Bibliographical Society

Battestin Fellowships

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia is pleased to announce its sixth round of Battestin Fellowships, a program of summer fellowships in bibliographical and textual studies, named in honor of Martin Battestin, former 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 research in the collections of the UVa Library by UVa graduate students, 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 2018.

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.

Please note: these fellowships do not support projects of enumerative bibliography (i.e. the preparation of lists).

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

Students interested in applying for a Battestin Fellowship are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the profile of the BSUVA and the fellowship guidelines at

Applications are due February 1, 2018, and should consist of the following:  an application (available at, a project proposal of no more than 1,000 words, the applicant’s Curriculum Vitae, and two signed letters of recommendation.

Questions about the Battestin Fellowships should be sent to Anne Ribble at

Winners will be announced at the Society’s Annual Meeting on March 23, 2018.