The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce the creation of the Emerging Scholar Prize. The Prize will be given annually starting in 2014 and will recognize and support a scholar at the beginning of her or his career who is undertaking research in bibliography, book history, or print culture. The Emerging Scholar will be invited to deliver a paper at the annual spring conference of the BSC. A revised, article-length version of the paper will be published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, subject to peer review. A grant of $500 accompanies the prize and will be used to help the recipient attend the annual conference or to meet costs associated with research.Students of any nationality enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program are eligible, as is anyone who has graduated from such a program within the last four years (from date of convocation). There are no restrictions regarding the topic of research so long as it relates to some aspect of bibliography or book history. A call for applications will be circulated in fall 2013.
The BSC Council has initiated a fundraising drive to establish the Emerging Scholar Prize. Several members of the BSC have already generously pledged their support, and we are happy to announce that more than $5,000 has been raised. In order to ensure that the Prize is viable in the long-term, we are looking to raise $25,000 to create a stable endowment. If, after a reasonable amount of time, this is not feasible, monies raised to that point will be used to fund the Prize directly. Should the Prize be terminated, remaining funds will be distributed among the Society’s fellowship and awards programs.
Please consider making a gift to the Society in support of the Emerging Scholar Prize. You may wish to use a gift to honour a friend, mentor, or colleague. Donors will be recognized on the BSC web site. Gifts are tax deductible. Cheques, made out to “Bibliographical Society of Canada” with “Emerging Scholar Prize” in the memo field, can be sent to:
The Bibliographical Society of Canada
c/o Tom Vincent
304 Olympus Avenue
Kingston, ON K7M 4T9
The Emerging Scholar Prize is an important investment in the field and in the future of our Society. Please join us in supporting it.