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each year invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present twenty-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in New York City in late January.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 texts as material objects (print or manuscript). 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.

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 at the beginning of their careers. Candidates should submit in the form of a single PDF file: 1) a letter of application describing their interest in bibliography and incorporating an abstract of no more than 250 words for their proposed project; 2) a curriculum vitae. In addition, all candidates should request that a confidential letter of recommendation be sent in support of their application. (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.