Scholarship Terms & Conditions

Participation in the scholarship program implies acceptance of the following terms and conditions:

  1. RBS scholarships apply only to courses administered by Rare Book School, based at the University of Virginia, and are not transferable to related programs (e.g., California Rare Book School, London Rare Books School, &c.).
  2. Most RBS scholarship awards cover tuition (including deposit) for one RBS course. The recipient is responsible for any other expenses related to the acceptance of the scholarship and attendance at RBS. Some scholarships include additional funds (these are noted on the individual scholarship pages).
  3. RBS awards scholarships without reference to admission to any particular course. Admission to RBS courses is by competitive application; receiving an RBS scholarship does not guarantee admission to any particular RBS course. Recipients will have credit that they can then use to pay for any course to which they are thereafter admitted.
  4. RBS scholarships have no cash value.
  5. Scholarship awards are intended for individuals during the early years of their career in a respective field.
  6. Scholarships are awarded and take effect in early January, and are redeemable for two calendar years. Scholarship recipients must claim their awards within two years (e.g., scholarships awarded in January 2018 must be claimed by 31 December 2019). Recipients may only hold one active RBS scholarship or fellowship at any given time.
  7. The decision of all selection committees is final. Because of the large volume of applications, the committees cannot provide additional information about their decisions.
  8. All information provided in the scholarship application is confidential. RBS will not share address or contact information with third parties; however, RBS may report some personal information, such as recipient name, year of award, and course taken (e.g., on the RBS website, on grant/donor reports, &c). RBS may disclose other information provided it cannot be used to identify an applicant.
  9. It is the responsibility of scholarship recipients to notify RBS of any changes in contact information that may affect RBS’s ability to reach them during the scholarship award period. If, after a reasonable attempt, RBS is unable to contact the recipient, the recipient will forfeit the award, and may risk eligibility for future awards.
  10. If a scholarship recipient (1) misrepresents information on the application or (2) withdraws from a course less than two weeks before the course begins, the recipient will forfeit the award, and may risk eligibility for future awards.