UT Press Fellowship Program: Deadline March 21


Application Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2011

Two publishing fellowships are being offered by the University of Texas Press for the 2011-2012 year, beginning September 1, 2011 and ending August 31, 2012.

  • The Fellowship program is designed to give one year of experience in book publishing to the most qualified applicants.
  • The 2011-2012 Fellowships are being offered in two areas of concentration, Manuscript Editorial and Design & Production. Applicants must indicate on their application which area they are applying for. The Fellowship will consist of one year of intensive training in the above departments, with exposure to and instruction in the operations of the other departments.
  • The objective of the program is to help prepare the Fellow for a career in book publishing.
  • The emphasis will be on scholarly publishing, although much of the training will apply equally well to commercial publishing.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • The University of Texas Press Publishing Fellowship is open only to alumni of the University of Texas at Austin.
  • The James A. Michener Fellowship in Publishing is open to applicants with a degree in any field of the Humanities from any accredited institution of higher education.
  • Applicants must have a strong desire to pursue a career in publishing.
  • Preference is given to applicants with advanced degrees or to those applicants who can demonstrate advanced study or work experience beyond a baccalaureate.
  • Finalists in Production & Design will be asked to present their design portfolios.
  • Finalists in Manuscript Editorial will be asked to take a copyediting test. Applicants are advised to read The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller.
  • The Fellow, before accepting the appointment, will be asked to sign a statement of understanding and intent – an understanding of the program’s purpose and procedures and the intent to complete the Fellowship year and to pursue a career in publishing.

The Training:
The training will focus on either the Manuscript Editorial or Design & Production side of publishing:

  • Manuscript Editorial will focus on document file clean-up and coding, adhering to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines, supervising freelance editors, managing author expectations, and editing for publication;
  • Design & Production will focus on book and jacket design and production,
    typesetting, and manufacturing processes.

The Fellows will work primarily with the department managers, but throughout the year they will be exposed to the work and procedures of all departments of the Press. The Fellows will attend appropriate meetings of the staff and the Faculty Advisory Committee. Fellows are not enrolled in academic courses, and will not receive academic credit.

How to Apply:
The application can be downloaded from the University of Texas Press website at Applicants may also call to request an application by mail.


  • Completed application form
  • Résumé, max. 2 pages
  • One-page personal statement explaining your interest in the Fellowship and in publishing.

Decision Timeline:
The Director and members of the Press’s senior staff will review applications.
The Press will invite the most promising candidates to interview in April 2011.
The name of the 2011-2012 Fellows will be announced by May 31, 2011. Fellowships typically start on September 1, but that date may be flexible, depending on the needs of the department.

The Fellow will receive $24,000 for the year, payable as $2,000 at the end of each month of completed training. Under present laws, this award is taxable, and the University must report payments to the IRS, although no withholding will be made. The University of Texas will not be responsible for fringe benefits, other than regular staff holidays.

The Fellow will have Visiting Scholar status at the University of Texas at Austin. This status allows Fellows the opportunity to purchase student health insurance and an “A” parking permit and provides access to campus libraries. Fellows are ineligible for enrollment-related deferments on student loans.

When the Year is Finished:
At the end of the training period, the Fellow will be certified as having successfully completed the Fellowship. A few months prior to completion, the Press will notify a number of scholarly publishers of the Fellow’s impending availability and will give an assessment of his/her aptitude and accomplishments, as judged by senior members of the staff. The Fellow will also attend the annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses. At the end of the Fellowship year, the Fellow will be required to provide a personal report evaluating the experience.

Equal Opportunity:
No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity sponsored or conducted by The University of Texas System or any of its component institutions on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability.

Postal Address:

Fellowship Program
University of Texas Press
PO Box 7819
Austin, TX 78713-7819

Delivery Address:
Fellowship Program
University of Texas Press
2100 Comal Street
Austin, TX 78722

Email Address:

If you have questions, please contact:
Dreya Johannsen: (512) 232-7603

Postmark Deadline:
March 21, 2011

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