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

The Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship takes place from 8 May to 22 May 2019 in Germany and France.

The application phase for the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship 2020 will start in November 2019.

Launched in 2017 when France was guest of honour, Frankfurter Buchmesse's Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship is set to continue pursuing these goals: 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
  • Language and intercultural preparatory course
  • 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 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 (two weeks in May 2019)
  • 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

Why participate?

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