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Acquisition of Rights

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The Institut français oversees a program aimed at publishers seeking financial assistance for the acquisition of rights of French works for publication in the United States.

A program coordinated by the Institut français, operated by Villa Albertine

The Institut français oversees a program aimed at publishers seeking financial assistance for acquiring rights of French and francophone works for publication in the United States.

Coordinated by the Institut français and operated by Villa Albertine, it assists American publishers in covering the expenses of acquiring the rights to French works of fiction, non-fiction, youth and comics 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 documents listed below:

– Completed online application form;
– Signed balanced budget;
– Signed convention with the Institut français;
– Signed acquisition of rights contract with the French publisher;
– Two copies of the book in French in addition to a PDF in French.

Please note that you can only apply to this program if the advance has not already been paid to the French publishing house. If you intend to apply to this program, please negotiate a differed payment with the French publisher upon the signature of the contract. 


All digital materials (budget, contract, convention, and book PDF) should be sent to:

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

Beneficiaries are selected by the Institut français. The amount awarded is paid directly to the French publisher and cannot exceed the amount of the first advance to be paid to the French publisher for the acquisition of rights. The amount granted varies from €400 to €4,000.

For any questions, please email

The next and last call for 2024 will be launched by the Institut Français in June. However, you may apply anytime throughout the year via the application form. Please email us all requested documents after you fill out the form. 

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Institut français

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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