Thanks to a generous gift from Lucy Gunderson, CT, the American Foundation for Translation and Interpretation (AFTI) is pleased to offer a limited number of fully-paid up ATA memberships each year to individuals joining ATA for the first time who are Black, indigenous, or people of color.


Applicants must satisfy all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an aspiring or active professional stranslator or interpretor OR a student in a translation or interpreting training program
  • Self-identify as a member of the Black, indigenous, and people of color community
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have a total annual income of less than $50,000
  • Have never been a member of ATA


At least one award per year must go to a U.S. citizen by birth.  Each year, individuals receiving awards should be working in a variety of language pairs to distribute the award across as many language pairs as possible.  The selection committee will give preference to student and newcomers to the translation and interpretation profession (including people changing careers) and select awardees based on their answers to the essay questions on the application form.


Please provide all of the following as PDF files:

  • Your current resume/CV
  • The first page of your prior-year tax return showing total annual income (black out your SSN)
  • Documentation of student status, if applicable
  • Proof of citizenship or permanent residence
  • The application form fully filled out with signed affirmation "I affirm that I am not primarily white or of Western European descent".
  • No photo is required at application, but a photo will be required for winners for the ATA Chronicle, social media, etc.

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