Laouedj, Algeria
2000 Kunle Ajibade, Nigeria
1999 Tin Tin Win, Burma
1998 Akinwumi Adesokan, Nigeria