New Scholars Program

The Bibliographical Society of America each year invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present fifteen-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the annual meeting of the Society, which takes place in New York City in late January.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.

Eligibility

BSA encourages applications from all who are new to bibliography, including junior (i.e., untenured) academics, graduate students at the dissertation level, members of the book trade, librarians, curators, collectors, and others of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status. BSA seeks to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity within the field, and encourages work that offers new research on previously under- or misrepresented groups or individuals.

 

How to Apply

Click Here to Apply to the New Scholars Program

The BSA uses Kaleidoscope to manage applications to our programs, and all candidates and recommenders are required to submit materials through that website. Candidates and recommenders should complete the form by September 3, 2019. This form requires:

  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 15-minute talk, to be presented at BSA’s annual meeting
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A letter of recommendation.

Applicants will be prompted to supply the name and email address for a recommender, who will provide a confidential letter of recommendation. Recommenders should be an advisor or colleague who is familiar with the project, and who can speak to how the project will make a contribution to the field of bibliography. (N.B.: Doctoral candidates should request a recommendation from their dissertation director.)

Please Note: The theme of BSA’s 2020 annual meeting will be technology. The selection committee warmly welcomes (but does not require) papers that consider technologies of the book, capaciously conceived, including studies on textual artifacts and technological processes ranging from those in the ancient world to the present day.

International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent on their ability to supply a current passport allowing for travel to the United States.

Mail-in applications and letters of recommendation are not accepted. If the application form is inaccessible to you for any reason, please contact BSA Executive Director Erin Schreiner at bsa@bibsocamer.org and she will work with you to accommodate your needs.

The application deadline for consideration in 2020 is September 3, 2019.

The Award

Those selected for the panel receive an honorarium of $500, as well as reimbursed expenses of up to $500 toward the cost of attending BSA’s 2020 annual meeting. In addition, awardees receive a complimentary one-year membership in the BSA, and may apply for travel funds to attend a subsequent BSA annual meeting within two years following their presentation to the Society.

New Scholars applications are evaluated based on their eligibility, overall completeness, and quality, as well as the strength of letters of recommendation. Instructions provided in the BSA’s New Scholars application form are intended to help applicants prepare a competitive submission.

Please note that honoraria paid to non-US citizens may be taxable, and a portion of the honorarium may be withheld for payment to the IRS. Winners of all nationalities will receive award packages with instructions on the forms required for payment.

More Information

Inquiries regarding the program may be directed to Barbara E. Heritage, Chair, New Scholars Program, at new.scholars@bibsocamer.org.

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