Friday, 26 April 2013

EST Summer School Scholarship (extended deadline)

This grant from the European Society for Translation Studies may interest some of our readers who are working on PhDs in translation; it can be used for any recognised translation research summer school (and there are more of them than you might think!)

Extended deadline: May 15, 2013

Students who are preparing a doctoral dissertation in the field of translation studies are invited to apply for this scholarship of 1,000 euros.

Applicants need not be EST members at the time of applying, but must become members if their application is successful.

The grant can be for any summer school organized in the field of Translation Studies.

The applications will be scrutinized by the committee, who will base their judgement on the application as a whole, taking into account all information asked for: the technical quality of the project, the applicant's competences and needs, and the relationship between the project and the summer school programme intended to follow.

To apply, please fill in the application form (including the attachments) and send it to Iwona Mazur – imazur[at] Along with the form, applicants are asked to send a letter of recommendation from their dissertation advisor as a PDF or scanned attachment.

Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged by e-mail.

The name of the scholarship recipient will be announced on the Society's website in the second week of June each year and notice will also be sent (by e-mail) to each of the candidates.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Translation competition roundup: current competitions

These may interest some blog readers; please do pass the links along.  In order of entry deadline. 

Times Stephen Spender Poetry Translation Prize:

Translate a poem from any language, classical or modern, into English.
• Cash prizes
• Selected winning entries published in The Times
• All winning entries published in a booklet
• Closing date Friday 24 May 2013 
Full details at the Stephen Spender Trust website.  

American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prizes:

The annual ASF translation competition is awarded for the most outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama or literary prose written by a Scandinavian author born after 1800.

The Nadia Christensen Prize includes a $2000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award, given to an individual whose literature translations have not previously been published, includes a $1,000 award, publication of an excerpt in Scandinavian Review, and a commemorative bronze medallion.

Entry deadline is 7 June 2013. Full details at

Ernst Juenger Translation Competition: 

As part of an EU-funded research project hosted by the German Department at the University of Bristol, we invite translations of extracts from some of Ernst Jünger’s travel writings. Prize money will be given to FOUR entries, with one category limited to entries from current undergraduate students, and numerous book prizes will also be awarded.  The aim is to promote the study of Ernst Jünger’s works in English. The deadline for submission of entries is 1 July 2013

Full details here

Harvill Secker Young Translators' Prize: 

The Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize was launched in 2010 to recognise the achievements of young translators at the start of their careers. This year our language of focus will be Portuguese. The winner’s name will be announced in October 2013, and he or she will receive £1000 and a selection of Harvill Secker titles. The winner will also participate in the British Centre for Literary Translation mentorship scheme, working with Margaret Jull Costa, and he or she will take part in Crossing Border festival in November 2013.

Entrants will be asked to translate the short story ‘O sucesso’ by Brazilian author Adriana Lisboa, and my fellow judges will be author Naomi Alderman, translator Margaret Jull Costa and literary reviewer Ángel Gurría-Quintana. The prize is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 34, with no restriction on country of residence, and the deadline for entries is 2nd August 2013.
The short story and details on how to enter are available at

Deadline for post at University of Portsmouth is tomorrow!

Dear all,
This is just a reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for applications for the post of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Portsmouth. Online applications can be made at

10007971 - Senior Lecturer, Translation Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Languages and Area Studies

Senior Lecturer, Translation Studies (Preference Chinese, German or Spanish)

Employment type:  Open-ended
Employment basis:  Full-time
Salary:  £36,298 - £44,607
Closing date:  26 April 2013

Interview date 20 May 2013

The School wishes to appoint a Senior Lecturer to contribute to the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate teaching portfolio in the field of Translation Studies. Applicants will be a native or near native speaker of English, able to translate from Chinese, German, or Spanish into English. They will be expected to have the ability to contribute to language teaching in their other main language.

Applicants will be expected to have proven experience of teaching Translation Theory & Practice, Specialised Translation, Research Methods and dissertation supervision. Areas of specialism that are particularly welcome are sub-titling, translation technologies or corpus linguistics.

The successful candidate will be expected to take on the Course Leadership of BA (Hons) Applied Languages within the full-time undergraduate provision, contribute to campus and distance learning programmes at postgraduate level, and undertake high quality research / knowledge transfer. A PhD (or nearing completion) is essential.

The successful candidate will be research and/or knowledge exchange-active. S/he will be expected to contribute to the School and/or the Centre for European and International Studies Research’s (CEISR) profile in these areas. CEISR is the largest interdisciplinary centre for research on Europe and the wider world in the UK and was ranked first for research power in the 2008 RAE.

For further information or details of these positions, contact Dr Ann Matear (Head of School), 02392 846050 or Begoña Rodríguez (Deputy Course Leader MA Translation Studies), 02392 846162.

For more detailed information about this vacancy, please select this link:10007971 - Senior Lecturer, Translation Studies.docx