German, English
4 or 8 months
Paid by host:

The fellowships are endowed with 1,400 € a month plus subsidy to the travel costs for arrival.
Three fellowships are awarded for the period of four months and three fellowships are awarded for the period of eight months. All residential fellowships run from April each year.

All artists invited will have their registered residence in Bad Ems for the time of their stay (compulsory registration). Artists must be free of all professional commitments for the period of their fellowships.

The fellowship holders are provided free of charge with a furnished room in the artists’ residence for living and sleeping, with shower/WC and a studio. Due to the historic nature the building is not barrier-free and the apartments and studios in terms of their size and equipment are normally only suitable for one single person. The conditions of use are governed by the House Rules, which the fellowship holder must observe. The artists’ residence bears all ancillary costs including water, electricity and heating. The lounge, the dining room and the kitchen are for joint use. Pets are not admitted.

The fellows may use free of charge a in-house library containing approx. 6,000 books, mainly on modern and contemporary art, and the major art magazines.

After the fellowship acceptance, the applicant will receive an agreement concluded with the Künstlerhaus and the house rules. Once the contract has been signed by the fellowship holder, the award of the fellowship is legally binding.  

Application guidelines:

All fellowships are announced publicly. It is not possible to apply for a Balmoral residence fellowship and a fellowship for artists with relation to Rhineland-Palatinate in the same year. Applications for a Balmoral residence fellowship are only allowed for four or eight months. The decision on the award of the fellowships will be made by a panel of experts in consideration of the applicants’ capability of further developing their artistic work. There is no legal claim to obtaining a fellowship. The applicants will not receive any reasons in writing for the decision made on the awarding of the fellowships, but will be informed of the result; preferable by e-mail. Applicants who were not accepted are not allowed to apply in the following year neither for the same nor another fellowship. They may apply again for a maximum of two further Balmoral residence fellowships. The awarding of a fellowship excludes further applications in the following five years after the end of the fellowship. An application will not be accepted if the same fellowship has already been awarded to that candidate.

Application documents (no originals!)

  • Two-sided application form
  • CV including your artistic career history and previous grants
  • Diploma
  • Explanations to the artistic work and aims during the stay (altogether max. 300 words)
  • At most 10 photos or other images of the artistic work (no slides, no photo CDs, no Mac data CDs)


  • At most one exhibition catalogue; no collective catalogues
  • At most 1 video file in mp4 format, no longer than 15 minutes, via WeTransfer to i[email protected]; file name: name of applicant, title, fellowship

The application materials must not exceed A4 size and a total weight of 2 kg incl. packing. The Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral is not responsible for submitted application material. Applications by e-mail will not be accepted. An application form is available for download during the application period for each fellowship and must be completed and submitted with the application. Applications without a filled application form will not be accepted. Reshipment of the application documents will take place upon receipt of payment of EUR 15 on account mentioned in the application form. Reception of fee after the deadline will not be considered.

Please note: If the reshipment is not marked in the application form, the documents will be destroyed automatically after the completion of the selection procedure. Exclusion of liability The Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral assumes no liability for any application.

Send your application to:
Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral
Villenpromenade 11
56130 BAD EMS

They will acknowledge receipt by e-mail as soon as all data is recorded. Please note that it could take up to 4 weeks.


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Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral

Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral


The artists’ residence Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems is an institution incorporated in the Foundation for Culture, Rhineland-Palatinate, from where it receives its funding. It is a place for artistic production, meeting and discussion. Since its foundation in 1995, Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral has attended various work projects including all disciplines of visual arts. Visual artists from Rhineland-Palatinate as well as national and international artists are sponsored through the award of artist-in-residence fellowships and project, foreign and exchange fellowships. In addition one residential fellowship is awarded to a curator. The house also opens its doors to the public and features a wide-ranging program with events such as guided tours, open studios, lectures, exhibitions, artist courses, concerts and a summer festival.

Residential fellowships in the Künstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral in Bad Ems are awarded to international visual artists. Furthermore a curator fellowship is awarded to a junior academic graduate.

Since 2013, fellowships are offered in one artistic genre or one theme each year which is announced at the beginning of the application period early May. This offering, which is unique in Germany, is intended to enable deeper mutual creative cross-fertilisation among the resident artists. It will also lead to a more intensive specialist exchange of ideas with external artists, speakers, teachers, curators, etc.

For international visual artists:

  • Three 4-month Balmoral residential fellowships
  • Three 8-month Balmoral residential fellowships

The scholarship holders can make use of the library and reading room with approx. 6,000 books, particularly on modern and contemporary art and the most important art magazines.


Scholarship holders are required to write a report about their stay afterwards.

Studio Information

Studio of 17-27 m².

Accommodation Information

Individual apartments of 16-20 m². Furnished living/bedroom with shower/WC and a studio including electricity, water and heating. Each apartment is equipped with an individual telephone and internet access. If required, the room is also wired up for radio and television. Due to the historical condition of the building, the apartments and studios in terms of their size and equipment are normally only suitable for one single person.

Technical Information

The scholarship holders can make use of the in-house facilities for free, especially of the library and reading room with approx. 6,000 books, particularly on modern and contemporary art and the most important art magazines.


The artists’ house is located in Bad Ems, a historical spa town with a population of 10,000. It lies close to the river Lahn and is about 18 km from Koblenz. The A3 motorway can be used to reach Cologne and Frankfurt quickly.

Contact information

Villenpromenade 11
56130 Bad Ems

info [at]