Rare Book School is now accepting applications for its scholarships and fellowships. As we look forward to sharing our 2023 schedule of in-person and online courses later this year, we hope you and your colleagues will consider some of the many forms of support we offer:
Each year, RBS awards some 40 scholarships to new and returning students, with special consideration given to applicants with demonstrable financial need, as well as applicants early in their careers who represent underserved communities (or whose institutions do so). Everyone is welcome to apply. Scholarships are awarded in January and may be redeemed within two calendar years. Most scholarships cover tuition for one in-person course, or for either one 22-hour online course or two short online courses.
Deadline: 1 November
Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography: Junior Fellows Program
The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography is now inviting applications for its 2023–25 cohort of Junior Fellows. This program offers unique professional development opportunities for early career, U.S.-based scholars working across disciplines to advance the study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects. Fellows attend two RBS courses, participate in one bibliographical field school, and receive funding to organize a symposium at their home institution.
Deadline: 18 November
M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources
The M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources is now accepting applications for its fourth cohort. This two-year program is designed to animate humanities teaching by equipping educators to inculcate wonder in their students by enlarging the students’ understanding of original historical sources. Lang Fellows take two RBS courses and learn how to use special collections resources to teach undergraduates to understand and interpret textual historical objects as evidence of the people and cultures that produced them, and those that have encountered them since. Fellows are encouraged to enlist others on and near their campuses who could help create a community of practice (using available matching funds), so that book-historical humanities teaching with original primary sources is not merely a matter of individual preference, but a central aspect of the local educational culture. Librarians, faculty, and staff instructing undergraduates at small universities and liberal arts colleges in the U.S. are eligible to apply.
Deadline: 1 December
The scholarship and fellowship resources offered by RBS can create opportunities for students to attend engaging courses, such as:
- “Why Black Bibliography Matters” taught by Kinohi Nishikawa of Princeton University
- “The History of the Book in China” taught by Soren Edgren
- “Spanish American Textualities to c.1820” taught by Hortensia Calvo, Christine Hernandez & Rachel Stein of Tulane University’s Latin American Library
- “Fragmentology” taught by Lisa Fagin Davis of the Medieval Academy of America
RBS supports the study of bibliography and the history of books and printing and related subjects. At various times during the year, RBS offers about 40 five-day, non-credit courses on topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections. Offerings now include a selection of online courses. Find more information at https://rarebookschool.org.