Ends on April 15, 2019

Each year, between four and six $1,000 fellowships are awarded to emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference (November 7-10 , 2019 in Rochester, NY). 

Among the fellowships is the Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, which is preferentially awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language. Applicants for the Jansen Fellowship should apply using the below ALTA Travel Fellowship application, and check the Jansen Fellowship eligibility box in the application form.

At the conference, ALTA Fellows are invited to read their translated work at a keynote event, giving them an opportunity to present their translations to an audience of translators, authors, editors, and publishers from around the world.

ALTA Travel Fellowships are funded by a combination of member dues and private donations, often generously provided by established translators and other devoted supporters of literary translation. If you are interested in learning more about how you can support this important program, please contact Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum at rachaeldaum@literarytranslators.org.

Find out more about previous years' travel fellows here.


Applications must include:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in attending the conference
  • current CV / resumé
  • up to 10 pages of translated work (poetry or prose, double spaced)
  • the corresponding original language text

The deadline to apply for a 2019 ALTA Travel Fellowship is April 15, 2019, 11:59pm EST.

The timeline for the 2019 ALTA Travel Fellowships is:
January 23: Submissions open
March 4: Judges announced
April 16: Submissions close
Early July: Winners notified
September 16: Winners announced