2012 / 2013 — Call for Applications


The Paul Celan Fellowship Program of IWM and ERSTE Foundation aims to help overcome deficits and asymmetries in the exchange of ideas and reception of scholarly literature which result from the division of Europe in the20th century.

Therefore, the Paul Celan Fellowships support translations from Eastern to Western, Western to Eastern, or between two Eastern European languages of canonical texts and contemporary keyworks in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Cultural Studies. Special emphasis is put on translations of relevant works written by East European authors and/or by female scholars. A thematic relation to one of the IWM’s research fields is likewise welcomed.

Please note that no applications for works of fiction and poetry are being accepted.


Paul Celan Visiting Fellows are invited to spend three to six months at the IWM between July 2012 and June2013 to pursue their translation projects while working in residence at the Institute. Fellows receive a monthly stipend in the amount of EUR 2,250 to cover all expenses related to the stay in Vienna. The IWM provides an office with internet access, in-house research facilities and other relevant sources in Vienna. Paul Celan Visiting Fellows participate in the scholarly community and activities of the IWM.


The application consists of (in English or German):

  • the application form(please download: info.iwm.at/celan12.zip)
  • a curriculum vitae with a bibliography of translations and other relevant publications
  • the name of the author and the work to be translated(from the original language)and an explanation for the choice thereof
  • the exact number of pages
  • a contract or a letter of intent from a publisher
  • proof that the translator/publisher holds the rights to the translation and its publication (or has an option for them)
  • the planned date of publication
  • information on the program of the publishing house

Deadline for application is March 25, 2012.

Please send the application by mail to:

Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen
Fellowship Coordinator
Spittelauer Lände 3
1090 Wien

Advance copies by e-mail are accepted:

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Please send your application materials as PDF files.

Applicants will be notified of the jury decision in spring 2012. The jury is not required to justify its decisions.


Gottfried Boehm (Chair)

Professor of Modern Art History, University of Basel; Non-Resident Permanent Fellow of the IWM

Endre Bojtar

Head of the Department of Central and Eastern European Literatures, Institute of Literary Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Jutta Braidt

Head of ERSTE Foundation Library, Vienna

Peter Demetz

Professor em. of German and Comparative Literature, Yale University

Diana M. Mishkova

Director of the Centre for Advanced Study, Sofia

Klaus Nellen

Managing Editor of Transit; Permanent Fellow, IWM

Martin Pollack

Writer and translator, Vienna

ERSTE Stiftung

In 2003, ERSTE Foundation evolved out of the Erste Oesterreichische Spar-Casse, the first Austrian savings bank. Today, ERSTE Foundation is main shareholder of Erste Group. The foundation invests part of its dividends in the development of societies in Austria and Central and South Eastern Europe. It supports social part
icipation and civil-society engagement; it aims to bring people together and disseminate knowledge of the recent history of a region that has been undergoing dramatic changes since 1989. As an active foundation, it develops its own projects within the framework of three programmes: Social Development, Culture and Europe.

The Institute for Human Sciences

(Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, IWM) is an intellectually and politically independent institute for advanced study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since its foundation in 1982, its purpose has been to bring together academics and intellectuals from Eastern and Western Europe. The IWM is sustained by a community of scholars consisting of Permanent Fellows, Visiting Fellows and Junior Visiting Fellows. During each year the IWM invites about forty researchers for fellowships at the institute.