Open Call: Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators 2016/17

“Reality is not simply there, it does not simply exist: it must be sought out and won.”
Paul Celan, Romanian poet and translator

A new call for applications is open for the Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators, a programme of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) supported by ERSTE Foundation.

The fellowship programme encourages the translations of canonical texts and contemporary key works in the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies from Eastern to Western, Western to Eastern, or between two Eastern European languages. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars.

Paul Celan Visiting Fellows are invited to spend three to six months between July 2016 and June 2017 at the IWM to pursue their translation projects. Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of EUR 2,050 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna. In addition, the IWM provides the fellows with a personal office, including access to internet, in-house research and administrative facilities as well as other services free of charge.

Applications have to be submitted until 6 March 2016 via the online application form and should include:
– a curriculum vitae with a bibliography of translations and other relevant publications;
– the name of the author and the work to be translated (from the original language) and an explanation for the choice thereof;
– the exact number of pages;
– a contract or a letter of intent from a publisher proof that the translator/ publisher holds the rights to the translation and its publication (or has an option for them);
– the planned date of publication;
– information on the program of the publishing house.

For more information, have a look here.