• Germany

Translators-in-Residence programme

In association with the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. (Alfred Toepfer Foundation) and the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cutural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony), the European Translators-in-Residence programme offers residential fellowships for professional translators specialising in the translation of German literature.

Dresden-Hellerau © Peter Hausdorf

Conditions of Funding

Professional translators who translate German literature into another language.

The residency programme enables you to concentrate on a current translation project in the field of German-language literature.
Our project partners provide living and working space for this purpose:
  • Scholarship holders' house of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony in Dresden-Hellerau,
  • Elbehaus of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg,
  • Seminar Centre Gut Siggen of the Alfred Toepfer Foundation.

The scholarship amounts to a one-off payment of 1,500 euros (plus 250 euros for catering costs for a stay in Dresden-Hellerau).

Travelling expenses will be borne by the project partners.

  • At least two substantial translations already in print
  • A definitive contract from a publisher for the translation you propose to work on
  • Priority will be given to translation projects in the field of contemporary German-language literature.

  • Completed application form, available on the Goethe Application Portal, including CV and list of publications
  • Publisher’s contract

Please apply via the Goethe Application Portal. Applications may be made in German. Before submitting your application you must first set up an account; when doing so, please choose the Personal Account option rather than the Business Account one. We would urge you to start the application process at your earliest convenience. The application portal saves whatever you enter on the form, which you can thus modify at any point up to submission of your completed application.

If after submitting your application you have any questions regarding its current status, please quote the reference number that will be sent to you on receipt of your application.

Please note the applicable privacy policy.

Application Deadline

08 March 2024

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