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English PEN: PEN Translates!

English PEN launched an exciting new funding programme in spring 2012 which comprises generous support to publishers for sample translations, promotion and translation fees.

PEN Translates

European Union

Literary translation grants can be applied for via the European Union. There is one deadline per year, usually in February. Publishers are invited to apply for funding for a 'package' of 3-10 books.

EU Literary Translation Funding

Geisteswissenschaften International: New Funding for Humanities and Social Sciences Titles

The Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the German Publishers & Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels) and the German Federal Foreign Office invite applications for translation grants into English of innovative works.
The translation of the respective titles into English is financed with funds totalling 400,000 Euros annually.
Publishing companies with academic titles in the fields of the humanities and social sciences can present their applications online at
They are invited to submit their own choice of titles for which a rights option agreement is already in place, together with a brief summary explaining their choice. The amount of funding is based on the individual case and the actual costs of the translation. Twice a year, the titles to receive funding are chosen by an independent panel made up of academics, specialist journalists and scientific publishers.
The aim is to support wider international dissemination of the results of academic research carried out in Germany and at the same time, to uphold the German language as an academic language and the language of first publications in the areas of the humanities and social sciences.
The judges on the panel are: Prof. Wolfgang Frühwald (honorary president of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), Dr. Sabine Cofalla (Akademie Verlag), Dr. Detlef Felken (Verlag C.H. Beck), Prof. Luca Giuliani (Institute for Advanced Study Berlin), Prof. Klaus Reichert (German Academy of Language and Literature), Dr. Johan Schloemann (Süddeutsche Zeitung) and Dr. Julia Voss (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).
The Börsenverein contact for publishing companies is Anke Simon, phone: +49 (0) 69 1306-517, E-mail: