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The Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship: Connecting young French and German booksellers and publishers

The next edition of the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship will take place in autumn 2021.

There is no application phase in 2021. The selected participants for the 2020 programme will take part in the physical programme in 2021.

More than 600 young professionals of the publishimng industry already took part in the fellowship programme: Selected young booksellers and publishing staff complete an intensive two-week training programme between France and Germany. New professional, language and intercultural skills are acquired through practical seminars and study trips to both countries.

What to expect from the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship

  • Intense two-week training programme
  • Preparatory seminars focusing on linguistic, intercultural and professional know-how
  • Study trips to Germany and France
  • Networking with publishers, booksellers and multipliers from both countries


The costs for the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship (preparatory course, accommodation, food and travel) are covered by the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW) in cooperation with programme partners Frankfurter Buchmesse, the society for promoting French literature abroad (BIEF) and Pro Helvetia. During study trips, participants receive a scholarship worth 450 € from the DFJW.

Target group

The Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship is aimed at young professional booksellers and publishing employees from Germany, France and Switzerland with a strong interest in the book market of the neighbouring country. Prerequisites are a completed a completed degree or training programme and knowledge of French. The age limit for programme participation is 30 years.


What are the requirements?

  • Age limit: 35 years
  • Concluded apprenticeship or university degree
  • Availability over the entire programme duration (22 May until 5 June 2020)
  • Resident in Germany, France or Switzerland
  • It is the participants' responsibility to insure themselves sufficiently during the programme.

Which application documents have to be submitted?

  • CV
  • Letter of application
  • Letter of recommendation by a direct supervisor

How should I submit my application?

  • German: Applicants send their documents to Emeline Berton, Frankfurter Buchmesse:
  • French: Applicants send their documents to Katja Petrovic, Bureau International de l'Édition française:
  • Swiss: Applicants send their documents to Aurélia Maillard-Despont, Pro Helvetia:

When is the application deadline?

The deadline of the application phase for the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship 2021 is 31 January 2021.

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Why participate?

If you want to extend your business network in Germany and France, use the opportunities offered by the Fellowship.