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About BSA Fellowships

In keeping with the central value the Society places on bibliography as a critical framework, the BSA 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 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.

Projects may include establishing a text or studying the history of book or manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading, and the history of bibliographical study itself. Fellowship awards may be used to fund travel to collections and other expenses associated with research, publication, or other scholarly outcomes related to the topic for which the award was made. Projects that are primarily enumerative (lists) will be considered for funding provided the proposal states a clear objective, describes the need for such work within its field, and specifies the extent to which textual objects will be described. Sample entries for project results are also welcome, if applicable.

For projects that involve significant computer applications or use of digital surrogates, the proposal must explain how the digital analysis relates to the researcher’s examination and study of original artifacts. Projects that rely wholly on digital surrogates without prior analysis of original materials will not be funded.

Normally, BSA fellowships support research and are not intended to fund time spent writing. Exceptionally, during the 2022 and 2023 cycles, when Covid-19 when restrictions on travel may still be in effect, the Committee will consider proposals for writing projects based on prior bibliographical research.

Projects involving more than one researcher are eligible for consideration if they meet the criteria described above. Detailed instructions for group applications are offered in the application form.

Applicants should read the fellowship titles and descriptions below to assess the general suitability of their projects to BSA’s program. Please note that individuals who have not received BSA fellowships in the previous five years will be given preference.


 

How to Apply

Information about the application process for all BSA Fellowships, including eligibility requirements, and links to the application forms, is available on a separate page on our website:

Apply for a Fellowship

Fellowship Opportunities

BSA Short-term Fellowships ($3,000) support bibliographical research that focuses on the physical aspects of textual artifacts as historical evidence.  Such artifacts, both tangible and digital, in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration.  Projects may include studying the history of textual production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading.  Projects to establish a text are also eligible.

The Fredson Bowers Award ($1,500) is funded jointly with the Bibliographical Society of the UK where it is a Major Grant.  Applicants must apply through the Bibliographical Society (UK).

Topical Fellowships

British Book Trades

The Katharine F. Pantzer Senior Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($6,000) supports research by a senior scholar engaged in bibliographical inquiry into the history of the book trades and publishing history 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.  This fellowship is intended for senior scholars who have a documented record of research and publication in the field.  Funded by a bequest from Katharine F. Pantzer.

British Book Trades

The Katharine Pantzer Junior Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($3,000) supports bibliographical inquiry into the history of the book trades and publishing history 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 special emphasis on descriptive bibliography.  This fellowship is intended for early-career scholars.  Funded by a bequest from Katharine F. Pantzer. Apply through the BSA.

Cartography

The Charles J. Tanenbaum 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.  Funded by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. Apply through the BSA.

Culinary Arts

The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Culinary Bibliography ($3,000) supports the bibliographical study of printed and manuscript cookbooks (once commonly known as receipt books); medical recipe books that also contain culinary recipes; other types of books, manuscript, and printed material that include a substantial body of culinary recipes; treatises on and studies of gastronomy; or memoirs, diary accounts, or descriptions of food and cooking.  Projects may cover any period or country.  Funded by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. Apply through the BSA.

Early Books and Manuscripts

The BSA-Harry Ransom Center Pforzheimer Fellowship in Bibliography (two awards, $3,000 each) supports the bibliographical study of medieval and early modern books and manuscripts held in the Ransom Center’s Pforzheimer Library and its other wide-ranging collections. International and non-US residents are welcome to apply for this fellowship. For more information on this fellowship and to learn more about the Ransom Center, see the Ransom Center’s website. Application is via the BSA’s Kaleidoscope page.

The Eighteenth-Century

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

Hispanic World

The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography ($3,000) supports the bibliographical study of printed and manuscript items or the bibliographical study of book and manuscript collections

1) in the Spanish language in any period or country, or

2) in any language but produced or located in Spain or its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty.  Funded by the Pine Tree Foundation of New York. Apply through the BSA.

North America

The BSA-St. Louis Mercantile Library Fellowship ($3,000) supports research 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.  Non-traditional and innovative projects will be especially welcome and encouraged.  Funded by the St. Louis Mercantile Library. Apply through the BSA.

Western Hemisphere

The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas ($3,000) may be awarded to any scholar, whether academic or independent, whose project explores the history of print culture in the Western Hemisphere.  Funded by the William Reese Company. Apply through the BSA.

Fellowships for Applicants from Specified Groups

Black Bibliographers

The Dorothy Porter Wesley Fellowship ($3,000) supports bibliographical study conducted by a Black individual. Building on the Society’s commitment to expanding the representation of scholars of all backgrounds and identities, this short-term fellowship may be used to pursue bibliographical research in any field and of any period.  Projects may include studying the history of book or manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading.  Projects to establish a text are also eligible.  The fellowship honors the life and work of Dorothy Porter Wesley (1905-1995), an accomplished Black bibliographer and librarian, an active member of the Society, and author of the influential 1945 PBSA article “Early American Negro Writings.”  Funded by Bruce and Mary Crawford and Barbara A. Shailor in memory of Dorothy Porter Wesley. Apply through the BSA.

Early Career Collections Professionals

The BSA Peck-Stacpoole Fellowship for Early Career Collections Professionals ($3,000) supports bibliographical research by conservators, curators, librarians, and others who are responsible for institutional collections of textual artifacts, at early stages of their careers. Apply through the BSA.

Midwestern Bibliographers

The Caxton Club Fellowship for Midwestern Bibliographers ($3,000 and a one-year membership in both the Caxton Club and the BSA) supports bibliographical research that focuses on the physical aspects of books or manuscripts as historical evidence.  Books and manuscripts in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration.  Projects may include studying the history of book or manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading.  Projects to establish a text are also eligible.  Studies of enumerative bibliographies and enumerative bibliographies are also eligible as long as they meet the requirements described above.  Applicants must live in one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Apply through the BSA.

Rare Book School Attendees

The BSA-Rare Book School Fellowship funds tuition for one first-year attendee each year at any course offered by Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville or another location, with an additional grant for travel or housing expenses.  Candidates must apply on the Rare Book School website’s scholarship page. Apply through the BSA.


 

2022 BSA Fellowship Award Winners

2022 Fellowship Winners

Rose Byfleet, University of London (Birkbeck College), “‘Libri profumati’: Caterina Sforza and the origin of perfume at the Medici fonderia”, The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Culinary Bibliography

Lindsey Eckert, Florida State University, “Odious! in boards’: Byron, John Murray, and Binding Poetry”, The Katharine Pantzer Junior Fellowship in the British Book Trades

Emily Floyd, University College London, “Jesuits, Saints, and Regional Exchange: Eighteenth-Century Printing in Quito”, The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas

Laura Helton, University of Delaware, “Black Lyric Bibliography: Catherine Latimer’s Poetry and Songs Index”, BSA Short Term Fellowship

Sarah Heying, University of Mississippi, “Jewelle Gomez’s Speculative Archive of Queer Afro-Indigenous Vampire Mythology”, The BSA-St. Louis Mercantile Library Fellowship

Tom Hillard, Boise State University, “Sally Sayward Wood: A Bibliographical Study and Critical Edition”, The BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Renske Hoff, Utrecht University, “Between making and using: the performativity and functionality of Dutch ‘hybrid books’ around the turn of the sixteenth century”, BSA Short Term Fellowship

Charles Johanningsmeier, University of Nebraska at Omaha, “American Literature Goes Global: Tauchnitz’s ‘Collection of British and American Authors'”, The Caxton Club Fellowship for Midwestern Bibliographers

Sara Johnson, University of California San Diego, “Moreau de Saint-Méry: A Slaveholding Bibliophile”, The Dorothy Porter Wesley Fellowship

Matilde Malaspina, University of Copenhagen, “Escritos de mano, de muy mala letra’: A study of the rough copy of Hernando Colón’s Libro de los Epítomes“, The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography

Vaibhav Singh, University of Reading, “Lithography in nineteenth century Marathi printing and publishing”, BSA Short Term Fellowship

Maria Beliaeva Solomon, University of Maryland, “Recovering the Revue des colonies (1834-1842): the first French periodical for and by people of color”, BSA Short Term Fellowship

Saeko Suzuki, University of British Columbia, “The Representation of a Woman in Woodblock-Print Illustrated Books: A Political Device in Mid-Nineteenth Century Japan”, The BSA Peck-Stacpoole Fellowship for Early Career Collections Professionals

Roberto Chauca Tapia, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), “A River of Names”, The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography

Krystle Trevisan, Anna Scala, & Marco Palma, various institutions, “Incunabula in Malta”, The BSA Peck-Stacpoole Fellowship for Early Career Collections Professionals

 

For a list of previous BSA Research Fellows and their research topics, follow this link.