ALTA Travel Fellowships

ALTA Travel Fellowships

Normally there are 4-6 $1,000 fellowships to bring emerging (unpublished or minimally-published) translators to the ALTA conference. With the shift to a virtual conference this year in light of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, there will instead be a number of $500 fellowships to celebrate this year's Virtual Travel Fellows at ALTA43. 

ALTA will celebrate this year's Virtual Travel Fellows with a downloadable audio chapbook of the Fellows reading from their winning translations. 

We’re getting the word out about changes to our conference as quickly as we are able to. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions by emailing Communications and Awards Manager Rachael Daum.


Each year, between four and six $1,000 fellowships are awarded to emerging translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference. An emerging translator is someone who has published no more than one full-length work of translation.

The Peter K. Jansen Memorial Travel Fellowship, beginning with the 2016 ALTA Travel Fellowship year, will be 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 online 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. Learn about previous years' fellows here.


Applications must include:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in sharing your work with the ALTA community
  • Current CV / resumé
  • Up to 10 pages of translated work (poetry or prose, double-spaced)
  • The corresponding original language text

Applications were accepted through the entry form online (deadline was May 4, 2020).

Please note that translators currently participating in ALTA's Emerging Translator Mentorship Program are not eligible to apply for a Travel Fellowship. Previous years' Fellows are welcome to apply for the Mentorship Program, however.