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Next call for applications coming in September 2024

What is the scholarship for?

The literature scholarship is aimed at supporting the translation of books and other cultural works from Italian to Swedish or from Swedish to Italian. The scholarship would cover the costs or translation and possibly other associated costs such as illustration or printing.

Who can apply?

The applicant typically is the individual which performs the work, e.g. the translator. In case multiple people perform different kinds of work (e.g. translation and illustration), multiple applications should be submitted for the same book.


When the book is to be published by a not-for-profit organisation, the organisation may apply directly and would need to specify which individuals would perform the work.

What is the scholarship amount?

The scholarship amount is between 5,000 SEK and 50,000 SEK. ​

How do I apply?

Before you apply you will need to prepare to:

  • Describe work to be performed (and by whom, in case the applicant is the institution)

  • Provide the costs associated with each budget item

  • Describe how does this publication contribute to the cultural exchange between Sweden and Italy (max 1500 characters)


You submit your application through the web-based application by clicking the link on top of the page (the application form will open in a new window and will require registration).

The call is open every year during September-October.

How is my application evaluated?

Applications are examined by a committee consisting of the representatives from the Italian Cultural Institute, Swedish Institute, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, Stockholm School of Economics, and Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. 

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What happens after I apply?

After you have submitted the application you will receive the notification that it has been received.

Decisions for each application are made in December each year the applicants are notified before the end of the year.

What happens if I am awarded a scholarship?

You will receive a letter with the details of the next steps to take. 


We will require that the front matter of the publication contains one of the following:

“Med bidrag från Stiftelsen C.M. Lerici”
or: “The publication has been funded with a contribution from the C.M. Lerici Foundation”
or: “La pubblicazione è stata realizzata con il contributo della Fondazione C.M. Lerici”

We will ask you to send us a few physical copies of the publication such that we can verify that the above text is included. We will pay out the scholarship upon this verification.


The scholarship is withdrawn if not claimed for more than 24 months. 

By accepting the scholarship the applicant also authorises the publication of their name in the list of beneficiaries.


Literature Scholarships

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