National Endowment for the Arts
Application deadline: 1/12/2022 (but please see final paragraph below)

Through fellowships to published translators, the National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Endowment) supports projects for the translation of specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. The work to be translated should be of interest for its literary excellence and merit. We encourage translations of writers and of work that are not well represented in English, as well as work that has not previously been translated into English.

Competition for fellowships is rigorous. Potential applicants should consider carefully whether their work will be competitive at the national level.

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual support for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups.

Grants are up to $25,000. Award amounts are determined by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Learn more about past recipients of the literature fellowships in the Literary Arts Impact section.

If you have questions concerning the Literature Fellowships please call the Literature Fellowship Hotline at 202-682-5034 or email

Although the official application deadline is listed as January 12, the NEA strongly recommends that you make your application NO LATER THAN JANUARY 2, 2022, to deal with any unanticipated glitches in the online applicaiton process.