Rare Book School Fellowship Opportunity

The Lang Fellowship is a two-year program designed to animate humanities teaching and equip educators to enlarge their students’ historical sensibilities through bibliographically informed instruction with original historical sources. The deadline is 30 November 2020.

The fellowship includes tuition wavers for two RBS courses, an annual stipend of $1,500 for travel, housing, and other costs related to the Fellow’s RBS course attendance, and the opportunity to apply for matching funds of up to $1,000 per year of the fellowship to further the Fellow’s efforts to foster book-historical humanities teaching at their home institution.

The goal of the Lang Fellowship program is to re-seed American colleges and small universities with humanities teachers who make maximal use of special collections resources in their undergraduate courses. Fellows will take two RBS classes: an introductory course, “Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching,” required of all participants during their first year, and an elective course from the extensive RBS course offerings. RBS courses are intensive, five-day, hands-on classes about the study of and care for manuscript, print, and digital textual objects. Taught by an international faculty of experts, RBS classes are held in Charlottesville, VA, as well as at a number of our partner institutions.

Lang Fellows will also be encouraged to help make book-historical humanities teaching with original primary sources a central aspect of the local educational culture. To this end, fellows will be eligible to apply for the aforementioned matching funds of up to $1,000 per year of the fellowship to help improve their own teaching, create student-learning experiences, build book-historical culture on campus, foster book-related public outreach programs, or organize an event to raise awareness about humanities teaching with original textual artifacts.

The Lang Fellowship is open to employees of liberal arts colleges and small universities (defined as institutions which do not award earned doctorates in any field) in the United States who are:

  • full-time tenured faculty
  • full-time tenure-track faculty who have passed their third-year review, or
  • full-time library/curatorial staff members.

For more information about program details, please visit:

Inquiries about the M. C. Lang Fellowship can be directed to rbs_scholarships@virginia.edu.

RBS is committed to supporting diversity and to advancing the scholarship of outstanding persons of every race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, and socio-economic background, and to enhancing the diversity of the professions and academic disciplines it represents. We apologize for cross-posting this announcement broadly in trying to reach a broad range of eligible applicants; we would be grateful to you if you would consider passing this announcement on to anyone you know who might be interested.

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