The Assistance Programme for publishers registered in the United Kingdom was launched in 1993 by the Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Publishers who are leading, or intend to lead, an editorial policy which includes translations from the French into English in the fields of literature and human sciences may receive financial support for the translation of these books, and their promotion at the Institut français du Royaume-Uni. The Burgess Programme allows publishers to be supported directly through funds available in London at the Book office of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni.
Terms and conditions
Applications are submitted once a year.
For the 2021 session, applications will be open from October to December 2020.
The Burgess committee will meet in January and replies will be given in February 2021.
Please note that the Burgess Grant will only be paid to the publisher as long as the book displays the French Institute’s logo and the mention: “This book is supported by the Institut français (Royaume-Uni) as part of the Burgess programme”, so please consider the printing schedule before applying.
As part of the selection process, we will look at the way publishers intend to promote the book and its author once published – whether it be bringing the author over, setting up events with the translator or mentioning the Institut français’ support as part of any press coverage.
We will also ask for a sales report after the book has been published.
One same publisher can submit up to 5 applications a year. In case of multiple applications, please indicate an order of priority.
The Burgess grant only covers translation costs but is compatible with most of other funding programs. Please, let us know which other programs you have applied to so that we can help you best.
- quality of the text to be translated
- consistency of the file and strength of the argumentation in favour of its publication
- potential of the book for the British publishing market
- strength of the promotional actions surrounding the book publication
How to apply
Send the following documents by post to:
23 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2EL
- a copy of the French book(s)
- a catalogue and backlist (only one needed in case of multiple applications)
The following documents will have to be uploaded:
a formal letter of application and presentation of the policy on translation
a copy of the contracts with the French publisher
a copy of the contract with the translator
a proposed publicity schedule detailing how the publishers intend to publicise the author in the UK, in the run-up to, and surrounding the book’s publication
the publisher’s bank details: a copy of the top part of a bank statement with the company name, account number and Sort Code and the IBAN and BIC Code or an official document issued by the bank
Burgess Programme supervisor
0207 073 1303