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Rare Book School Fellowship Program at the University of Virginia


Deadline: 2016-04-01 (UVa Internal)

Thanks to a generous grant made possible by The Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Association, Rare Book School (RBS) invites students at the University of Virginia to apply for a fellowship designed to enhance UVA student research employing special collections, including written, printed, and born-digital materials. The RBS-UVA Fellowship Program provides UVA undergraduate and graduate students with scholarships to attend RBS’s celebrated courses on the history of books and printing—classes that are not available through UVA course offerings. The program introduces Fellows and their faculty sponsors to visiting peers and professionals in a dynamic environment that fosters hands-on collaborative research and interdisciplinary learning. The RBS-UVA Program not only provides Fellows with new tools and methods for engaging with primary source materials, it also publishes the scholarship of its participants (via its highly visited website), thereby providing other students with aspirational models of scholarly work and intellectual achievement. Undergraduate and graduate students attend seminars at RBS that directly inform year-long projects (viz., a Distinguished Major’s thesis, a scholarly article, a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, a public exhibit) that they are undertaking. Once accepted to the program, Fellows: • prepare readings for the RBS course to which they have been accepted; • attend an RBS course offered during 2012 (most RBS courses are offered at UVA in June and July). During their year in the program, Fellows and their UVA faculty sponsors will continue to participate in the program through: • visits to RBS and consultation with RBS faculty and staff during the conduct of their research; • the submission of final projects for the Fellows’ interactive module on the RBS website; • the program’s annual forum and awards luncheon; • the completion of a year-end evaluation of the program.


Candidates apply to the program during the spring semester. To be eligible for the program, candidates must gain admission to an RBS course, and they must be enrolled at UVA through the spring of the following academic year. Students cannot apply to the program during the same academic year in which they are graduating.


One year, including a course at RBS during one week in the summer and work on a project during the following fall and spring semesters.


Fellows attend a course at RBS for free (tuition is currently $1,295 or $1,395, depending on the course) and receive a $250 stipend. In addition, the program will award a $500 prize to the most distinguished project from each cohort.

Application Process

To apply to the program, students must: • submit a proposal to attend an RBS course that will substantially inform a year-long project (viz., a Distinguished Major’s thesis, an article, a dissertation chapter, a conference paper, an exhibition); • secure a letter of recommendation from a UVA faculty member who has agreed to sponsor the project; and • complete a standard application to RBS, turning it in along with the proposal and letter of recommendation, plus a c.v. Accepted applicants will attend a week-long course at RBS, and will submit a final project to RBS for publication to its website.

Learn More

To view a course schedule, please visit For more details regarding the RBS-UVA Fellowship Program, see: or contact RBS Program Director Amanda Nelsen at