The International Publishing Fellowship 2023 cohort at the British Library. ©

British Council. Photographer Anthony Charlton

About the opportunity

We are looking to work with an evaluation consultant to assess the outcomes and impact of the first two editions of the International Publishing Fellowship (IPF). The IPF is our flagship publishing programme which supports the professional development of the next generation of publishing leaders.  The purpose of the assessment is to tell the story of the impact of the programme thus far, learn from previous editions to develop the next edition of the programme and create template evaluation tools to use in future editions of the programme. The deadline to apply is 24 January 2024.

About the International Publishing Fellowship

The International Publishing Fellowship is the British Council’s flagship publishing programme which supports the professional development of the next generation of publishing leaders. Each edition is a year-long programme which consists of online seminars designed to share insights into specific aspects of the UK and international publishing sectors and reciprocal study trips for building valuable networks. The focus of each Fellowship is evidence based and delivered in partnership with UK and international industry leaders.

The Fellowship enables the next generation of publishing leaders to become more internationally fluent, expand their networks and grow their business abroad. They are exposed to new models and ways of working which when applied back in the UK, benefit their own company and the UK sector as a whole. As a result of previous editions, we have seen an increase in rights sales, translations and new publications as well as individual promotions in recognition of the knowledge gained during the programme.

Each Fellowship focuses on a different market and often this may be in countries where established links are not yet fully developed. Previous editions have explored Georgia, Turkey and Ukraine (2019/20) and most recently we focussed on India (2022-23). We are conducting research into the next edition which will be launched in 2024 and will focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.


The budget for this work is up to £5000, including VAT. This is based on an assumption of 14-16 working days at a rate between £300-350 per day.

Qualifications required

The Supplier must be able to demonstrate:

• Track record of similar type of consultancy experience in monitoring and evaluation (essential)

• Experience of having provided consultancy for the arts and/or creative sectors (essential)

• Experience of conducting M&E on international projects (desired)

• Experience of conducting M&E in the literature/publishing sector (desired)

Application and project key dates

Deadline for clarification questions (where you can ask questions about the opportunity)  18 January 2024
Deadline for submission of proposals by potential suppliers 24 January 2024 at noon, 12pm, GMT
Decision on the winning supplier 26 January 2024
Contract start date 31 January 2024
Workplan submission & first invoice 5 February 2024
Draft report submission 8 March 2024
Deliver final report & second invoice 22 March 2024

How to apply

This page shows a summarised version of the brief. For a full outline of the project, download the Request for Proposals document.

To apply, complete a Supplier Response Form and a Pricing Approach. The Supplier Response form asks you to answer a series of questions, and the pricing approach covers your project budget.Suppliers must submit responses to Rebecca Hart ( by noon, 12pm, GMT on 24 January 2024, and requests for clarification must be received by 18 January 2024.

We look forward to hearing from you.