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21 August 2019

About the Fellowship Programme

Interested in getting involved?

Publishing Scotland's International Fellowship Programme aims to encourage relationships between the international publishing community and their Scottish counterparts, and facilitate the buying and selling of rights.

Part-funded by Creative Scotland and SDI the Fellowship is now in its fifth year, and has so far brought together 35 publishers from 15 countries worldwide.


Application Process and Deadline

The deadline for applying to the Fellowship Programme was Friday 25 January 2019

For further information about the Fellowship programme see Fellowship 2019 Summary.

Queries about the Fellowship should be directed to Jess Walter, Programme Support Officer:

Applications were considered by the Fellowship Steering Group consisting of publishers, agents, and Publishing Scotland. Successful applicants were notified by email late February / early March. The dates for our 2019 Fellowship are 19 to 25 August.

To discuss the Fellowship further please email Marion Sinclair, Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland, or call 0131 228 6866.

For more information about previous Fellows, see our 2019 Fellowship Brochure (PDF)


The Programme

The Fellowship programme is aimed at international Publishers/Directors looking to discover Scottish books - fiction, non-fiction, and children's - and to acquire rights.

The program will include:

  • Activities at the Edinburgh International Book Festival; presentations on the Scottish book market; individual meetings with Scottish publishers;
  • Visits to bookshops and publishing houses
  • Networking events

We are looking for:

  • Editorial Publishers/Directors whose lists  include English-language works in translation or works from countries known for purchasing UK rights (ideally but not mandatory)
  • Candidates with a strong command of English
  • Buyers of fiction/non-fiction/YA and children's

The Fellowship programme will cover the following expenses:

  • Transport to and from Scotland
  • Accommodation (hotels chosen by Publishing Scotland)
  • Some meals/dinners


New Books Scotland 2019

This is our most recent rights catalogue showcasing members' books. The print version gets distributed at the London and Frankfurt book fairs and other events throughout the year. There is also a PDF version to download.


About the inaugural programme in 2015

We established a new Publishing Fellowship Programme in 2015. For the inaugural programme, eight international publishers were invited to come to Scotland for a week in August to meet Scottish publishers and agents - and visit the world-class Edinburgh International Book Festival (see PDF leaflet).

They were chosen by our steering committee based upon their standing in the publishing community and their previous interest and links with the industry here.

The Programme took place from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 August 2015, to coincide with the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The eight Fellows visited publishing houses and agents, saw market presentations, attended match-making events and dinners, and many more networking opportunities in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands over the week. There were opportunities to see a bit of the country and to spend time at the wonderful Edinburgh International Book Festival and other festivals in Edinburgh.