The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) invites applications for the Emerging Scholar Prize. The Prize promotes the work of a researcher who is beginning his or her career in the fields of book history and bibliography broadly defined, including the study of the creation, production, publication, distribution, transmission, history, and uses of printed books, manuscripts, or electronic texts. Preference will be given to topics with a Canadian dimension.
The recipient of the BSC Emerging Scholar Prize will be invited to deliver a paper at the Society’s annual conference. A revised, article-length version of the paper will be published in The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada / Cahiers de la Société bibliographique du Canada, subject to peer review. A grant of $500 accompanies the Prize and may be used to help the recipient attend the annual conference or to meet costs associated with research. The recipient will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in the BSC.
Students of any nationality enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program (e.g., MA, PhD, MLIS) are eligible, as is anyone who has completed such a program within the last two years from date of convocation. Individuals holding tenure track/continuing appointments are ineligible, as are members of the BSC Award Committee, BSC Fellowship Committee, and the BSC Council. There are no restrictions regarding the topic of research so long as it relates to some aspect of bibliography or book history.
Applicants must submit the following documents electronically in English or in French, in a single PDF file in the following order:
- A one-page cover letter that explains the applicant’s interest in and suitability for the prize;
- A brief CV (max. three pages);
- An abstract (max. 750 words, incl. bibliography) of the proposed paper;
- Proof of student status or of graduation within the past two years (copy of diploma, copy of student identification, or official or unofficial transcript).
As well, one confidential letter of reference should be emailed directly by the referee. The letter may be sent as text or an attachment, but it must include the referee’s contact information and any institutional affiliation.
All application materials, including letters of reference, should be sent to Chris Young, Chair, BSC Awards Committee, email@example.com,, by December 9, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Paper submissions will not be accepted. The recipient will be announced in February 2017.
Additional information about the award and the BSC can be found at: www.bsc-sbc.ca/en/fellowships.html