FILI organises courses, seminars and webinars for translators. Upcoming events are announced on our website (under “Latest News”) and in our translators’ newsletter, as well as on the Kääntöpiiri platform and our social media channels.

Every year we host a Translators’ Fellowship seminar to coincide with the Helsinki Book Fair in October. Another regular event is our summer course for beginning literary translators, held every two years in August in cooperation with the Finnish National Agency for Education.


We offer mentorships for aspiring literary translators.

One application round is held every year for participants seeking to become mentors and mentees.

Applications are also accepted year-round from emerging translators who are working on their first translation project. These mentorships are open to translators who already have signed a translation contract with a publisher but wish to have some guidance and support as they work on the translation.

Other events and activities for translators

FILI coordinates a translators’ book group that meets around once a month as a hybrid event (in-person at FILI’s offices and online).

FILI offers six-month internships for people studying Finnish as a foreign language who are interested in a career as translators. The internships are organised through the Finnish National Agency for Education’s “Finnish in Finland” (Suomea Suomessa) programme.

There is one application round per year for FILI’s translator residencies.