Frankfurt Fellows 2018 Program Applications Are Open: Deadline April 30

In News by Porter Anderson

The 20-year-old Frankfurter Buchmesse Fellowship program brings publishers, rights managers, editors, and agents together from many parts of the world to Germany for two weeks in October.

The 2017 Frankfurt Fellows. Image: Frankfurter Buchmesse, Nurettin Çiçek

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

In 20 Years, 330 Fellows From 59 Countries
Frankfurter Buchmesse has opened applications today (March 22) for its two-week Frankfurt Fellowship program, now in its 20th year.

Designed as a professional education and networking experience in the international publishing industry, the program is focused on young professionals and creates opportunities for them to visit German publishing houses and bookstores ahead of the book fair (October 10-14) and to acquire business friendships with each other and with counterparts in the German publishing market.

There are slots for sixteen fellows in the program, and the deadline for application this year is April 30. Interested publishers, editors, agents, and rights managers are encouraged to apply.

Fellowship programming will begin on September 30 with meetings, tours, and networking events in three German cities’ publishing communities, and the program will then include, of course, the Fellows’ attendance at Frankfurter Buchmesse.

Applicants, who should have a good command of English, can find more information and the application form here. Three letters of recommendation from international business associates are required, as is such a letter from an applicant’s publishing house management.

For a second year, one of the fellowship’s participants will receive funding as a Fred Kobrak Frankfurt Fellow. Established by Kobrak’s family last year in memory of Fred Kobrak—a dedicated and long-serving player in the international publishing industry who passed away in December 2016—the fund covers the travel and accommodation costs for one Frankfurt Fellow each year for 10 years. Kobrak attended the Frankfurter Buchmesse for 56 consecutive years. Through this fund, his family wants to help young publishing professionals participate in the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

To date, the program has had more than 330 participants from 59 countries.

How to Apply for the Frankfurter Buchmesse Fellowship

Read the application requirements and download the application form. Completed applications should be sent to each applicant’s regional Frankfurter Buchmesse office, as follows:

Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka:
German Book Office (GBO) New Delhi
Ms Prashasti Rastogi,

China, Hong Kong, Taiwan:
Book Information Centre (BIZ) Beijing
Ms Yingxing Gong,

Book Information Centre (BIZ) Moscow
Ms Anastasia Milekhina,

USA, English-speaking Canada:
Frankfurt Book Fair New York Inc.
Ms Michelle Claussen,

Other countries:
Frankfurter Buchmesse GmbH, Frankfurt
Ms Niki Théron,

In a prepared statement, Bärbel Becker, director international projects at the Frankfurter Buchmesse, is quoted, saying, “A strong international network is essential in our industry.

“The program allows young professionals to increase their knowledge about foreign publishing markets and often results in long-lasting business contacts and friendships across the world.”

More of Publishing Perspectives’ coverage of the Frankfurt Fellows program is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.