Centre National du Livre Translator Residencies

The Centre national du livre (CNL) offers grants to Foreign translators who wish to spend time in France to complete a translation project of a French work into their own language.  

Applications may concern all works, even those in the public domain. The work must be intended for publication and under contract with an American Publisher  for a minimum projected print-run of 500 copies. 

Applicants must have at least one translation published by a commercial publisher, whose theme matches the Centre national du Livre’s commissions. (Schoolbooks, practical guides and reviews are not eligible). Translators who have benefitted from a previous residency with the CNL must wait three years before applying for a second grant. Please note that the translation must not be completed before the translator’s arrival in France.

  • Potential award amount: 2 000€ per month to cover residency costs not including travelling expenses

    • Duration of the residency: 1-3 months; Beneficiaries are free to choose the dates that suit their purpose, on condition that they complete their residency in France within 12 months of obtaining the grant.

  • Application submission deadlines and Attribution criteria

These commissions are made up of representatives of the administration, publishing professionals and qualified persons. Assessment criteria include : quality of the work in the original version, the relevance of translating or retranslating the work into the language of the country concerned, difficulty of the translation project quality of the sample translation, necessity to reside in France to accomplish the translation.

The commissions meet three times a year.  Application dossiers are transmitted to the CNL by the Cultural departments of the French Embassies accompanied by a detailed opinion.

All applications must be received by the Book Department of the French Embassy in New York (972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075) at least three weeks before one of the following deadlines:
February 20 
June 10
October 31  

The application file can be downloaded here

For a past review of the translator residency: visit our page

And for more information, including a list of required documents, consult the full CNL guidelines.


Contact the Book Department
Laurence Marie: laurence.marie@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Anne-Sophie Hermil: anne-sophie.hermil@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Contact the department of creation at the CNL
Brigitte BEDEAU (Sciences, SHS)
T: 011 33 (0)1 49 54 68 25 
Eliane DE THOISY (Litterature)
T. 011 33 (0)1 49 54 68 90 

Application form:

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