Brown in Translation (BiT)

The Brown in Translation Program

The Office of International Affairs provides funding for the translation of three books (up to $5,000 each) and 10 scholarly articles (up to $1,000 each) authored by Brown faculty each year. Applicants may request an award to translate works that are already published in English as well as works in progress. Awards cannot be used to translate a book or article into more than one language.

The aim of the Brown in Translation (BiT) initiative is to make the best research and writing of our faculty more widely available to colleagues internationally and to further raise Brown’s name and visibility across the globe. A committee comprised of Brown faculty and IA staff is appointed to select publications for translation in Humanities and Social Sciences, which can best achieve these aims.


Regular Brown faculty in Humanities and Social Sciences are eligible to receive a BiT award. Please note that successful applicants are not eligible for future BiT awards. Strong applicants will already have a contractor for the foreign language publication; however, this is not a requirement to receive BiT funding.


Please check this website for updates on the deadline for the next round of applications. Applicants should send a letter of interest and relevant application materials to the Office of International Affairs, campus box 1919, that includes the following information:

  • Applicant contact information
    • Full name and title
    • Department, institute, or center
    • Email address
  • Work for which applicant is seeking translation funding
    • Title (English and target language)
    • Publisher (for English version)
    • Date of publication (if applicable)
    • Name of contractor for translation (if applicable)
    • Brief description of the work
    • Demonstration of how the translation of this work will impact scholars in the field not well served by English-only publications
    • Approximate word count and cost of translation
    • A copy of the article or 5-10 page excerpt of the book

2012 BiT Award Winners

See the Brown press release about 2012 BiT award winners: