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The next Goldschmidt programme edition will take place from February until April 2023.

Goldschmidt Programmteilnehmer 2019

The Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt Programme gives up-and-coming German- and French-speaking translators the chance to get to know publishing companies. This bursary programme is organised jointly by Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW), the society for promoting French literature abroad (BIEF) and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council. Participants receive a monthly grant of 900 EUR.

The application deadline has passed.

What to expect from the Goldschmidt Programme:

Seminars and Workshops

During 6 weeks (3 weeks in Berlin and 3 weeks in France) participants work on their translation projects in dedicated workshops, guided by two renowned literary translators. The participants also learn how to present their translation projects to publishers.

Networking

The programme encourages a lively exchange among the participants, publishers and editors by organising visits to publishing houses in Germany, France and Switzerland.

Übersetzungsprojekt

Während des Workshops arbeiten die Teilnehmer an einem französischsprachigen Titel als Übersetzungsprojekt. Weitere Informationen zum Übersetzungsprojekt finden Sie hier.

Stipendium

Die Teilnehmer erhalten ein monatliches Stipendium von 900 Euro. Die Reisekosten zu den verschiedenen Programmorten werden teilweise übernommen.

This is what former participants say about the programme

Leading lights behind the programme

Stéphanie Lux

Isabelle Liber

After studying German and French Linguistics and Literature at Strasbourg University and completing an MA in Publishing at the Sorbonne in Paris, Isabelle Liber published her first translation from German with Actes Sud in 2002. She was a member of the Goldschmidt Programme in 2005.

After studying German and French Linguistics and Literature at Strasbourg University and completing an MA in Publishing at the Sorbonne in Paris, Isabelle Liber published her first translation from German with Actes Sud in 2002. She was a member of the Goldschmidt Programme in 2005.

Her translation work has been growing steadily over the last years and includes novels, short stories, art books, non-fiction and YA.

Claudia Hamm

Claudia Hamm

Claudia Hamm found her way to literary translation via theater directing at numerous stages in France, Italy, and German-speaking countries, writing essays and theater texts, and long stays in France, Mexico, and Chile.

Claudia Hamm found her way to literary translation via theater directing at numerous stages in France, Italy, and German-speaking countries, writing essays and theater texts, and long stays in France, Mexico, and Chile.

For her translations of Emmanuel Carrère, Joseph Andras, Édouard Levé, Mathias Énard, Ivan Jablonka, and Nathalie Quintane, among others, she was nominated for the Translator's Prize of the Leipzig Book Fair and the Christoph Martin Wieland Prize and received the Prize of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft. She is co-founder of the translationale berlin festival and has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Göttingen, and the literary institutes of Bern and Hildesheim, among others.

Georges Arthur Goldschmidt

Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt

The scholarship programme is organised jointly by Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW), the society for promoting French literature abroad (BIEF) and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

The scholarship programme is organised jointly by Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW), the society for promoting French literature abroad (BIEF) and Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council.

Georges-Arthur Goldschmidt has been a patron of the German-French literary translation programme named after him since 2007. Born on 2 May 1928 in Reinbek near Hamburg, he and his older brother were taken into exile in France in 1938 to escape Nazi persecution. Goldschmidt became a French citizen and French became his language. It wasn’t long before he made a name for himself as a translator of German literature. In addition to his work as a translator, Goldschmidt writes numerous essays and autobiographical pieces.

Your translation project

Applicants must choose a French work as their compulsory translation project and focus during workshops. The aim of the Goldschmidt Programme is to promote a literary exchange between German-speaking and French-speaking countries. The following aspects must therefore be taken into account when selecting the project:

The conditions

  • The translation rights have not yet been sold in Germany.
  • The selected author does not yet have a permanent German translator.
  • The work has been published by a professional French-language publisher.
  • The selected work should either have been released in the current year or be a rediscovery.

FAQ

Who can apply?

Young literary translators from France, Germany and Switzerland.

What are the conditions for participation?

  • Age limit: 30 years old (in exceptional cases: 35)
  • University degree and/or a literary translation already published
  • Availability for the entire duration of the programme (February to April)
  • Participants are responsible for obtaining adequate insurance for the duration of the programme.

When is the application deadline?

30. September 2022

Welche Unterlagen sind benötigt?

- Curriculum vitae
- Sample translation
- Original text of the sample translation

If applicable, excerpt from a previously published literary translation from French:

- Translation
- Corresponding original text

Benefit from the renowned programme

If you want to expand your network and expand your expertise, you should apply for the renowned Goldschmidt Programme.