Call for Applications: Radio Art Residency Weimar 2023 and 2024

The Radio Art Residency is an international fellowship programme for artistic practice on the radio. The residency is a joint project by the Goethe-Institut and Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of the World Cultures Berlin) and the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.

Once a year, the programme offers a two-month stay in Weimar for two artists from each of the regions South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa.

In 2023 and 2024, the radio art residency is part of the overarching roof project “Listening to the World – 100 Years of Radio”: In this artistic research project, artists, scientists, media professionals and listeners from the different regions will address various questions about listening in its diversity and its transcultural interconnections.

The aim of the scholarship is to promote creative artistic work and to support the realisation of new artistic works that deal with the thematic focuses of the Listening to the World project. 

During their two-month stay in Weimar fellows are invited to produce a piece on the below-mentioned questions and topics for the sound art broadcasting slot Klangkunst at Deutschlandfunk Kultur and to explore and transcend the boundaries of sound and radio art in interdisciplinary constellations, to be inspired by the intercultural dialogue at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the cultural and classical city of Weimar.

In addition, they will have the opportunity to gain a closer insight into and network of contemporary art in Germany and international sound and radio art in particular.

The fellowship is curatorially supervised and technically supported by Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar.

Listening to the World – 100 Years of Radio

Hardly any other cultural technique has had such a lasting influence on our coexistence as listening to the radio. Radio unites peoples and creates identity, but it is also used for propaganda purposes and as an instrument of espionage and power. It has been a medium of globalisation from the beginning and plays a key role in colonial history.

Every region of the world has its own stories of listening and not listening, of communities coming together and dividing around radio. However, as radio waves do not stop at national borders, these stories are interconnected in many ways.

“Listening to the World – 100 Years of Radio” wants to anchor the historical connection between radio and globalisation in the consciousness of a broad public in and outside Germany. The innovation potential which grows from the cultural heritage of the worldwide radio landscape and the cultural technique of listening to the radio should become audible.

How has radio shaped our listening over the last 100 years? What practices and methods of listening have different cultures developed? How does radio relate to power structures and colonial history? What contribution could a culture of listening make in an increasingly globalised and at the same time polarised world in the future?

Radio Art Residency

The Radio Art Residency Weimar is a project by the Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar, Faculty of Art and Design, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. The programme is supported by the International Cooperation Fund of the International Relations Department at Bauhaus-University Weimar, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar.


  • Financing of arrival and departure expenses
  • Provision of accommodation in Weimar for 2 months
  • A monthly fellowship of 2000 euros (includes material and production costs as well as costs for local transport and travelling)
  • A broadcast in the Klangkunst (radio/sound art) programme of Deutschlandfunk Kultur (national public broadcaster) 
  • Participation in an event of the Listening to the World project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures)
  • Curatorial supervision and technical support by the Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar

Further opportunities:

  • A workshop with students from Bauhaus-University Weimar
  • An artist talk as part of the radio talks series of Experimental Radio
  • Networking with relevant artists and institutions via the network of Experimental Radio and the Goethe-Institut. 
  • A German language course online at a Goethe-Institut in the country of residence


For the period of September 1 to October 31 2023 artists that come from the regions of South America, South Asia and Southeast Asia  or have a permanent residence in one of these regions can apply. 

For the period of September 1 to October 31 2024 artists that come from the regions of Southern Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia or have a permanent residence in one of these regions can apply.  


The programme is for artists working in the field of acoustic and time-based arts (radio, performance and sound artists).

Applications are open to artists from non-German speaking countries without residence in Germany that come from the regions South America, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Southern Africa or have a permanent residence in these regions.       

Experience in audio production necessary for the realisation of their own contribution is desired.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Radio Art Residency would like to foster artistic practices on radio. Therefore, applications with a focus on mainly journalism, entertainment (such as talk shows, features or podcasts) cannot be considered.


Please submit your application by 20 February 2023, 11:59 CET. Applications that are submitted late or incomplete will not be processed.

Unfortunately, because of the number of applications detailed feedback on the submitted application is not possible. 



Please be aware that a positive feedback to an applicant can only be issued considering the current entry regulations of the Federal Republic of Germany regarding the corona pandemic. In case of further questions, don’t hesitate to contact us (see contact above). 



The selection will be made by representatives of the Goethe-Institut, the chair of Experimental Radio at Bauhaus-University Weimar, the Klangkunst editors at Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and an artist from the independent scene.



Is it possible to postpone the time frame of the residency?

No. The time frame of the residency is scheduled for a stay of 60 days on the period that applicant has been selected by the Radio Art Residency Weimar. Either from 1st September 2023 until 30th of October 2023 or 1st September 2024 until 30th of October 2024.

Is it necessary to participate in the entire two months (60 days) of the residency? 

Yes, the fellowship obligates the artist to be present for the entire three months and not be absent for more than 7 days. 

Do I have to pay for the visa?

No, fellows do not have to pay the costs of the visa themselves.

Is it possible to apply with a collaborative project? 

No, the fellowship is designed for one artist.