Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Additional Materials For Music And Arts For Germany


Important:
For applicants in Music and Arts to Germany.

In addition to submitting Supplemental Materials via the Supplementary Materials Upload Portal, all applicants in the arts for Germany must submit separate materials, as described below.

For further review in Germany, mail hard copy sound recordings or art documentation (prints, slides, etc.) postmarked by the October deadline, to:

Fulbright-Kommission
Attn: American Programs
Luetzowufer 26
10787  Berlin
Germany

*Please retain any important tracking information for your records.

For questions specifically regarding these additional materials and requirements, please contact the Fulbright Commission at [email protected]


General

Applicants must have completed at least a bachelor's degree by the time of arrival in Germany. Scholarships for performing art or music candidates are offered for one academic year and only at “Staatliche Musikhochschulen” (universities of performing arts or music). Placements at private institutions or with private teachers cannot be considered.

 

Application requirements

Field of Music

The required sound recordings must meet the following requirements:

  1. The sound recording must contain complete pieces/works of a high degree of difficulty.

  2. At the time of application, all recordings must be no older than one year and must be of the best possible technical quality (no mp3, AAC, etc.). Each movement must have its own track.

  3. Sound/image media in form of an audio CD or DVD video are accepted. The Audio CD or DVD video must be playable on standard CD/DVD players.

  4. Any sound recording must be labelled with the following information:
    • applicant’s name
    • composer’s name
    • title of the work/piece

  5. Together with any sound recording, a cover letter providing an overview of the recorded pieces/works has to be submitted. It contains the following information:
    • applicant’s name
    • composer’s name
    • title of the work/piece
    • individual movements (one movement per track)
    • track specifications to select individual works and movements
    • details on the length of the individual numbers
    • place of recording
    • date of recording
    • labelled as a CD or DVD

Failure to meet these requirements may lead to the applicant’s exclusion from the application procedure. New recordings must be submitted with re-applications.


Instrumentalists from the field of Classical Music
must submit complete works (not individual movements) from at least 3 different style eras of essential relevance to the discipline and study plan in question. One of the works should be from the field of New Music (after 1950). Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in the candidate being excluded from the procedure.

Instrumentalists from the field of Jazz should present at least 3 pieces of different character or tempi (e.g., a ballad or a quick piece). The exact times of solo performances by applicants should be specified. Larger bands are advised to submit one track with a smaller line-up (duo, trio).

Applicants for Chamber Music or Song Accompaniment must submit at least one work for their solo instrument in addition to the 3 required works in the subjects of Chamber Music or Song Accompaniment.

In addition to the 3 required ensemble works (30 min) members of ensembles or duos applying for a scholarship must also present at least one work to demonstrate their soloist playing.

Singers are requested to prepare a comparably differentiated program made up of three style eras that cover the fields of Opera, Song, or Concerto.

The total recording time must be at least 20 minutes for singers and at least 30 minutes for instrumentalists.

Please note that your application can only be processed if the specified formal requirements in terms of completeness and length of the sound recordings have been met.

Special conditions apply to applicants from the following fields:
Composition

You must submit your own compositions in the form of full scores (four sets of copies, please) and sound recordings. Three scores with different instrumentations have to be submitted. The compositions may be no older than three years. Scores and recordings should bear the date of completion. The requirements listed in points 3 and 4 above apply to the sound recordings. Candidates must also submit a list of works. New compositions have to be submitted with re-applications.

 

Conductors (orchestral and choral)

Conductors are expected to present a recent DVD recording of their own conducting (please ensure compatibility with Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player) showing rehearsal work and a performance, if possible, with the conductor facing the camera, so that the applicant can be appropriately assessed. The conducted works should come from various representative style eras (e.g. Baroque, Classic, Opera, Modern, etc.) and correspond with the study plan. The selected literature must correspond with the aspired area of study (choir or orchestra conducting). A recording of the applicant playing an instrumental piece is also required. Conducting presentations should be at least 15 minutes long.

 

Performing Artists

The following requirements apply to the work samples which have to be submitted on a DVD together with the application:

Drama: Applicants should present themselves (in German), explain the reasons for their application and their plans in Germany (approx. 5 minutes). This should be followed by two role extracts each lasting between 5 and 10 minutes, one of which may be in English.

Direction: Self-presentation as described above for drama applicants; the DVD should then document the applicant's own projects and may be accompanied by additional written material (on paper to accompany the DVD).

Dance: Applicants should present themselves (in German or English), explain the reasons for their application and their plans in Germany (approx. 5 minutes). This should be followed by two dance performances (approx. 10 minutes): classical (warm-up training), modern (applicant's own piece).

Choreography: Self-presentation as described above for dance applicants; this should be followed by the applicant's own choreography lasting approx. 15 minutes.

Musical: Self-presentation as described above for dance applicants. This should be followed by a singing and dance performance of two pieces from the literature of musical theatre (approx. 10 minutes).

Please note: Sound and image media must be playable on systems commonly used in Germany. Recordings with technical faults (lighting/sound quality) cannot be considered.

Field of Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication and Film

The work samples may be submitted in the following formats:

  1. On a DVD as individual images (jpg)
    • Pictures must be submitted in jpg format.
    • If possible, all pictures should be saved in ONE folder. The folder should be marked with the NAME of the artist.
    • If necessary (e.g. if many different techniques are used), ONE level of subfolders can be created, with every subfolder named accordingly (e.g. photos, graphics, sketches, etc.). Please do not create any more levels of subfolders!
    • A file containing a list of the individual works must be enclosed. The list should contain the following information: name of work, type of work, size of work, year of origin, contributors if applicable.

      Example: Close Encounters, Oil on Canvas, 30x40 cm, 2009, together with Monika Mustermann

    • Sculptural work should be shown from different perspectives, and proportions should be apparent.
    • Works of art are presented using a projector with a resolution of 1024 x 768.

A video containing instructions on how to submit individual pictures is available online.


Or

  1. on a DVD in presentation form (pdf, ppt)
    • NAMES should always be indicated on CD/DVDs!
    • Pictures of works are shown in one presentation.
    • Possible presentation formats: pdf file or PowerPoint presentation.
    • Please prepare only ONE presentation and do not submit any special formats.
    • The file name of the presentation should contain the applicant's name.

      Example: Max_Mustermann_Portfolio.pdf

    • Each picture in the presentation should contain the following information: name of work, type of work, size of work, year of origin, contributors if applicable.

      Example: Close Encounters, Oil on Canvas, 30x40 cm, 2009, together with
      Monika Mustermann

    • Sculptural work should be shown from different perspectives, and proportions should be apparent.
    • Works of art are presented using a projector with a resolution of 1024 x 768.

Or

  1. As a portfolio
    • Applicants may submit a portfolio in printed form.
    • Please do not submit originals and no more than 30 pictures!


A video containing instructions on how to submit individual pictures is available online.

Important! The Selection Committee's assessment and grading of work depends to a significant extent on the manner in which it is presented. Even the best works of art can lose their validity if badly presented!

Moving Images/Filmmakers

Films, videos and animations:
Each applicant is allowed 8 minutes of film time. If films are longer, appropriate excerpts can be presented. Short films may be submitted in their full length.

It must be clear whether the film itself is a work of art or whether the film documents an artistic piece of work (e.g. aspatial installation, performance, etc.)

  • Both normal DVDs (PAL or NTSC format, without regional code, without copy protection, with or without a menu) and video files on CD-ROM or DVD-ROM may be submitted. It is important that they can be played on a standard Windows PC with the VLC player.
  • Each DVD should be marked with the following: title, name of the artist, length, year. If the CD/DVD contains several films, these should be marked as follows: name of artist, number of films, total length of all films!
  • If several people have contributed to a film, all participants and their role or task must be stated in the closing credits, and if necessary in the catalogue of works, especially the role played by the applicant (director, cameraman, etc.).

For All Categories

Samples of work submitted on video, CD or DVD will only be returned if expressly requested. Ownership of the application documents including all appendices, samples, etc. shall otherwise pass to the IIE/Fulbright Commission without claim to payment. No materials are returned; the work samples of unsuccessful candidates will be destroyed together with all other application documents after a period of 12 months at the latest.

I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.