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The Katharine F. Pantzer Senior Fellowship in the British Book Trades

Wednesday, September 16, 2020  
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In keeping with the central value the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) places on bibliography as a critical framework, the BSA funds a number of fellowships to promote inquiry and research in books and other textual artifacts in both traditional and emerging formats. In addition to a range of Fellowships, we would like to call your attention to The Katharine F. Pantzer Senior Fellowship in the British Book Trades ($6,000).

The Pantzer Senior Fellowship supports research by a senior scholar engaged in bibliographical inquiry into the history of the book trades and publishing history in Britain during the hand-press period, as well as studies of authorship, reading and collecting based on the examination of British books published in that period, with a special emphasis on descriptive bibliography. This fellowship is intended for senior scholars who have a documented record of research and publication in the field.  Funded by a bequest from Katharine F. Pantzer.

Click here for application instructions.

The Pantzer Senior Fellowship requires a separate application form available here.

Early career scholars and others who do not yet qualify as “senior” may be interested in the Pantzer Junior Fellowship; details about this opportunity are available on our website.

Bibliographical projects may range chronologically from the study of clay tablets and papyrus rolls to contemporary literary texts and born-digital materials. Topics relating to books and manuscripts in any field and of any period are eligible for consideration as long as they include analysis of the physical object – that is, the handwritten, printed, or other textual artifact – as historical evidence.

Projects may include establishing a text or studying the history of book or manuscript production, publication, distribution, collecting, or reading, and the history of bibliographical study itself. Fellowship awards may be used to fund travel to collections and other expenses associated with research, publication, or other scholarly outcomes related to the topic for which the award was made. Projects that are primarily enumerative (lists) will be considered for funding provided the proposal states a clear objective, describes the need for such work within its field, and specifies the extent to which textual objects will be described.

Normally BSA fellowships support research and are not intended to fund time spent writing. Exceptionally, during the 2021 cycle, when Covid-19 restrictions on travel are likely, the Committee will consider proposals for writing projects based on prior bibliographical research.

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