The Judith Radke Award for Translation

Deadline: January 22, 2018 by 5:00pm

The School of International Letters and Cultures is pleased to offer an award in the amount of $1,500 for an outstanding translation, in memory and honor of Professor Judith Radke. 

Rules for consideration:

  1. Candidate must be a full-time graduate student pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree from the School of International Letters and Cultures, CLAS, ASU.
  2. Candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  3. Candidates must submit their own original written translation of a work from another language into English.
  4. The source material must be a scholarly or literary work or an extract thereof.
  5. The translation must be a minimum of 1,000 words and maximum of 1,500 words. 
  6. The translation must have been done while the candidate is registered at ASU in the SILC graduate program. Translations done for a thesis or class are acceptable.
  7. Previous award winners may apply
  8. Only one submission per student will be accepted

Required Materials

  1. The student's translation
  2. The source text, including citation information
  3. All previous translations of the source text, including all citation information*.
  4. A cover letter explaining why a new translation is needed and why the submitted translation is an improvement over previous work
  5. A letter (maximum of 2 pages) from a faculty member who has excellent knowledge of the source language and text, attesting to a. the quality of the translation b. the importance of the source text, and c. the difficulty of the source text.

Item 5 (the letter from a faculty member) advocates for the translation. The information contained in the letter is a crucial aid to the committee in making their decision. As such, the importance and difficulty of the source text must be taken into account, and the letter should discuss in detailthe qualityof the student's translation and what distinguishes it from other translations (if applicable).

The Committee may choose to award lesser amounts for Honorable Mentions. The Committee reserves the right not to make any awards. 

*Because this requirement can cause a hardship in some cases, translations dating from no more than 50 years ago should be submitted as PDF files.  If there are translations that date from more than 50 years ago, there should be listed in a bibliography.

 

Files must be less than 32 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg pdf doc docx.
Files must be less than 32 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png tif pdf doc docx.
The information contained in the letter is a crucial aid to the committee in making their decision. As such, the importance and difficulty of the source text must be taken into account, and the letter should discuss in detail the quality of the student's translation and what distinguishes it from other translations (if applicable). The advocacy letter must point out specific examples of difficulties in the source text and how the translator overcomes them.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg png pdf doc docx.
By signing this document, I certify that the information contained herein is true and accurate. Further, I give the department/program permission to verify my academic record.