The Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication invites proposals for undergraduate translation projects to be taken during Winter Break 2023-2024. PTIC aims to encourage students to undertake translation projects, deepening their engagement both with the languages they work in, and with the creative act of translation. The maximum for these grants is set at $500. Priority will be given to students currently pursuing a Certificate or Minor in PTIC, but we encourage anyone with an interest in translation to apply, even those who have never had formal experience with translating texts. You are welcome to apply this year even if you have previously received funding from us in the past, though we may prioritize new applicants.  Note: we will not fund proposals for international travel unless the travel is essential to the translation project, and the translation is the primary purpose of the trip. 

Projects previously awarded funding were:

  • An Exploration of Arabic Sudanese Poetry
  • Translation of two works by Sylviane Dupuis (French)
  • Translation of Premchand’s Short Stories (Hindi)
  • Translating Isaac Babel’s Short Stories (Russian)

Students wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should submit proposals of approximately 500 words. Please describe the text you plan to translate and why you think it worth translating; the approximate length (try to choose something substantial, but not so long that you can’t complete the project!); your knowledge of the language(s) in question; and your prior experience with translation. Students are welcome to translate from and into any languages, and choose texts of any genre, including non-literary texts; we encourage you not to translate texts that have previously been published in the language you plan on translating into. You are not required to provide a proposed budget, unless you have specific reasons to do so; otherwise, you can simply leave that section blank in SAFE. Please also let us know if you are undertaking this translation as part of your independent work for your department, and whether it has been supported by any other University funding.


Contact Yolanda Sullivan
Program Manager


Open: November 1, 2023

Deadline:  November 30, 2023, 5pm EST.