Battestin Fellowship

The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia is pleased to announce the eighth round of Battestin Fellowships, a program of summer fellowships in bibliographical and textual studies, named in honor of Martin Battestin, former Professor of English at UVa, and his wife Ruthe, a literary scholar and member of the Society’s Council. The fellowships are intended to support research in the collections of the UVa Library by UVa graduate students, with an emphasis on physical or textual bibliography. Three to five Battestin Fellowships have been awarded annually since the program’s inception in 2013.

Proposals may concern books and documents in any field as long as the primary focus is the physical object (in whatever form) as historical evidence. Potential fellowship topics include studies in the history of book production, publication, distribution, reception, or reading; the history of collecting or bibliographical scholarship; and the tracing of a work’s textual history or the establishment of its text from the extant witnesses. Projects that incorporate the application of digital methodologies to the study of books and documents, and their texts, are also encouraged.


The awards are limited to current graduate students who will be continuing their graduate studies at UVA in the following fall semester.


early February

Application Materials

  1. Application form (available here
  2. Project Proposal of no more than 1000 words
  3. Two-page Curriculum Vitae
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation

More Information Available Here 

Link to Application