New Scholars Program

The Bibliographical Society of America each year invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in New York City in late January. The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to the field of bibliography, broadly defined to include any research that deals with the creation, production, publication, distribution, reception, transmission, and subsequent history of textual artifacts (manuscript, print, or digital). Papers presented by the BSA New Scholars are submitted to the editor of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America for publication, subject to peer review. In keeping with the values of the Society, the committee welcomes bibliographical scholarship pursuing new methods and new approaches, including applications from candidates applying bibliographical theory and principles to diverse materials and media. In addition, the committee welcomes scholarly submissions that embrace diverse, multicultural perspectives.

Junior (i.e., untenured) faculty and graduate students at the dissertation level are eligible, as are professional librarians, members of the book trade, and book collectors who are new to bibliography. Candidates should submit in the form of a single PDF file: 1) a letter of application describing their background in bibliography, and incorporating a short abstract for their proposed paper as well as a brief overview of their proposed 20-minute talk, to be presented at BSA’s annual meeting; 2) a curriculum vitae. In addition, all candidates should request a confidential letter of recommendation from an advisor or colleague who is familiar with the project, and who can speak to how their project will make a contribution to the field of bibliography. (N.B. Doctoral candidates should request a recommendation from their dissertation director.) For submissions to be considered for the following January, materials should be received by 27 August 2018.

Applications may be submitted online using this form:

Letters of reference should ideally be submitted using this form:

Letters of reference, if printed, should be sent to:
New Scholars Program
Bibliographical Society of America
P.O. Box 1537
Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021

New Scholars selected for the panel receive a subvention of $600 toward the cost of attendance at the annual meeting and a complimentary one-year membership in the Bibliographical Society of America. For further information on the Society, see Inquiries regarding the program may be directed to Barbara E. Heritage, Chair, New Scholars Program, at

For a list of recent BSA New Scholars and their research topics, follow this link to the Annual Meetings page on this site.