• Welcome to the website of the French Institute of South Africa!

  • Bienvenue sur le site de l'Institut Français d'Afrique du Sud !

CNL aid programmes for foreign translators, publishers and bookshops

“Le Centre National du Livre” (National Book Centre), a public institution under the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, encourages the creation and distribution of high-quality works of literature. It provides direct support to the various individuals and companies working at all levels of the book industry (writers, translators, publishers, bookshops, libraries, event organizers etc.). Its aid programmes take the form of grants, funding for preparatory work, zero-interest loans and fellowships and scholarships awarded on the advice of specialized committees. Interested? Read more below about the aides or go directly to the CNL website.

Foreign Translators:

The CNL provides residency scholarships for foreign translators – whether young or already established – who wish to stay in France to work on a translation project commissioned by a foreign publisher having a publishing contract for a French work. The scholarship application has to be submitted by the translator. The scholarship is 2,000 euros per month, for a duration of 1 to 3 months. Interested? Click here for the full details.


The CNL allocates grants to foreign professional publishers wishing to publish translations of high-quality French works covered by a copyright assignment contract with a French publisher. All foreign languages are eligible. The grant request is submitted by the French publisher. The grant covers the assignment of copyright and the translation costs and image rights, to the exclusion of all other publishing costs. The amount granted can represent up to 100% of the amount advanced on account and from 30% to 60% of the translation cost and/or of the extra copyright fees for abroad. The translation must be done by an independent translator and paid by the publisher responsible for publishing and distributing the work abroad. Interested? Click here for the full details.


Outside France, the CNL supports bookshops that promote French-language publications and editorial production in foreign countries. Official recognition as “French-language Bookshop of Reference” conferred by the CNL opens the door to operating subsidies for the diversification and promotion of books and periodicals in the French language. This official recognition is accorded for a period of three years. Interested? Click here for the full details.

The CNL also assists in the creation of bookshops, with funding for inventory acquisition, computerization and the training of personnel. This funding is in the form of purchase loans or grants and is limited to no more than 50% of the total cost of the project. Interested? Click here for the full details.

Books - Calls for applications

  • Calls for applications

    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Journalistic Comic Project | DEADLINE 27 APRIL

    The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Goethe-Institut will be supporting a month-long residency for 3 comic artists (one South African, one German and one French) in June in Cape Town. During this residency, each comic artist will be assisted by a local journalist. Together, they will… Read more
  • IMG 0747-772352
    Calls for applications

    Call for contributions | Writing Post-Apartheid South Africa: 1994-2014

    The aim of this issue of Etudes Littéraires Africaines is to do justice to the dynamism and renewal of South African literature today. It is not meant so much to offer a catalogue of authors and works as to focus on the way writers have managed to build a vision of South Africa through their… Read more
  • Calls for applications

    International residences at Récollets

    The City of Paris and the Institut français, France's international agency for cultural policy affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, offer a programme of residences dedicated to established writers and artists in the fields of visual and performing arts who have already achieved… Read more


According to your personal taste and interests, Frenchlinks helps you get in touch with the French speaking community and agencies in South Africa and Lesotho. Learn more...