Rare Book School Scholarship and Fellowship applications open!

Rare Book School is now accepting applications for its 2020 scholarship and fellowship cycle. 

The deadline for RBS-awarded scholarships is Sunday, 1 November 2020. Scholarship applicants will be considered for all of the RBS-awarded scholarships for which they are eligible, including the new Access 2021 Scholarship. Created for use in the summer of 2021, this scholarship is intended to ensure that RBS courses are accessible to students who wish to attend, but whose usual professional development funds will be greatly limited or unavailable. More than 100 awards will be distributed for this scholarship!  For more information, visit https://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/scholarships/

Rare Book School’s Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) invites applications for its 2021–23 cohort of Junior Fellows. The deadline is Monday, 2 November 2020. Continuing the work of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Critical Bibliography (2012–17), this scholarly society works to advance the study of texts, images, and artifacts as material objects through capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship—and to enrich humanistic inquiry and education by identifying, mentoring, and training promising early-career scholars. Junior Fellows will be encouraged and supported in integrating the methods of critical bibliography into their teaching and research, fostering collegial conversations about historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions, and sharing their knowledge with broader publics. For more information, visit https://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/fellowships/sofcb/

The M. C. Lang Fellowship in Book History, Bibliography, and Humanities Teaching with Historical Sources invites applications for its second cohort, due 30 November 2020. This fellowship is a two-year program designed to animate humanities teaching and equip educators (both library/curatorial staff and tenure or tenure-track faculty) to enlarge their students’ historical sensibilities through bibliographically informed instruction with original historical sources. Open to faculty and librarians at liberal arts colleges and small universities in the United States, this fellowship program will teach teachers how to discern and convey the human presences in original textual artifacts––and to inculcate wonder in their students through guided contact with original textual artifacts. For more information, visit https://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/fellowships/lang/

Applications for the second cohort of The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage are also due 30 November 2020. This three-year fellowship aims to advance multicultural collections through innovative and inclusive curatorial practice and leadership. Fifteen new fellows who identify with diverse racial or ethnic communities and/or who work primarily with collections that document minority, immigrant, and non-Western cultural traditions will be selected for the 2021–2023 cohort. The fellowship will seek to fulfill four core goals: 1) developing skills for documenting and interpreting visual and textual materials in special collections and archives; 2) raising awareness within professional communities about the significance of inclusive, multicultural collections, including their promotion, development, and stewardship; 3) building connections with diverse communities and publics through strategic programming, outreach, and advocacy; and 4) advancing careers for establishing new pathways and skills for professional growth. For more information, visit https://rarebookschool.org/admissions-awards/fellowships/mellon-diversity/

You can find more information about these scholarships and fellowships, including application instructions, by clicking on the links above. Please direct any questions to rbs_scholarships@virginia.edu

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