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Do you read sci-fi in a language other than English?

Paid opportunity for UG students from all subjects with opportunities to practice translation skills and leadership.

The Multilingual Science Fiction Project brings together undergraduate and postgraduate students from arts and sciences to create a new global science fiction webpage for the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science (StA-CES).

We are looking for undergraduate students studying ANY subject who want to share their favourite science fiction texts through translation. We encourage readers of languages which are currently not taught by the School of Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Persian, Spanish, Russian) to join the project AND students of modern languages too. No previous translation experience is required and we welcome students studying science and humanities subjects.

The project will take place in Semester 1. Each student translator will work on an English translation of a short extract from science fiction written in a language other than English. They will also translate a short extract from science fiction in English into their other language. All the extracts will focus on imaginary exoplanets (planets outside the solar system) and they might also include meetings between humans and extra-terrestrial life. In addition to group meetings where you can share your experiences with translation we will have a workshop with a professional translator of science fiction.

Translators will be paid for 20 hours of work and 5 hours of workshop participation at the rate of £14.59 per hour.

There is also an opportunity to take on a leadership role within the project: co-ordinating the work of translators, web-designer, composer and artist to bring the project to completion.

If you are interested, please fill in the short application form available here: by 5pm on 16 September 2021.
For any enquiries please contact Dr Emily Finer or Darya Tsymbalyuk

Opportunities to work with us as Summer student:
We offer summer projects for undergraduate students. These projects can be in one discipline only, but cross-disciplinary work is also envisioned. Please contact potential supervisors.
Possible funding sources are:
  —  Cormack Scholarship and Piazzi Smyth Scholarship
  —  Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship
  —  Royal Astronomical Society Undergraduate Research Bursaries
  —  Laidlaw Undergraduate Internship Programme in Research and Leadership

Opportunities to work with us as PhD student through independent funding schemes:
  —  Carnegie PhD Scholarships   (student needs to be from a Scottish university)
  —  Russell Trust   (supports travel costs connected with research)
  —  Iapetus DTP studentships
  —  China Scholarship Council   (available for Chinese nationals)