Frankfurt Fellowship Programme 2014: Focus on children’s and YA books

Frankfurt Fellowship 2014 46634

In the run-up to the Frankfurt Book Fair this prestigious Frankfurt Fellowship Programme focuses on information exchange, professional dialogue and the creation of networks between young international publishers. 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 fifteen years, more than 260 participants from 48 countries have gained so far from this experience.

The 2014 programme will, for the first time, be geared exclusively toward publishers, editors, rights and licensing professionals, agents and product managers specialised in children’s and YA books (print and digital).

More about the Programme:

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme takes place from 28 September to 12 October. We will visit publishing houses and booksellers, see market presentations and match-making events, have dinners and we will offer the fellows many more networking opportunities in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.


  • several years' experience in publishing
  • good knowledge of English
  • basic knowledge of German recommended

Applications documents:

  • application form
  • recommendation from applicant´s own employer
  • three letters of recommendation from international business partners

FAQ Frankfurt Fellowship

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.

Who can be considered for the Frankfurt Fellowship?
Publishers, editors, rights and licensing professionals, agents and product managers specialised in children’s books (print and digital) can apply for the Frankfurt Fellowship.

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 5th. 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 6th October to 12 October, there will only be evening engagements within the Fellowship programme (on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). During the day, the Frankfurt Fellows can arrange their own appointments.

What should I do if I need a visa?
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?
Niki Théron
Frankfurt Book Fair
Niki Théron
t: +49 (0) 69 2102167
f: +49 (0) 69 2102 46167

Application deadline for 2014 was April 30

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