In keeping with the central value the Bibliographical Society of America places on bibliography as a critical framework, the Society funds a number of fellowships to promote inquiry and research in books and other textual artifacts in both traditional and emerging formats.
Bibliographical projects may range chronologically from the study of clay tablets and papyrus rolls to contemporary literary texts and born-digital materials. Topics relating to books and manuscripts and material texts of all kinds in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration as long as they include analysis of the physical object – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact – as historical evidence.
Full details on fellowship opportunities offered, eligibility requirements, and the application process are available on the BSA website.
Awards range from $2,500 to $6,000. A list of past Fellowship winners and their projects is also available on the BSA website.
And for the New Scholars Program:
The BSA New Scholars Program – Deadline September 3, 2021
The Bibliographical Society of America’s New Scholars Program promotes the work of scholars new to bibliography, broadly defined to include the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of all textual artifacts. This includes manuscript, print, and digital media, from clay and stone to laptops and iPads.
The New Scholars award is $1,000, with a $500 travel stipend. Three awards are made each year as part of a two-pronged program:
New Scholars present fifteen-minute talks on their current, unpublished bibliographical research during a program preceding the Society’s Annual Meeting, held each January.
Expanded versions of New Scholars’ papers are submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (PBSA) for publication, subject to peer review.
The committee strongly encourages applications from those who have not previously published, lectured, or taught on bibliographical subjects. Bibliographical scholarship pursuing new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media, is welcome. Guided by the Society’s Equity Action Plan, the committee also welcomes submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives.
For more details on the New Scholars program, including eligibility and application information, please visit the BSA website and watch the 2020 information session recording on YouTube.