Fellowship Programme

The International Youth Library's fellowship programme has two primary goals: to support research in the field of international children's and youth literature and illustration, and to promote academic exchange and international cooperation.

Through the fellowship programme, which has been funded by the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Repbulic of Germany for the past 50 years, the International Youth Library would like to encourage comparative research about literature for children and teenagers in an increasingly networked world. At the same time we would like to encourage the academic use of our international collection of books for children and young adults, which spans 400 years.

The International Youth Library offers academic fellowships for up to fifteen scholars each year. The length of the stay can range from six weeks up to three months. Scholars work on research projects that they have already started in their home countries. Applications from junior scholars are especially welcome.

Fellowship holders work in the reading room of the research library and are supported by staff members in both the content and organizational aspects of their research projects. Our international scholars are invited to describe their research projects at round-table discussions. We also assist with the organization of visits to other libraries ans research facilities.

Applicaton requirement:
- Academic qualification
- International focus of the research project
- Sufficient fluency in either German or English
- Non-German citizenship

Deadline for applictions:
September 30th for a stay in the following year