BG Babel Bursary of Excellence in Translation
The bursary is offered by BG Communications International Inc. and its partners by way of BG's
Young Translators Consolidated Assistance Fund (YOTCAF). The YOTCAF is a private fund
administered by BG and financed by several contributors. The YOTCAF's mandate is to provide
assistance to future translators, promote excellence in the profession by granting bursaries
to deserving students and finance the production of didactic material and professional tools.
DESCRIPTION AND GOALS (French-English category)
The "Babel Translation" bursary, worth $1,500,
is awarded to the candidate who obtains the best result
in a Quebec-wide French-English translation contest organised
by BG Communications International Inc. The purpose of this
bursary is to support new translators and promote excellence
in the profession. Its goal is to help young linguists integrate
themselves into the work force and promote social recognition
of the profession. It also attempts to help the multi-lingual
and communication services industry identify young talent
and ensure the renewal of their human resources. At the dawn of
the new century, BG's "Babel" fellowship
aspires to be a vehicle of social awareness. In a world
where the global market has become an undeniable reality,
linguists are a necessary link. They are the contacts between
cultures and the communication channels for the different
players in the global arena.
THE TARGETED CLIENTELE
The fellowships are designed for Canada university students enrolled in the following
programmes: Translation, French Studies, English Studies, Modern Languages, Linguistics
or any other related programme.
To be eligible, candidates must be enrolled in a university recognised by the Provincial
Ministry of Education, and be registered in a full-time or part-time undergraduate programme
(bachelors degree, certificate, minor or major) in Translation, Arts or Languages, as well
- be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, permanent resident
of Canada or have a valid student
visa and be undergoing the process
- be a full-time student (12 credits per semester) or a part-time student (less than 12
credits per semester) and have completed a minimum of 70 credits for a bachelor degree,
including no less than 30 credits of a Translation programme, in view of obtaining a
degree (certificate, major, minor) in Translation at the time of registration;
- complete the registration form and pay the $15 administration fee; and
- register for the translation contest, comply with contest rules and respect the date,
place and time of the test, as scheduled by the organisation committee.
BG requests that all candidates enroll
in the Canada-wide translation contest.
The test consists of translating a
text totaling 250 to 300 words from
French to English within a period
of three hours. The contest will be
held on the same day in every university
where the number of participants justifies
it, under the supervision of official
BG representatives. Two weeks prior
to the contest, the time, date and
place of the exam will be disclosed,
by email, to each participant.
All candidates must fill out a registration form and pay the administrative fee.
Participants who wish to obtain a copy of the registration form and contest rules may do so
from their translation department, student association, by requesting one from the organising
committee's office or by printing a copy directly from
The registration period for the Canada-wide translation contest extends from February 1, 2010
to March 29, 2010. It is necessary that the registration form and administrative fee be sent
to the organisation committee no later than March 29, 2010, the postmark being proof thereof.
CORRECTION COMMITTEES AND THE JURY
Experienced translators will sit on the correction committee and evaluate the exam papers and
grade them in accordance with a pre-defined correction grid. The one hundred best copies
will be submitted to the jury for evaluation. The jury, chaired by Mrs. Linda Gauthier,
Chief Operating Officer and senior partner at BG Communications International Inc., will
evaluate the finalists. Criteria such as quality of language and an accurate rendition of
the source document will guide the jury in their evaluation.
NOMINATION OF FINALISTS AND AWARD WINNERS
The names of the winners for the "Babel - Translation - French-English Category" bursary
will be disclosed in mid-September 2010. A bursary and commemorative plaque will be given to the
winners during a gala hosted by BG Communications International Inc. at the end of September.
REGARDING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act people's personal lives
and their personal information, and gives them the right to access this information.
Each candidate's exam will be kept for a period of six months in the organisation committee
office files. Any person wishing to obtain a corrected copy of his exam may request same
For Further Information:
Fax: (514) 376-4486
BG Communications Int'l Inc.
4480, Côte-de-Liesse Road,
Mount Royal, Quebec
Canada H4N 2R1