Joel Agee has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1990-91 he received a DAAD fellowship from the Artists in Berlin program of the German Academic Exchange Service.
In 1999 he won the Helen and Kurt
Wolff Prize for his translation of Heinrich von Kleist's verse play
In 2005 he received the Modern Language Association's Lois
Roth Award for his translation of Hans Erich Nossack's The End: Hamburg
In 2007 he was a finalist for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize and received the ALTA National Translation Award for his translation of the Selected Writings of Friedrich Dürrenmatt.
In 2008 he received the Berlin Prize of the American Academy in Berlin.