2017 Fellowship Program Announcement

The Society invites applications for its annual Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades as well as its annual short-term fellowships, all of which support bibliographical inquiry and research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field, but should focus on the book or manuscript (the physical object) as historical evidence. Such topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading. Thanks to the generosity of donors, certain special fellowships support research in particular areas of study. Applicants should therefore read the fellowship titles and guidelines here to determine project eligibility and fit. Please note: these fellowships do not support enumerative bibliography (i.e. the preparation of lists). Individuals who have not received support in the previous five years will be given preference. All fellowships require a project report within one year of receipt of the award, and a copy of any subsequent publications resulting from the project, to be sent to the BSA.


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 Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades ($6,000) supports research in topics relating to book production and distribution 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.

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 Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($3,000) supports bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and publishing history in Britain.

The McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography of Printing in Canada and the United States ($3,000). Funded by a gift of Donald Oresman.

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 2017 competition.

BSA Short-term Fellowships ($3,000). The Society also offers a number of unnamed, short-term fellowships supporting bibliographical research as described above.

Application Guidelines:

Applications are due 1 December of each year. Applications should include the following components:

  1. Application form
  2. Project proposal of no more than 1000 words
  3. Applicant curriculum vitae
  4. Two signed letters of recommendation on official letterhead submitted independently by referees. Letters should be submitted electronically either as a signed PDF via e-mail, or via webform. If sending via e-mail, we ask that recommenders use the subject line Recommendation for [Applicant Name] (for example, Recommendation for Chris Smith) and send their e-mails directly to the chair of the fellowship committee at: bsafellowships@bibsocamer.org. The online form for submitting recommendations can be found at: http://bibsocamer.org/awards/fellowships/recommendation/

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/

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 bsafellowships@bibsocamer.org.


2016 BSA Research Fellows

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

Hannah Alpert-Abrams, University of Texas, Austin, for “Legacies of Colonial Mexican Printing: The Taller Martin Pescador” (BSA-Pine Tree Foundation Fellowship in Hispanic Bibliography)

Giles Bergel, University of Oxford, for “A Digital Catalogue of the Charnley-Dodd Woodblocks” (Katharine Pantzer Fellowship in the British Book Trades)

Pierre Delsaerdt, University of Antwerp, for “Researching Provenance Information in the Arenberg Library, now in the Library of Congress, Washington” (BSA Short-term Fellowship)

Andrew Keener, Northwestern University, for “Staging Translation: Cosmopolitan Vernaculars in Shakespeare’s England” (BSA Short-term Fellowship)

Mike Kelly, Amherst College, for “A Bibliography of Samson Occom’s A Sermon Preached at the Execution of Moses Paul(Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas)

Adam Komisaruk, West Virginia University, for “Erasmus Darwin’s ‘The Botanic Garden’:  A Critical Edition” (BSA-ASECS Fellowship for Bibliographical Studies in the Eighteenth Century)

Zoe Langer, Brown University, for “Measuring Dante’s Inferno: Maps of Hell in Renaissance Books and Prints, 1500-1750” (Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography)

Sarah Lindenbaum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for “Reconstructing the Library and Reading Habits of Early Modern Book Collector Frances Wolfreston” (BSA Short-term Fellowship)

James Poskett, University of Cambridge, for “Printing Useful Knowledge in the Transatlantic World, 1828-1845” (McCorison Fellowship for the History and Bibliography of Printing in Canada and the United States)

Christy Pottroff, Fordham University, for “Early American Women’s Literature, Letters, and the Post Office, 1790-1865” (BSA-Mercantile Library Fellowship in North American Bibliography)

Natale Vacalebre, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, for “Books Production and Distribution Between Venice and the Papal States in the Late Sixteenth Century: The Case of Luciano Pasini” (BSA Short-term Fellowship)

J. Christopher Warner, Le Moyne College, for “Seditious Books from Across the Sea: John Fowler in the Low Countries’ Book Trade” (Katharine Pantzer Senior Fellowship in Bibliography and the British Book Trades)