2019 Fellowship Program Announcement
To support the mission of the Society to foster the study of books and other textual artifacts in traditional and emerging formats, and in keeping with the value which the Society places on the field of bibliography as a critical interpretative framework for understanding such artifacts, the BSA funds a number of fellowships designed to promote bibliographical inquiry and research.
Bibliographical projects may range chronologically from 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. Fellowship awards may be used to fund travel to collections and other expenses associated with research into the topic for which the award was made.
Applicants should read the fellowships title 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 and that projects in enumerative bibliography (i.e., the preparation of lists) are not supported.
The fellowship committee will match proposed projects to suitable fellowships, and the awards will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society on January 24, 2019. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and copies of any publications resulting from the project are to be sent to the BSA.
BSA Short-term Fellowships
BSA Short-term Fellowships ($3,000). These fellowships support 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.
BSA Topical Fellowships
Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study.
The BSA-Harry Ransom Center Pforzheimer Fellowship in Bibliography (two awards at $3,000 each) supports the bibliographical study of early modern books and manuscripts, 1455-1700, held in the Ransom Center’s Pforzheimer Library and in related collections of early printed books and manuscripts, including the Pforzheimer Gutenberg Bible. For more information on this fellowship click here.
The BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography ($3,000) supports the bibliographical study of printed and manuscript items 1) in the Spanish language produced during any period and in any country; or 2) in any language provided they were produced in Spain, or in its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty; or 3) the bibliographical study of book and manuscript collections in Spain, or in its overseas dominions during the time of Spanish sovereignty; or 4) the bibliographical study of Spanish-language book and manuscript collections during any period and in any country.
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.
The BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century ($3,000). Recipients must be a member of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the time of the award.
The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography ($3000) 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.
The Fredson Bowers award ($1,500) is a Major Grant funded jointly with the Bibliographical Society of the UK. Applicants must apply through the Bibliographical Society. Please find details here.
The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas ($3,000). The fellowship may be awarded to any scholar, whether academic or independent, whose project explores the history of print culture in the Western Hemisphere. There will be two Reese Fellowships awarded in the 2019 competition.
The Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($6,000) supports bibliographical inquiry as well as research in 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.
Applications are due 1 December of each year. Applications should include the following components:
- Application form
- Project proposal of no more than 1000 words
- Applicant’s curriculum vitae
- Two signed letters of recommendation on official letterhead submitted independently by referees. The two letters of recommendation must be signed and submitted independently by referees (in PDF or MS Word format) via the BSA Fellowship recommendation submission form. No other documentation will be considered by the committee.
Please format all attachments as PDF or Microsoft Word (.docx) documents, and use this form to submit your application: http://bibsocamer.org/awards/fellowships/application/
You may direct your referees to the following online form for submitting recommendations:
The application package and two supporting letters of recommendation must be received by 1 December. We regret that we cannot consider late or incomplete applications. Applicants are advised to request recommendation letters well in advance and to direct referees to the BSA site (http://www.bibsocamer.org/fellows.htm) for guidance.
For more information, please contact the chair of the Fellowship Committee at email@example.com.
2019 BSA Research Fellows
For a list of previous BSA Research Fellows and their research topics, follow this link.
Caroline Barta, University of Texas at Austin: “Kitchen Literature: A Biography of the Cookbook” (Pine Tree Fellowship in Culinary Bibliography)
Ainoa Castro Correa, Universidad de Salamanca: “The Book Before The Book” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)
Hwisang Cho, Emory University: “Writing in Squares: The Eurasian Nexus in Korean Buddhist Textuality” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)
Stephanie Frampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: “Cicero’s Library: The Roman Book and the Making of the Classics” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)
Rodney Kite-Powell, Tampa History Center: “Collectors’ Bias in Assembling a Map Collection” (Charles J. Tannenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography)
Carson Koepke, Yale University: “The Role of Tironian Notes in Early Medieval Educational Culture” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)
Eric Lamore, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez: “Abigail Field Mott’s 1829 Abridged Edition of Oluadah Equiano’s Interesting Narrative: A Critical Edition” (Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in America)
Jill Falcon Mackin, Edna Manitowabi, & Tasha Beeds, Montana State University: “Anishinaabe Movement Through a Sacred Landscape: Red Sky’s Birchbark Scrolls” (Charles J. Tannenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography and the Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in America)
Matthew da Mota, University of Toronto: BSA-Rare Book School Fellowship
Megan Peiser & Emily Spunaugle, Oakland University: “Gender, Disability, and Finding Women in the Archives: Establishing the Provenance of the Marguerite Hicks Collection, 1660-1820” (BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century)
Jane Raisch, University of York: “Unmasking the First Facsimiles (1500-1800)” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)
Anna Reynolds, University of Oxford & University of York: “Binding Waste in Early Modern England” (Katherine F. Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography & The British Book Trades)
Lorenzo di Tommaso, Concordia University: “Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius in Medaeval Spain” (Pine Tree Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography)
Janet Tyson, : “A Curious Undertaking: The Collaborative Making of a Herbal in Georgian Britain” (Katherine F. Pantzer Junior Fellowship in Bibliography & The British Book Trades)
Andrea Van Leerdam, Utrecht University: “Woodcuts as reading aids: Illustrations and knowledge transfer in Netherlandish medical-astrological books, 1500-1550” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)
Caroline Wigginton, University of Mississippi: “Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Material of Early American Books” (BSA-Mercantile Library Fellowship in North American Bibliography)
Matthew Wills, University of California San Diego: “Mediating the Message: Book Culture and Propaganda in Mao’s China” (BSA Short Term Fellowship)