TRANSLATION PROJECTS: Grant Program Description

NOTICE: Application Deadline Extension

Due to the National Day of Mourning on December 5, 2018, the National Endowment for the Arts’ Translation Projects application deadline has been extended by one day. Arts Endowment staff will not be available to assist applicants on December 5th.

NEW DEADLINE: December 6, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English translation. All proposed projects must be for creative translations of literary material into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and value. Priority will be given to projects that involve work that has not previously been translated into English.

Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

We Do Not Fund

  • Individuals who previously have received three or more Literature Fellowships (in prose or poetry) or Translation Fellowships from the NEA.
  • Individuals who have received any Creative Writing Literature Fellowship (in prose or poetry) from the NEA since December 1, 2013 or any Translation Fellowship from the NEA since December 1, 2015.
  • Applicants applying with the same project for more than three consecutive years.
  • Scholarly writing. (Writers who are engaged in scholarly work may wish to contact the National Endowment for the Humanities.)
  • Work toward academic degrees.

We make no representations as to who may own copyrights, if any, arising from translations funded under this program.

Deadline and Announcement Dates

Applicants must submit their applications electronically through, the federal government’s online application system. The system must receive your validated and accepted application no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on December 5, 2018. The NEA will not accept late applications.

Do not expect notification of awards and rejections before August 2019. The NEA’s support of a project may begin any time between November 1, 2019, and November 1, 2020, and extend for up to two years.