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Two categories of scholarships are available to applicants who have not yet had the opportunity to attend Rare Book School: those decided by the RBS Scholarship Committee and those conducted through partner organizations. The deadline for 2012 Scholarship Application materials is 15 October 2012. Please contact RBS by calling the main office or sending an email to applyrbs@gmail.com.

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. Participation in the scholarship program implies acceptance of the scholarship. See our Terms and Conditions.

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 2012 must be claimed by 31 January 2015).

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.


Application process for awards selected by the RBS Scholarship Committee

To apply to any of the above scholarships, please submit an RBS scholarship application by the 15 October deadline. By submitting an RBS scholarship application, you will be considered for all of the awards for which you are eligible. Participation in the scholarship program implies acceptance of the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

The current Scholarship Committee comprises:

Gerald Cloud, chair (Clark Librarian, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles); Ian Desai (Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer, South Asian Studies and History, Yale University); Andrew Gaub (Associate, Bruce McKittrick Rare Books); Jennifer Lowe (Rare Book Librarian, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University); Amanda Nelsen (Program Director, Rare Book School); and Jessica Pigza (Librarian, Rare Book Division, New York Public Library).


Other Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of the Northern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (NCC/ABAA), Rare Book School is pleased to announce an additional scholarship opportunity for its summer and fall courses in 2012. The NCC/ABAA is accepting 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. Applications for the George Robert Kane Scholarship program are due by 5 pm on 11 May 2012.

To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the application form (PDF) and send it to Chapter Secretary Chris Lowenstein at chris@bookhuntersholiday.com. Please contact Ms. Lowenstein with any questions or comments.

The Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship opportunity that is available to all antiquarian booksellers interested in taking Joel Silver’s course, Reference Sources for Researching Rare Books (L-25), at RBS in Charlottesville. One Tavistock Scholarship will be awarded in 2012. 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. Read more...