2014 Bibliographical Society of America Fellowships

2014 Fellowship Program Announcement

Application Deadline: December 15, 2013

The BSA invites applications for its seventh annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowship program, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study. Applicants should therefore read the fellowship titles and guidelines here to determine project eligibility and fit. Please note: these fellowships do not support enumerative bibliography (i.e. the preparation of lists). Individuals who have not received support in the previous five years will be given preference. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and a copy of any subsequent publications resulting from the project, to be sent to the BSA.


The Senior Katharine Pantzer Fellowship ($6,000); Supports research in topics relating to book production and distribution in Britain during the hand-press period as well as studies of authorship, reading and collecting based on the examination of British books published in that period, with a special emphasis on descriptive bibliography.

The BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century ($3,000); Recipients must be a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the time of the award.

The BSA Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography ($3,000); Supports projects dealing with all aspects of the history, presentation, printing, design, distribution and reception of cartographical documents from Renaissance times to the present, with a special emphasis on eighteenth-century cartography.

The BSA-Mercantile Library Fellowship in North American Bibliography ($2,000). Supports scholarship in North American Bibliography, including studies in the North American book trade, production and distribution of North American books, North American book illustration and design, North American collecting and connoisseurship and North American bibliographical history in general.

The Folter Fellowship in the History of Bibliography ($2,000); Supports projects in the history and development of bibliography and/or the book trade before 1900.

The Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($2,000); Supports bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and publishing history in Britain.

The McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography of Printing in Canada and the United States: the Gift of Donald Oresman($2,000).

The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas ($2,000).

BSA General Fellowships ($2,000); The Society also offers a number of unnamed fellowships supporting bibliographical research as described above.

For full details, see: http://bibsocamer.org/fellows.htm

NOTE: This year the Society has introduced an on-line application form as a simpler alternative to e-mail or postal submission:


This page features fill-in fields for all the information contained in the traditional application form as well as buttons for electronically submitting curriculum vitae and Project Description files.

For more information, contact the Society Secretary at fellowships@bibsocamer.org

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