International Publishing Fellowship: India 2022
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
In 2021, British Council commissioned a research study to understand India's trade publishing and literature sectors, identifying opportunities for internationalisation and identifying challenges and issues faced by publishers and other literature organisations from working and collaborating more internationally, specifically with the UK.
The 2022 International Publishing Fellowship evolved from the findings of the ‘India Publishing and Literature Sector Study’ conducted by the Art X Company and released in December 2021.
The Fellowship is a peer-to-peer mentoring and professional development programme where publishers from the UK will be matched with publishers of similar career stage and publishing interests from India. It will be a year-long programme consisting of reciprocal study trips, featuring masterclasses, networking opportunities and professional updating.
The deadline for applications has been extended to 5.30pm IST / 12.00 pm GMT on 3 April 2022.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in an online interview.
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WHO CAN APPLY?
Has been involved with and worked in publishing for a minimum of 5 years and has been involved in translation publishing; if fewer years, then has held a leadership position for at least 2 years
Worked in any of the following roles or in similar positions: Commissioning editors, Owner/CEO of independent publishing houses (newly established/micro), Literary agents
Is currently involved at a leadership level in a publishing house or has the agency to take strategic calls on a project or on behalf of the organisation
If freelance, has at least 5 years experience in the translation ecosystem
Is currently involved in one or more translation projects or has concrete plans to do so in the next one year
Has knowledge of and network connections in the translation ecosystem in their home country
To be noted
- This round of the Fellowship does not support Academic or STEM Publishing
- This is a professional development activity opportunity aimed at individuals, not organisations. Individuals should apply in a personal capacity, with the consent of their employer.
• Introductions around the cohort
• 1 work-in-progress presentation on any aspect of the individual fellow’s project to the cohort
• 6-8 digital learning sessions including workshops and masterclasses
• 7 day study trip overseas in Aug 2022 / Jan 2023 which includes meetings, networking events, publishing house visits
• Research and learning assignments related to the study trips (This will include short written assignment about what the fellow expects to do on the study trip, identifying publishers/translators/literary agents they would like to connect with and such details.)
• Short reflective report about your experience as a Fellow to be submitted by 31 March 2023.
COSTS COVERED BY THE FELLOWSHIP
The Fellowship will cover the costs of all fellows’ flights, visa costs, accommodation, local transfers, and per diems during the two study trips. The Fellowship will also cover a limited amount of travel insurance and government-mandated Covid tests.
Your employer will need to provide a letter of support alongside your application. The letter will confirm that they agree to your participation in the programme, and will grant you the time to participate in:
● All the online sessions and other activities of the fellowship
● 3 days activity during the inbound study visit to host the overseas partner fellow. This may include one or two days of hosting an overseas Fellow to shadow you at your publishing house.
● 7-10 days outbound study trip to UK or India as applicable
At the end of the Fellowship, Fellows will be invited to bid for a development fund. This fund will enable them to continue forging international professional links.
Fellows could spend the fund:
● visiting trade fairs
● shadowing opportunities
● professional training
● seed-funding international projects, etc.
Development Fund Applications will be assessed on the following:
● prior commitment to the Fellowship activities
● likely impact of the activities on developing the Fellow’s career and international connections
● value for money
HOW TO APPLY?
To apply to the Fellowship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
● A brief cover letter explaining your interest in becoming a Fellow and what you hope to achieve out of the programme. Being able to highlight aspects of your current work or organisation's vision congruous to the Fellowship will be helpful.
● A completed application form in .doc format
● A letter of support from your employer in .pdf format
Please include ‘International Publishing Fellowship 2022’ in the email subject line
Applicants who have access requirements that prevent the filling out of an application form, are welcome to send in applications to email@example.com via a recorded video file in English, covering the following aspects:
● 1 minute introduction including current location, professional role and organisation, and years of experience in the sector
● 2 - 3 minute narration of professional highlights in the literature and publishing sector, specifically in translation
● 1 minute explanation of how the Fellowship might impact future work and how this opportunity might help to further business interests
● An accompanying CV or any available web links to the candidate's organisation would be useful
To note: the recorded video does not require additional graphics of any kind. The only requirement is that the candidate's face must be well-lit and voice clearly audible with little to no background noise. The video should be no longer than 5 minutes long. It can be recorded at a resolution of 720p with a file size no larger than 30MB.
Valuing diversity is essential to the ethics of this Fellowship and we welcome applications from underrepresented groups. We aim to promote equality in all aspects of the fellowship activities and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All those associated with the Fellowship are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with these policies.
For more information on the British Council’s Equality and Diversity policy, please click here.