Scholarships and funding programmes at the LISZT University

There are various sources of funding available to students of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

Financial support for projects (e.g. concerts, participation in workshops or competitions)

Studierendenrat of the LISZT University

The Studierendenrat (StuRa) of the LISZT University supports concerts, exhibitions, workshops, conferences/presentations, performances, and alternative/ experimental projects organised by our students. Research trips and the participation in workshops are eligible for financial support as well.

→ Financial support guidelines (PDF)

→ Application form for financial support (PDF)

Funding programme for young artists of the Liszt Foundation

The LISZT FOUNDATION offers financial support for the artistic projects of young musicians in need. The purchase of instruments, repairs and maintenance are not supported.

→ Further information

Scholarships and Prizes

Society of friends and benefactors e.V.

The LISZT University's registered society of friends and benefactors awards scholarships to students in need, and to students of exceptional talent.

FRANZ LISZT PRIZE of the Society of Friends and Benefactors e.V.

The Society of Friends and Benefactors of the HfM Weimar actively supports and promotes students.

In honor of the patron saint of the university, it awards the


The prize is intended to honor students who work in the spirit of Franz Liszt's musical ideal.

Students (individuals or ensembles) who are enrolled at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar can be awarded.

They should have achieved high artistic or scientific academic achievements and in particular be intensively committed to the interests of their fellow students and their university.

Nominations can be submitted by teachers, staff and students of the university.

The Franz Liszt Prize is endowed with prize money of 2,000 euros.

Please submit proposals with meaningful justifications, expert opinions or evaluations by June 1, 2023 at the latest.

Please send the documents to:

Ms. Wiebke Eckardt
University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Administration Building, Room 001
Platz der Demokratie 2/3,
99423 Weimar
or by e-mail to: kontakt(at) 

→ Current call for entries for download

Previous winners of the Franz Liszt Prize are:

Sophie Wasserscheid
André Callegaro
Daniel Heath
Ludger Kisters
Allison Oakes
Alexander F. Grychtolik
Johannes Klumpp
Martin Erhardt
Thomas N. Krüger
Cindy Weinhold
Lorina Mattern
Tillmann Steinhöfel
Martijn Dendievel
Julia Raasch
Philipp Lang

Contact person

Wiebke Eckardt
Tel. 03643 | 555 150wiebke.eckardt(at) 

Charlotte Krupp Scholarship

The Liszt Foundation annually awards study scholarships to outstanding music students. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of proven outstanding artistic achievement, with special consideration given to financial need.

→ Further information

Berghausen Scholarship for Singing

The Liszt Foundation annually awards a monthly scholarship of 400 euros from the estate of Hans-Dietmar Berghausen to students majoring in voice, especially in mezzo-soprano and soprano.

→ About the scholarship

Germany Scholarships

The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar will award the Germany Scholarship as of October 1, 2023.

Purpose of the scholarship

The aim of the scholarship is to support talented students who are expected to achieve or have already achieved outstanding results in their studies or career. It serves as a living allowance.


  • Eligible students are those who are enrolled in a first undergraduate degree program (bachelor's degree, diploma, state examination) or in a first master's degree program within the standard period of study at the university. The application must be submitted before the last standard year of study. 
  • Students who are already receiving another talent- or performance-based grant that exceeds €30 per month are not eligible for funding.
  • The award is independent of income and does not count towards a grant under the BAföG.

Selection criteria

  • for first-year students: the results achieved in the aptitude test.
  • for students who are already enrolled: The academic and examination results achieved to date, for students on a Master's course also the final grade of the previous course of study.
  • for all: special successes, awards, prizes, especially in the context of competitions; participation in master classes; previous professional activity(ies) and internships
  • social commitment or willingness to take on responsibility
  • special personal and family circumstances

Duration of scholarship

Scholarships are usually awarded for two semesters (October 2023 - September 2024).

Scholarship benefit

The scholarships are endowed with 300 euros per month (living allowance).

Application and selection procedure

The application letter must be accompanied by the following documents, including full contact details:

  • reason for application
  • curriculum vitae, detailed description of education and career, presentation of study and examination achievements (if applicable, by submitting a provisional transcript of records)
  • photograph
  • informative expert opinion from the main subject teacher or institute director, which, in addition to confirmation of at least a proper course of study, contains a verbal assessment of the artistic, pedagogical or scientific achievements.
  • for students of school music, the presentation of an innovative, excellent, school-related project with a letter of motivation (e.g. innovative teaching projects) is possible
  • proof of social and societal commitment and willingness to assume responsibility
  • proof of special personal and family circumstances

Complete application materials should be sent by August 25, 2023 to:

University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Chairwoman of the Award Commission
Prof. Anne-Kathrin Lindig
Platz der Demokratie 2/3
99423 Weimar

Applications not submitted in due time and form cannot be considered. Applicants who are successful in the preliminary selection will be invited to a personal interview of max. 30 minutes duration.

The scholarships are awarded within the framework of a funding program of the BMBF and on the basis of the Scholarship Program Law (StipG) of the Federal Government in conjunction with the Statutes for the Awarding of Scholarships within the National Scholarship Program of the Federal Government at the FRANZ LISZT SCHOOL of Music Weimar. The announcement of the expected 25 scholarships is subject to the availability of private funds.

→ Statutes for the awarding of the Deutschlandstipendien (PDF)

→ Information flyer


Manuela Jahn
Managing Director of Faculty II
03643 | 555 186

DAAD Prize

The DAAD Prize is awarded annually to a student of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar who has outstanding artistic or academic qualifications as well as outstanding intercultural commitment. The prize is endowed with 1,000 euros. 

What is awarded?

  • Outstanding artistic or academic achievements

  • Outstanding social and intercultural commitment to the university community.

Who can be nominated?

Foreign students who have come to our university to obtain a degree


  • are at an advanced stage of their Bachelor's degree (at least 4th semester) or Master's degree at the time of the call for nominations 

  • are, at the time of the nomination deadline, at the beginning of their concert exam studies or doctoral studies (no longer than 6 months after admission) and have previously studied at the HfM Weimar and obtained a degree,

  • foreign graduates, provided that the exam was not longer than 3 months ago at the time of the nomination deadline.

Who can nominate?

All teachers at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

The following documents must be enclosed with the nomination:

  • Curriculum vitae of the nominated student with details of his/her artistic or academic career as well as information on special achievements in the sense of the call for applications.
  • Detailed assessment by the main subject teachers or supervising teachers.

Exclusion criteria

  • This is not a research award.
  • Students who already receive a DAAD scholarship cannot be considered.
  • Foreign students (students who have a foreign nationality but a German university entrance qualification) as well as guest and exchange students cannot be considered.

Nominations should be sent by e-mail to the International Office at the e-mail address international(at) by 30 July 2023. The selection will be made by the International Office of the HfM Weimar.

Download call for applications (German, PDF)

The scholarship holders

2022: János Mátyás Stark, Violin2021: The prize was not awarded.
2020: Konstantinos Margaris
2019: Claudio Novati, conducting
2018: Can Çakmur, piano
2017: Martijn Dendievel, conducting
2016: Alaa Zouiten, musicology


Ms Ly Tran
Head of International Office | Internationalisation Officer
Tel.: 03643 | 555 198

Scholarships for graduating students - STIBET I

Within the framework of the DAAD scholarship program STIBET I, international students as well as doctoral students of the FRANZ LISZT University can be supported, whose graduation is expected within one year, who show good performance and have got into a situation of need through no fault of their own, or who are socially committed to the university in a special way.


  • informal request/ letter of motivation
  • overview about obtained qualifications (Transcript of Record)
  • two independent references by professors of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar

Selection criteria

  • good study performance
  • financial distress
  • graduation within the next year

300 Euros per month (altogether for up to 5 months)

Application deadline
July 15, 2022

Application materials can be submitted by mail, or e-mail.
International Office
Platz der Demokratie 2/3, 99423 Weimar
Attn Ms. Ly Tran

Only complete applications will be included in the selection procedure!
There is no entitlement to a grant!

Applicants will be informed in written form about the result of the selection process.

Graduate scholarship

The University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar will award several graduate scholarships on the basis of the Thuringian Graduate Funding Ordinance as of August 1, 2023. This is intended to support doctoral projects or artistic development projects of particularly qualified graduates or master students.

The amount of the scholarship is 1,400 euros per month. In addition, family allowances and/or material and travel expenses up to a maximum of 1,000 euros per year can be reimbursed.

As a rule, the scholarship is granted for up to three years (doctorates) or up to two years (artistic development projects), depending on the expected duration of the project. There is no legal entitlement.


  • for the funding of a doctoral project: above-average study and examination results, which prove a special aptitude for scientific work, or
  • for the funding of an artistic development project: a completed university degree and proof of above-average qualification,
  • supervision of the project by at least one professor of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar as well as the realization of the project at the university

Application documents

  • an informal application with a detailed synopsis of the project to be funded (research question with derivation and justification, approach, work plan and time schedule)
  • a curriculum vitae in tabular form with a report on previous academic or artistic training as proof of fulfillment of the professional requirements for funding, including the relevant certificates and proof of performance
  • a statement by the supervisor and one other university lecturer on your qualifications and on the significance and timetable of the project
  • your written statement that the project is not already supported in any other way by public authorities or with public funds
  • Information on any employment relationships, annual income in 2021, including that of spouses or partners, and dependent children.

Applications should be sent between May 1 and June 1, 2023, with the reference "Graduate Scholarship" to the Chairperson of the Awards Committee, Vice-President Prof. Dagmar Brauns for the attention of Ms. Manuela Jahn, University of Music Weimar, Platz der Demokratie 2/3, 99423 Weimar.

Only complete and meaningful applications can be considered in the award procedure, which must be carried out within two months of the application deadline.

For further information on graduate funding and the application process, please send an email to manuela.jahn(at) or call +49 3643 | 555 186.

Download call for applications as PDF

Erasmus+ scholarships for studying abroad

ERASMUS is an education project of the European Union with the aim to support the international student and academic exchange. It has, among other things, the task of arranging a 3 to 12-month period of study in a foreign country.

For study abroad up to two terms at a partner university with ERASMUS one has to apply to the International Office by the 31 January for the following academic year.

→ Further information

PROMOS scholarships for visits abroad

The PROMOS programme of the DAAD supports different visits abroad:

  • studies, between 1 and 6 months
  • internships, between 6 weeks and 6 months
  • language courses, between 3 weeks and 6 months
  • specialist courses (master classes/summer courses) up to 6 weeks
  • study visits, including competitions and concert tours (at least 5 students); up to 12 days

→ Further information

YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now Weimar e.V.

YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now Weimar arranges concerts in schools, hospitals, sheltered workshops or prisons. Scholars receive a fee for their performance.



Further information:

Next auditions:

Scholarships for women for scientific or artistic qualification

Announcement as PDF for download (German)

In order to increase the number of female post-doctoral students and professors at universities, the Free State of Thuringia has launched the Thuringian Program for the Promotion of Young Women Scientists and Artists, which is initially limited until December 2025.

Within the framework of this program, the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar invites applications for scholarships to support women in their scientific or artistic qualification in the post-doctoral phase or after completion of an artistic degree anchored in the 3rd cycle (such as concert exams) and to enable them to further qualify and obtain employment requirements for a scientific or artistic professorship.

Call for applications

  • up to 2 scholarships for young female scientists and young female artists
  • Funding amount 2,000 € per month (full-time scholarship)
  • Duration 12 to24 months (depending on the funding project applied for)
  • Start of funding October 1, 2023

The scholarship holders are accompanied by a mentor from the university during their scientific or artistic work.

Funding requirements
Female academics and artists with above-average qualifications who have completed their doctorate or concert exam no more than four years before submitting their application and who would like to achieve additional academic or artistic achievements in order to meet the hiring requirements for a university professorship are eligible for funding.

Child-rearing periods are taken into account; the period between the doctorate/concert exam and the application is extended accordingly.

The subject of the grant is a concrete project that can be successfully completed within a period of 12 to 24 months. It must  

  • be scientifically related to the existing research priorities of the university and enrich them in a sustainable and original way.  
  • in the artistic field, lead to further qualification, especially in the pedagogical field, and/or make a special contribution to the development of the arts (e.g. networking of artistic education and practice, interdisciplinary performance project).

The scholarship holder will be integrated into the university. She will be enabled to teach at least two SWS in the scientific field or at least four SWS in the artistic field in order to gain teaching experience in the university context. She can participate in qualification offers of the university.

The scholarship can only be granted if the applicant is not supported by other public funds or by institutions financed with public funds and is not in regular employment for more than 10 hours per week.

The application (in German) must be submitted in writing. The following application documents must be submitted:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Proof of a successfully completed doctorate or concert exam or comparable degree
  • a comprehensible and coherent concept for a scientific or artistic project, including in particular statements on innovation, feasibility, excellence and relevance with regard to the qualification sought
  • Proof of above-average scientific or artistic achievements and, if applicable, pedagogical achievements and successes by means of at least two meaningful written expert opinions or recommendations

Application deadline: June 15, 2023

Please send your documents to the

Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Herrn Vizepräsidenten für künstlerische Praxis und Forschung
Prof. Juan M.V. Garcia

Please feel free to send your application in electronic form, preferably as a complete PDF (max. 15 MB), to vizepraxis(at)

Since the encrypted receipt of your e-mail cannot be guaranteed by the university, we recommend - in addition to using transport encryption - that you send the application documents as an encrypted PDF file using the keyword "Frauenförderung" as a password. Although this procedure cannot guarantee the confidentiality of the contents for this transmission path, it can significantly increase it.

When submitting your application documents electronically, you are deemed to have given your consent for the e-mail and its attachments to be checked for malicious codes, viruses and spam, for the required data to be processed electronically and stored temporarily, and for further correspondence (unencrypted) to be conducted by e-mail.

Alternatively, you may send us your application by mail:

Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar
Herrn Vizepräsidenten für künstlerische Praxis und Forschung
Prof. Juan M.V. Garcia
PF 2552, 99406 Weimar

The documents will be destroyed at the end of the procedure, so please send copies only.

Applications not submitted in due form and time or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Selection procedure
The decision on the awarding of the scholarships is made in a two-stage procedure:

  • Pre-selection of the applicants on the basis of the written applications.
  • Invitation of the selected applicants to a personal introduction, presentation of the project and interview with the awarding committee (up to 60 minutes, dates in July 2023)
  • Applicants for an artistic or pedagogical scholarship may additionally be asked to complete an audition and a short teaching sample upon invitation.

The granting of a scholarship takes place in writing on the basis of the decision of the awarding commission, which is composed of the university management, scientific and artistic professors and employees and the equal opportunity commissioner.

Information on application/submission
Prof. Juan M.V. Garcia
Vice President for Artistic Practice and Research
Tel. 03643 | 555 105

Amelie Bräumer
Assistant to the Vice President for Artistic Practice and Research
Tel. 03643 | 555 105

Further information on data protection according to Art. 13 DSGVO can be found in our data protection statement for applicants at

Rowena-Morse-Mentoring-Programm für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und Nachwuchskünstlerinnen

Das fächerübergreifende Programm begleitet Doktorandinnen* in der Endphase ihrer Promotion und Postdoktorandinnen* bei der Planung ihres Karriereweges. Während der Programmlaufzeit von 12 Monaten vernetzen sich die Mentees untereinander, bilden sich in Workshops weiter und werden von erfahrenen Professor*innen der Thüringer Hochschulen in Gruppen-Mentorings individuell beraten.

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Prize for theses with gender and diversity perspectives

In order to make this diversity of subjects visible at Thuringian universities and to promote young researchers and scientists, the Thuringian Competence Center for Equal Opportunities (TKG) is awarding the "Diversity Meets Science" prize for theses with gender and diversity perspectives, which is endowed with 2.000 Euros.

→ Further information