Join the Accessible Books Consortium – Three Fellowships have opened for 2019!

March 4, 2019

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations specialized agency, and its partners created the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) in 2014 to help implement the Marrakesh Treaty at a practical level.

WIPO has established three fellowships to assist with ABC activities, which will provide Fellows with experience to strengthen their knowledge and competence in their field. WIPO is now accepting applications for 2019.

ABC team meeting in 2018 with International Publisher Association President and Vice-President. (Photo: WIPO/Berrod)

ABC seeks to increase the number of books in accessible formats - such as braille, audio, e-text, large print – and to make them available to people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled (“the print disabled”). ABC activities include the management of the ABC Global Book Service (“the Service”), a centralized database allowing for the international exchange of accessible books amongst organizations serving people who are print disabled, known as Authorized Entities (“AEs”), as well as through training and technical assistance provided for the production of accessible format books in developing and least developed countries.

The next few years will be an intensive period, with the accelerated recruitment of AEs around the world to join the Service, the integration of their catalogues in the ABC database, the development of new application functions, as well as an expansion of technical assistance projects with partner AEs in developing and least developed countries.

Requirements and application form

If you are interested in the fellowships, please read the attached requirements PDF, Fellowhips requirements carefully and complete the attached application form PDF, Fellowhips application form | DOC, Fellowhips application form.

How to apply?

Interested candidates should send the following documents to ABC.Fellows@wipo.int by Monday, March 25, 2019, before 6:00 p.m. Geneva time:

  • the application form; PDF, Fellowhips application form | DOC, Fellowhips application form
  • a covering letter, expressing your interest in the fellowship; and
  • a curriculum vitae (résumé).