Scholarships

Two main categories of scholarships are available: those awarded by Rare Book School and those conducted through partner organizations. Applications for the next cycle of RBS-awarded scholarships will be available in early September 2015. Participation in the scholarship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.


RBS Scholarships for First-Time Students

The following scholarships are available for those who have not yet had the opportunity to attend Rare Book School. Applications for the 2015 cycle will be available in early September.

RBS Scholarship Committee Awards

There are several types of scholarships awarded by the RBS Scholarship Committee each fall, all of which are conducted through a single application process. Applicants who submit a completed application by the 15 October deadline will be considered for all of the awards for which they are eligible. Scholarships are awarded without reference to admission to any particular course. Once a student is admitted to an RBS course, the scholarship award may be redeemed.

Scholarships are awarded in the fall and take effect in January. Scholarship recipients must claim their award within two years (e.g., scholarships awarded in December 2015 must be claimed by 31 December 2017).

The RBS Scholarship Committee members only consider applications from those who seek to attend RBS for the first time. In addition, special consideration will be given to individuals in the early stages of their professional careers. For more details about the scholarship program, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The 2015 Scholarship Committee comprises: Jennifer Lowe, chair (Rare Book Librarian, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University);Evan Davis (Associate Professor, Department of English, Hampden-Sydney College); Jeremy Dibbell (Director of Communications and Outreach, Rare Book School); Allison Jai O’Dell (Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata Librarian, University of Miami Libraries); Teri Osborn (Americana Cataloger, William Reese Company); Kyle Triplett (Librarian, Rare Book Division, New York Public Library).

The following scholarships are awarded by the RBS Scholarship Committee:

Directors’ Scholarship

  • Intended for students and professionals in all fields that intersect with RBS course content
  • Preference given to applicants early in their careers
  • Approximately twenty awards given each year

SHARP-RBS Scholarship

  • Intended for current graduate students and recent masters/Ph.D. recipients
  • Preference is given to applicants from outside the U.S.
  • One to two awards given each year

ASECS Scholarship

  • Awarded to current ASECS members who are attending RBS for the first time
  • Up to three awards given each year

Atlas Systems Scholarship

  • Awarded to a current or aspiring special collections librarian or archivist who is interested in the use of digital technologies in support of special collections librarianship
  • One award given each year

BSA-RBS Scholarship

  • Intended for students and professionals working on a bibliographical project that intersects with and could be informed by RBS course content
  • Preference given to applicants early in their careers
  • One award given each year

James Davis Scholarship

  • Awarded to an applicant who displays an especially strong record of good citizenship and stewardship in the bibliographical community
  • One award given each year

Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book

The Fath Scholarships for Artists and Artisans of the Book are open to individuals who routinely engage in hands-on work with printed artifacts, and who are ineligible for funding or financial aid through their places of work. Bookbinders, letterpress printers, graphic designers, conservators, papermakers, printmakers, type designers, and other book artists and artisans are invited to apply. Fath Scholarship awards include tuition for one RBS course, plus a stipend for travel, housing, or other course-related expenses. Scholarships are awarded without reference to admission to any particular course. Once a student is admitted to an RBS course, the scholarship award may be redeemed.

Scholarships are awarded in the fall and take effect in January. Scholarship recipients must claim their award within two years (e.g., scholarships awarded in December 2015 must be claimed by 31 December 2017).


RBS Scholarships for Returning Students

The following scholarships are available for those who have previously attended Rare Book School, including those who have received RBS scholarships in the past. Applications for the 2015 scholarship cycle will be accepted beginning in early September.

William T. Buice III Scholarship

  • Intended for returning RBS students with demonstrable financial need
  • Preference given to applicants from smaller institutions and those serving underrepresented populations
  • Approximately ten awards given each year


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Several other bibliographical organizations generously offer scholarships towards RBS course tuition. Each organization has its own criteria and selection process; however, eligibility may be contingent on admission to an RBS course. Applicants will need to refer to the providing organization’s website for full details.

ABAA Scholarship

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) maintains scholarship funds which may be applied to RBS course tuition. ABAA scholarship funds are open to full and associate members of the ABAA and employees of members. For more information, contact ABAA staff.

IOBA Scholarship

The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA) awards an annual scholarship to one of its members which may be used for Rare Book School, California Rare Book School (Los Angeles), or London Rare Books School. It does not require pre-acceptance to a specific course; members have up to 18 months to attend a program after being awarded the scholarship. The scholarship covers full tuition plus an additional stipend to offset some travel costs. For more information, contact IOBA staff.

NCC/ABAA George Robert Kane Scholarship

The Northern California Chapter of the ABAA (NCC/ABAA) accepts applications for the George Robert Kane Scholarship, which will provide funding to attend courses offered by Rare Book School, the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, or California Rare Book School (Los Angeles). These scholarships honor the memory of long-time NCC/ABAA member George Robert Kane (6 October 1913–28 November 2009) and are designed to promote professionalism and education relevant to the book trade. Please contact Chapter Secretary Chris Lowenstein at chris@bookhuntersholiday.com for more information.

Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship

The Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity that is available to all antiquarian booksellers admitted to Joel Silver’s course, Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books (L-25). One Tavistock Scholarship will be awarded each year this course is offered. Preference will be given to individuals in the early stages of their careers and to those who would not otherwise be able to attend RBS without scholarship assistance. See the scholarship page for additional details.