Paul Celan Fellowships for Translators – Open Call


“Traduttore – traditore, so they say. We all do: translate! This is now the law of survival.” (Norman Manea)

The Institute for Human Sciences and ERSTE Foundation encourage translators in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies to apply for the prestigious Paul Celan Fellowship. The program aims to overcome deficits and asymmetries in the exchange of ideas and reception of scholarly literature which result from the division of Europe in the 20th century. Therefore, the Paul Celan Fellowships support Western to Eastern translations, or between two Eastern European languages, and especially Eastern to Western translations of canonical texts and contemporary key works in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female gendered scholars. A thematic relation to one of the IWM’s research fields is likewise welcomed.

Paul Celan Visiting Fellows are invited to spend three to six months at the IWM between July 2012 and June 2013 to pursue their translation projects while working in residence at the Institute. Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of EUR 2,250 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna. The IWM provides a personal office with internet access, in-house research facilities and other relevant resources in Vienna. Paul Celan Visiting Fellows participate in the scholarly community and activities of the IWM.

Deadline for application is 25 March 2012.
Please click here for more information about the call.