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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.

The selected participants for the 2020 programme will - if the pandemic conditions allow it - take part in the physical programme in 2021. There are still a few places available for new applicants! Please apply for the programme by 30 April 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 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 recommendation by a direct supervisor

How can I submit my application?

Please apply via the online application form, which can be found on the German-language version of this page during the application phase.

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When is the application deadline?

The deadline of the application phase for the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship 2021 is 30 April 2021.

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.

We support young professionals and high potentials in many ways

Why participate?

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