The Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship Program

About the Fellowship Program

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program has been postponed to May 13-19 2022, to coincide with the full (physical) Forum (May 15-18). As a result of this postponement the application process has been reopened until October 31st.

The Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program, sponsored by the George von Holtzbrinck Publishing Group since its inception in 1985, is a professional week-long seminar which focuses on significant issues of current interest to the international publishing community. As part of the Jerusalem International Book Forum (previously – the Jerusalem International Book Fair) the fellowship program takes place biennially. Coinsiding with the Forum, the program allows for further networking opportunities for the fellows.

Each JIBF about thirty-five editors, literary agents and literary scouts are carefully selected (by committees of experienced publishing professionals) to participate in the fellowship program. To date nearly 600 alumni from 40 countries representing a wide range of companies and professional roles have participated in the program. Many alumni now occupy senior positions, and the JIBF remains a focal point for their professional relationships and friendships.

Editors, literary agents and literary scouts are invited to submit their applications to the program. About thirty-five fellows will be accepted following a careful and thorough process.

For any question or request concerning the fellowship please contact Sharon Katz:

About the Fellowship Program

2019 Fellows

See list of participants in the 2019 Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship program.

The JIBF mourns the loss of Monika Schoeller (S. Fischer Verlag/ Holtzbrinck Publishing Group), a true and loyal friend and supporter as well as a frequent attendee of the JIBF. Monika was a rare and inspiring person: wise, kind, modest, openhearted and patient. During her long career, she has touched so many people, publishing professionals and readers alike.  The Holtzbinck family has been sponsoring the Zev Birger Editorial Fellowship since its inception in 1985. It is thanks to Monika’s support that the program came to be. We owe her a great debt of gratitude.