Call for Applications: TANDEM “Author with translator – Translator with author” Fellowships at NEC (Deadline: 26 February 2023)

17 January 2023

Author with translator – Translator with author
 a project supported by S. Fischer Stiftung, Germany

New Europe College – Institute for Advanced Study is launching a new fellowship program.

TANDEM, author with translator – translator with author is a program exclusively dedicated to literati, writers and translators, with the aim to promote authors from the Black Sea Region by encouraging the translation of their work into the local languages. Moreover, the program will deepen and disseminate the knowledge in and about the literary landscapes around the Black Sea and raise esteem for people and procedures involved.

The fellowship program targets writers and translators from: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine. Applicants from the Baltics or the Western Balkans may be considered under special circumstances.

Tandem offers fellowships consisting of:

  • a residence (at least two consecutive months, up to five months in total) at New Europe College in Bucharest for a Tandem team (author and translator);
  • a monthly stipend for each Tandem participant (850 € p. p.).
  • travel and accommodation funds;
  • workspace and office equipment at New Europe College;
  • assistance with visa procedures, residence permit, access to local institutions (libraries), etc.

Additional funds for working materials, for small public events, possibly even for a publication, may be granted depending on the case.

During their residency, Tandems belong to the diverse international community of NEC fellows and are invited to all NEC events.

The writer (novelist, poet, playwright, children’s or nonfiction author) and his or her translator are in residence at the NEC at the same time and stay for at least two consecutive months. The residency cannot exceed five months. The Tandem team (author and translator) can indicate a preferred period for their residency. However, the exact period of the residency shall be agreed upon together with NEC.

Start of the fellowship: May 2023

Applications may be submitted jointly or by one or the other of the Tandem partners. If the application is submitted by one member of the team, the other shall confirm his/her participation in writing.

The application must include short CVs for both persons with a list of works, as well as a description of the work to be translated (which should be already published or, at least, accepted for publication). This description should include a justification of the choice of the particular work to be translated.

Candidates shall email the application form (PDF or Word) and the documents requested (CVs, letter of commitment, etc.) to

Contact person: Mihaela Danga,

The deadline for submitting applications is February 26, 2023.

Incomplete or late applications will not be taken into consideration.

Eligible candidates will be invited to an interview on Zoom in early March 2023. Successful candidates will be notified by March 15, 2023.


In the course of its existence, NEC already has welcomed several Writer-Fellows: Mircea Cărtărescu, Liliana Corobca, Cătălin Dorian Florescu, Andriy Lyubka, Tamta Melashvili, Cătălin Pavel, Ioana Pârvulescu, Benjamin Pécoud, Maria Rybakova, Vlad Zografi.

Contact persons: 
Katharina Biegger,
Mihaela Danga,