The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Verwertungsgesellschaft Wort, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Fritz Thyssen Foundation promote the translation of outstanding works in the humanities and social sciences into English with the "Geisteswissenschaften International – Prize for the promotion of translation of works in the humanities". The prize includes funding of the translation costs.

The objective of this support for translation is to contribute to the global dissemination of research results in the humanities and at the same time preserve German as a language of science and language in which works in the humanities are published for the first time.

Publishing houses can apply for publications from the field of the humanities and social sciences. They propose titles of their choice and provide a brief statement offering the reasons for their selection. The grant amount is based on individual cases and actual translating costs. An independent selection committee made up of scholars, journalists and publishers of scholarly works chaired by Prof. Luca Giuliani (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin) selects the books to be promoted two times each year. In addition to the chairperson, the members of the jury are: Prof. Tilman Allert (Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main), Alexander Cammann (Die ZEIT), Prof. Philipp Gassert (Universität Mannheim), Prof. Doris Kaufmann (Universität Bremen), Prof. Martin von Koppenfels (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Dr. Martina Kayser (Reclam Verlag), Prof. Christoph Menke  (Johann  Wolfgang  Goethe-Universität  Frankfurt  am  Main),  Prof. Claus  Pias  (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg), Dr. Alexander Roesler (S. Fischer Verlag), Dr. Julia Voss (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Additional information such as, for example, conditions governing participation and an overview of prize-winning works to date is available at the website of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels:

Applications for the current tender can be submitted online to the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. A copy of the application and additional documents should be sent to the following address:

Geschäftsstelle Geisteswissenschaften International
c/o Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V.
Braubachstr. 16
60311 Frankfurt am Main