Acquisition of Rights: A Program of the Institut Français, Paris

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The Acquisition of Rights program is currently accepting applications until April 12, 2022.

The Institut Français oversees a program aimed at publishers seeking financial assistance for the acquisition of rights of French works for publication into English.   

Coordinated by the Institut Français of Paris, the acquisition of rights program helps American publishers offset the cost of acquiring the rights to French works for English translation. 

American publishers wishing to participate and seeking a grant through this program should fill out the online application form and provide the required documents listed below. 

- Completed online application form
- Signed balanced budget 
- Signed convention with the Institut Français 
- Two copies of the book in French in addition to  a PDF of the book in French

Books should be sent to:
Acquisition of Rights Program
Book & Ideas, Villa Albertine
972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075

PDF of the book should be sent to

Beneficiaries are selected by the Institut Français in Paris. The amount awarded is paid directly to the French publisher and cannot exceed the amount of the advance paid to the French publisher for the acquisition of rights. The amount granted varies from €500 to €7,000.

For any questions regarding the program you may contact: Louise Dodet at

To apply, please visit the following page. Full guidelines for the program are available here. 

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The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine's main French partners.


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