Apply Now for a 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair Fellowship

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Applications for the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair’s Fellowship Program, which offers a wonderful opportunity to tour Germany and meet many of the country’s top publishers, is now open. Details from the press release follow below:

Networking and exchanges across international borders

Frankfurt am Main, 28.02.2012 – The application phase for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s Fellowship Programme begins on 1 March. Until 30 April 2012, publishers, editors, rights managers and literary agents from around the world can apply to take part in this prestigious support programme.

The two-week programme focuses on networking, information exchanges and a professional dialogue. The demanding application procedure ensures that the group of 16 Fellows gains as much as possible from one another. The success of this concept is confirmed by participants from previous years. “I made a lot of valuable contacts, both internationally and in the German book industry,” says Anke Göbel of Verlagsgruppe Random House, who took part in the Fellowship Programme in 2010. “I got a much clearer idea of the differences and interrelationships that exist in the international publishing world. And I took inspiration for my own work from other markets,” she adds.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme starts on Sunday 30 September, 2012. It includes visits to German publishers in Frankfurt and Berlin, and further items are planned for the itinerary. At the same time, the participants gain an insight into the latest happenings in the international book industry. As part of the programme, the Frankfurt Fellows present their own national publishing scenes, thereby opening the way to intercultural exchanges within the group. “The fellowship programme took me to the best publishing houses of Germany,” says Fangzhou Yang of Dook Publishing in China, who took part in the 2011 programme. “I got to know how they find their authors, how they do the marketing for these high standard authors, and how they work internationally to make great bestsellers. This part will benefit me most in my work.”

The highlight of the programme is the collective visit to the Frankfurt Book Fair (10 to14 October 2012). The traditional Fellowship Cocktail Party takes place on the Thursday of the Fair, when all the participants from the last 14 years of the programme are invited.

Once a Fellow, always a Fellow: how colleagues become friends

In the words of Teresa Tellechea, of the Spanish publisher Grupo SM, “There was such a good connection between all the Fellows that we keep in touch regularly. We became friends, and now there are 16 people whom I trust in the business, and who can give me advice and tips – and vice versa.”

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme was established in 1998 to promote young international publishing professionals. Over the last 13 years, a tightly woven network has developed within the international publishing industry. Already, more than 220 participants from 44 countries have obtained long-term benefits from the programme. The annual meetings of Frankfurt Fellows at the Frankfurt Book Fair ensure that contacts are long-lived.

The Frankfurt Fellowship Programme is part of the Frankfurt Academy – The Mind Network, the international conference brand of the Frankfurt Book Fair, in cooperation with the German Publishers and Booksellers Association.

Information for applicants

Applicants must show evidence of several years of service in the publishing sector and must speak English well. A basic command of German is also recommended.

For the Frankfurt Fellowship Programme application documents, visit:

Niki Théron, E-mail:, Tel.: +49 (0) 69 2102-167

Applications from South Asia
If you are interested in the Fellowship Programme and you live in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka, please contact the German Book Office New Delhi before submitting an application. Your contact person there is Akshay Pathak,

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.