Apply Now for an ALTA Travel Fellowship

This is the weekend to set your clocks ahead, which must mean that the deadline for this year’s ALTA Travel Fellowships is approaching. These are $1000 fellowships to help emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators attend the conference. There are 4-6 of these fellowships available each year, and starting last year, an additional fellowship was added, the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, which is specifically earmarked for “an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language”; if you qualify, there’s a box you can check on the ALTA Travel Fellowship application to be considered for a Jansen Fellowship as well. As readers of this blog probably already know, attending the conference is a fantastic way to jumpstart your translation career – it gives you a chance to meet other translators working in your language area, learn what sorts of questions other translators are wrestling with in their work, learn about new authors, and generally get inspired. ALTA Fellows are additionally invited to read their work at a keynote event during the conference. The 2017 conference, entitled “Reflections/Refractions” will be a particularly special one: it’s ALTA’s 40th anniversary. The conference will be held in Minneapolis from Oct. 5 – 8, 2017. If you’re able to attend and qualify for a travel fellowship (you’ll find requirements and application information on the ALTA website), I hope you’ll do so, and look forward to seeing you there. The deadline for travel fellowship applications is April 7, 2017.

 

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