Frankfurt Fellowship Programme 2016

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First launched to mark the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1998, the Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship Programme provides information and networking within the international publishing world. During those last nineteen years, more than 300 participants from 55 countries have gained so far from this experience.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme focuses on information exchange, professional dialogue and the creation of networks between young international publishers. We visit publishing houses and booksellers, see market presentations, have match-making events and dinners, and offer our fellows networking opportunities in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin.

Application requirements


  • Several years' experience in publishing
  • Good knowledge of the English language
  • Basic knowledge of the German language recommended


  • Your filled-in application form
  • Three letters of recommendation from international business partners
  • Letter of recommendation from applicant's own employer

FAQ Fellowship Programme

  • How should I send my application?
    Please compile your completed application form, together with letters of recommendation by three international business partners as well as a reference letter by your company’s management (i.e. CEO, MD, Publisher) and send via email to and additionally via mail to the address given in the application form. Deadline is 30th April 2016.
  • Is there an age limit?
    There is no official age limit, but the programme is aimed at young professionals. Most Frankfurt Fellows are between 30 and 40 years old when they take part in the programme.
  • Who should write the three letters of recommendation?
    The letters of recommendation should be written by international publishers, editors, foreign rights directors/managers or literary agents with which the applicant has worked. Recommendation letters written by authors cannot be considered. The internationals letters of recommendation should not originate in your own country.
  • Who can be considered for the Frankfurt Fellowship?
    Publishers, editors, rights and licensing professionals, agents and product managers (print and digital) can apply for the Frankfurt Fellowship.
  • Costs
    Travel expenses and accommodation while staying in Germany are covered by the Frankfurt Book Fair. This also goes for part of the food expenses until October 16th. Participants are responsible for covering their travel costs to Frankfurt and back.
  • How is the procedure during the Frankfurt Book Fair? Can I arrange my own appointments?
    From the 17 October to 23 October, there will only be evening engagements within the Fellowship programme. During the day, the Frankfurt Fellows can arrange their own appointments.
  • What should I do if I need a visa?
    Frankfurt Fellows who need a visa will receive an invitation letter from the Frankfurt Book Fair after being selected for the programme.
  • Applications from Asia:
    Applicants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are asked to send their applications to the German Book Office (GBO) in New Delhi.
    Contact: Prashasti Rastogi
Any questions?
Katharina Wallat
Frankfurt Book Fair
Katharina Wallat
t: +49 (0) 69 2102176
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46176
April 30

Application Fellowship

March until April 2016

October 2016 9


9 - 23 October 2016

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