The “International Hanns Eisler Scholarship of the City of Leipzig” will be awarded again in 2025. This is the seventh time that the City of Music Leipzig has set an example of living remembrance of Hanns Eisler, one of the most important composers of the 20th century, who was born in Leipzig in 1898. The scholarship is part of a composer-in-residence programme that provides for a composition and study residency in Leipzig. The programme is intended to create a platform for the further development and promotion of New Music. The programme is conceived and organized by Eisler-Haus Leipzig e. V. in cooperation with the Cultural Office of the City of Leipzig.


Applicants should send their submissions in German or English by e-mail to

Start of call for applications: May 2024

Application documents

  • an informal letter of application
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a copy of your identity card or passport
  • three different scores, if possible with sound samples
  • a description of the composition project (chamber music instrumentation for up to eight participants)

Date of award

The jury will meet in summer 2024, and the selected scholarship recipient will be notified immediately after the jury meeting.

Details on the call for proposals

The scholarship holder is given the opportunity to live for five months in Hanns Eisler’s birthplace at Hofmeisterstraße 14 in Leipzig and to devote himself or herself to a previously conceived work project. The resulting composition will be premiered by the Ensemble Avantgarde as part of the concert series “musica nova” in the Mendelssohn Hall of the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig. It is required that the fellowship recipient be primarily on site in Leipzig during the five months of the residency (May to October 2025).

During the stay, she or he may not be enrolled at any conservatoire or university institution or receive any other scholarship.

The International Hanns Eisler Scholarship of the City of Leipzig also includes financial support of € 1,200 per month for the period of the stay from mid-May to the concert in mid-October 2025.

There are no restrictions on age or nationality.

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Eisler-Haus Leipzig e. V.

We look forward to receiving your application!