The Caxton Club, a local organization of bibliophiles, will award two scholarships of up to $2,500 (each) to eligible graduate students for book-related projects to be completed during academic year 2010-2011.
The criteria for applications (due Monday, May 3, 2010) follow:
1. Applicants should have demonstrable interest in the history of the book, book arts, literary studies, or library studies and must be enrolled in a Chicago area graduate program in one of the following areas:
Literary studies with specific relation to print culture
History of the book
Library workers and other professionals seeking additional training in book history or book arts fields are encouraged to apply.
2. Applicants must supply a brief statement of interest (one page) outlining the title and description of the project or work for which support is sought and must include:
Relevance of the project to the Caxton Club’s mission*
Material or samples of supporting work (these items will be available for pickup on May 20, 2010
Reason scholarship is needed
Contact information for applicant including phone, address, and e-mail
Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with completed application from faculty members or direct supervisory staff. These letters should include:
Description of talent of nominee
Attestation to character of nominee
Length of time known by recommender
Any significant details that enhance personal details
3. Criteria for judging will include:
Quality of application
Appropriateness of the proposed project to Caxton Club
Recognition of limited funding available
Projects in book arts (collecting, preserving, publishing, binding, etc)
4. Deadline for application materials is Monday, May 3, 2010. Notification of award letters will be sent on May 20, 2010, following confirmation of winners by the Caxton Club Council.
5. Award presentations will be made September 15, 2010 at the first Caxton meeting for the 2010-11 year. Club members will meet the winning student(s), and winners will have a chance to personalize the investment of the Club.
6. Winners may be asked to present a report of their experiences and activities at a program near the end of 2011. Entrants acknowledge, by the act of submitting their application, the right of the Caxton Club to reproduce photographs of physical objects or quotations from written material submitted in support of the application.
*The Caxton Club’s purpose is the literary study and promotion of the arts pertaining to the production of books. Within the scope of such object may come arranging for lectures and exhibitions, and the occasional publishing of books, offered and designed to illustrate and support the object of the Club.
Send applications to:
The Caxton Club
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
Direct questions to Martha Chiplis at 312-375-5947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.