Kolejna edycja konkursu YOUNG INTERPETERS AWARD 2019

Termin: 18.12.2018 - 03.02.2019

Kolejna edycja konkursu YOUNG INTERPETERS AWARD 2019



Interpretation Services Management and Professional Support

Multilingualism and Knowledge development


Young Interpeters Award 2019

Leopoldo Costa Prize

Information sheet


Leopoldo Costa (1945-2000), Senior Interpreter at DG Interpretation, was undoubtedly one of the outstanding interpreters of his generation.


Over and above having an extraordinary array of working languages, he was known for an unflagging commitment to quality, tempered by unassuming modesty and a dry sense of humour. These qualities made him an invaluable source of advice and assistance to the less-experienced interpreters and particularly to students, to whom he gave unstinting support throughout his career. His premature death was a loss, which went well beyond the Service.


In his honour, DG Interpretation established the Young Interpreters Award, which continues to promote his aims: encouraging quality and providing support to those entering the profession.


Who can apply?


The contest, for this seventeenth edition of the award, is open to all students:

  • who are in their final year of their master’s degree in conference interpreting during the academic year 2018-2019, and
  • who are nationals of one of the member states of the European Union or a candidate country to the European Union.


The theme is: "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."

(Quote from Malcolm X, influential African American human rights activist (1925-1965))

What do I have to do?


1)  Think about what you would like to say about this subject.

2)  Then, prepare two short documents (in English, French or German):

  • A concise summary of the speech you would like to submit
    (+/- 800 characters = +/- half a page);
  • The speech itself (+/- 5.500 characters) should:
  • be original
  • show an innovative, modern and open approach to the interpreting profession in a changing context
  • have a personal angle.

3) Send them by e-mail to SCIC-YOUNG-INTERPRETERS-AWARD@ec.europa.eu by Sunday 3 February 2019.

4) Attach proof of registration to your master’s degree course.


And the AWARD?


The DG Interpretation Selection Committee will choose the three most promising entries whose authors will be invited for a visit to Brussels from 3 - 5 (or 6) April 2019.


In the course of their visit, the award winner and the two runners-up will be able to:

  • See the world's largest interpreting service at work.
  • Practice interpreting at a meeting of the European Union (microphone off).
  • Attend a dedicated master class and workshop on communication and presentation skills.
  • Participate in DG Interpretation’s annual conference on 4-5 April 2019, with trainers, interpreters, EU and international organisations, clients and … the award-winning students.  At this conference, the three students will be presented with their award certificates and the winner will give his/her speech to the assembled participants.


When will I know?


Each participant will be informed of the outcome of this contest by e-mail, around 4 weeks before the annual conference.


General regulations


  • Entrants agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the contest. 
  • The decisions of the organisers (DG Interpretation) and of the jury are final with regards to all aspects of the contest.
  • The organisers designate the members of the jury. The jury establishes its evaluation criteria and internal procedures autonomously; its proceedings are confidential.
  • Each competitor can only submit one contribution and all submitted texts should be his/her own work and exclusive property.  Any incomplete or late entries will be automatically rejected.
  • The organisers will use the participants' e-mail address by which he/she sent the entry, to contact him/her for the purposes of the contest.
  • The text of the winning entry, and the names and pictures of the winners, may be published on the conference website.
  • DG Interpretation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to cancel the contest, in the event of anything occurring that could compromise or affect the normal operation of the contest or if the jury concludes that none of the entries satisfies its criteria.



Data opublikowania: 18.12.2018
Osoba publikująca: Katarzyna Liber-Kwiecińska