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Geisteswissenschaften International

Translation Funding

Translation funding programme Geisteswissenschaften International

Geisteswissenschaften International is a translation funding programme for German works in the humanities and social sciences and supports innovative works by financing their translation into English. That gives these books and thoughts the chance to travel and be recognized by the international scholarly community.

Methods of critical theory and comperative research in the humanities require use of language and knowledge of tradition of thought. Therefore, even scholars who are excellent in English often write their works in their native languages.

The programme is designed to provide the guidance and the support English speaking publishers need in order to discover promising new authors and exciting new approaches th the big questions.

Twice a year German publishers can submit publications from the fields of humanities and social sciences. All books chosen need to be picked up by English language publishers. Geisteswissenschaften International grants full translation costs for these English language publications.

The award amount is determined by each individual case and the actual translation costs. An independent selection committee select the works to be funded. The prize finances the cost of translating a given work into English or, in justified individual cases, into other languages.

In every round of selection the jury pionts out one outstanding title and puts it into shining spotlights. Usually these books are still to be discovered by an English speaking publisher and usually they come from a scholars that is not yet well-known in the global community of academic research. In these cases the prize Geisteswissenschaften International is meant to inform the international academic world of a gem in the field of humanities and social schiences - besides covering translation costs.

Call for Nominations

In consultation with a licensee publisher, German publishers can submit publications for translation funding from the fields of the humanities and social sciences that meet the prevailing academic standards.

Titles submitted should be current publications. The target publication should be released by a publisher from the English-speaking world that is financially independent of the licensor. An independent selection committee chosen by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, VG Wort, the German Federal Foreign Office and the Börsenverein selects the titles to be funded twice annually.

Applications for the current call for nominations may be submitted by German publishers to the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels online at until January 31, 2022.

Please send a copy of the application and supporting documents to:

Geschäftsstelle Geisteswissenschaften International
c/o Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.
Braubachstraße 16
60311 Frankfurt am Main

For additional information, please contact:

Anke Simon

Telephone: 069/1306-599

E-mail: simonNO SPAM SPAN!