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Application Guidelines

The deadline for applications for fellowships to be awarded in 2022 is Monday, October 3, 2022. All applications must be completed and letters of recommendation submitted to the Society by this date.

The BSA uses Kaleidoscope to manage applications to our programs, and all candidates and recommenders are required to submit materials through that website. Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  1. Project title
  2. Applicant’s curriculum vitae
  3. Project proposal of no more than 1,000 words
  4. Project budget
  5. Project timeline
  6. A list of materials to be consulted.
  7. Two letters of recommendation submitted via Kaleidoscope. The committee will not accept letters of recommendation by any other means.

The fellowship committee will match proposed projects to suitable fellowships, and the awards will be announced at the annual meeting of the Society in January of each year. 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.

We regret that we cannot consider late or incomplete applications. Applicants are advised to request recommendation letters well in advance.

Recommenders: What to Expect

If you are submitting a recommendation on behalf of a Fellowship applicant you will receive an automated message from Kaleidoscope prompting you to set up an account and submit your materials through their website. If you do not receive such an email check your junk or spam folder. You can also email for tech support.

Letters of recommendation should be written specifically in support of this application by persons who are competent to judge the significance of the project.


With the exception of The BSA-Harry Ransom Center Pforzheimer Fellowship in Bibliography, eligibility is limited to:

  1. US Citizens and Residents
  2. Citizens of other nations without US residency who wish to conduct research outside of the United States only

The BSA-Harry Ransom Center Pforzheimer Fellowship is open to non-US residents who wish to conduct research at the Harry Ransom Center, which will sponsor their visas and assist with the visa application process.

All fellowships except for the BSA-Harry Ransom Center Pforzheimer Fellowship are open applications from research pairs or groups. Special instructions for joint or group applications are provided in the application form.

For more information, please contact the BSA Fellowship program at

Start your Fellowship application on Kaleidoscope on June 1.

Start your application for a Pantzer Senior Fellowship only here.

We advise applicants to start early and alert recommenders
well in advance of the October 3, 2022 deadline.