The Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) invites three scholars in the early stages of their careers to present fifteen-minute papers on their current, unpublished research in the field of bibliography as members of a panel at the BSA's annual meeting, which will take place in New York City in late January of 2020.
The New Scholars Program seeks to promote the work of scholars who are new to 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). 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.
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. Papers presented by BSA New Scholars are submitted to the editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America for publication, subject to peer review.
For more about the New Scholars Program, eligibility requirements, and application procedures, see:
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 BSA's New Scholars application form are intended to help applicants prepare a competitive submission.
BSA encourages applications from academics, librarians, archivists, curators, members of the book trade, 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.
International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent on their ability to supply a current passport allowing for travel to the United States. 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.