one week to 3 months
Paid by host 

Translators might be awarded a grant from the Centre National du Livre for their stay at the CITL. For further information, please contact the French embassy in your country. For Swiss translators, the Pro Helvetia foundation might award a bursary (download an application file). The Département might support the stay of a writer/translator/illustrator - read more about this stipend here.

Finally, the CITL might also cover the cost of the stay and/or per diem of 20 euros, for stays longer than 2 weeks and upon review of your application.

Paid by artist 
  • 35 euros yearly membership fee
  • 20 euros/day residency fee
  • travel and subsistence costs
Application guidelines 

To apply, please send:

Because of the short number of places, please send your application file at least 3 months in advance. Priority is given to translators from or to French.



Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires

Collège International des Traducteurs Littéraires



The CITL hosts all year long translators, but also writers, researchers and linguists. Its first mission is to offer professional settings for translators to work on their current project (needs to be in relation with a publishing house).

The CITL organises also the “Assises de la traduction littéraire” (with the ATLAS association), each year in November, as well as other cultural meetings (readings, meetings with authors, etc). The CITL also developed bilateral/binational training program for (young) translators.

Accommodation Information 

The centre offers 10 individual rooms with private bathroom, a fully equiped kitchen, a dining room, a roof terrasse and a patio.

Technical Information 

Library: open around the clock for the residents, it contains over 18000 books, dictionnaries, encyclopedia, specialised publications and numerous publications on linguistic and translation theory. Also the library offers 10 desks with computer, printer and Internet.


The CITL is situated in an old Hôtel-Dieu hospital (XVIe century), rehabilitated and transformed in the Espace Van Gogh, which is runned by the City of Arles. Located in the city centre, the Espace Van Gogh hosts also the City Archives, the Arles Mediatheque and exhibition spaces.

Espace Van Gogh
13200 Arles
+33 (0)4 90 52 05 50
+33 (0)4 90 93 43 21

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