Bibliographical Society

Battestin Fellowships

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia invites applications for its fourth round of Battestin Fellowships, a program of summer fellowships in bibliographical and textual studies, named in honor of the late Martin Battestin, Emeritus Professor of English at UVa, and his wife Ruthe, a literary scholar and member of the Society’s Council.The fellowships are intended to support UVa graduate students engaged in bibliographical research in the collections of the UVa Library, with an emphasis on physical or textual bibliography.  The Society is prepared to award up to three fellowships of $3,500 each for the summer of 2016.

Proposals may concern books and documents in any field as long as the primary focus is the physical object (in whatever form) as historical evidence.  Potential fellowship topics include studies in the history of book production, publication, distribution, reception, or reading; the history of collecting or bibliographical scholarship; and the tracing of a work’s textual history or the establishment of its text from the extant witnesses.  Projects that incorporate the application of digital methodologies to the study of books and documents, and their texts, are also encouraged.

Proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis, and only students whose proposals demonstrate a need for extensive use of UVa Library collections will be considered for these awards.

The awards are limited to current UVa graduate students–that is, those who will be continuing their graduate studies at UVa in the following fall semester.

All awarded fellows are expected to spend at least two months doing research in the UVa Library collections. At the end of the research period, fellows are also asked to submit a very brief final project report to the BSUVA Council indicating how this fellowship support was used to accomplish their research goals.

Applications are due February 1, 2016. We regret that we cannot consider late or incomplete submissions.

For fellowship guidelines and an application form, click here.