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Applications Now Open for the Annual Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellowship and Travel Grant Program

15th February 2017
By Adrian Stanley

Roll up, Roll up, Applications now open for the Annual Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Fellowship and Travel Grant Program!

Calling all student and early career professionals who work in the scholarly communications and publishing industry; the SSP  Fellowship Program offers a wide range of career development and nurturing opportunities. SSP will award up to 12 fellowships at the Annual Meeting in Boston MA, May 31– June 2, 2017. Your deadline to apply is 1st March.

The current travel grant support includes reimbursement of up to US $1,300 for US domestic applicants and up to $2,000 for those coming from abroad. The fellowship extends beyond travel support, though and provides a year-long program with training opportunities, complimentary SSP membership and registrations for selected SSP events.

A notable aspect of the program is the pairing with a mentor from the publishing and library fields.

You don’t need to take my word for it though that this is something worth applying for! Hear first hand what two of SSP’s previous last years Fellows said about the program:

“The SSP Fellowship was a game-changer for me, not only was I able to attend the SSP annual meeting, but I had the incredible experience of being mentored by Adrian Stanley, who has spared no effort in bringing me into various circles in the field.,”  says current fellow, UBC Student and Managing Director of STEM Fellowship Journal, Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari. “I couldn’t me more grateful for the amazing opportunities that this fellowship has made possible!”.

Isabel Thompson, Market Analyst at OUP noted:

“Being one of the Fellows has been an even better experience than I had hoped it would be – I can’t recommend the program enough! I applied because I really wanted to become more involved in the industry, but you don’t just learn what you’d expect; while finding out about the latest developments in scholarly communications (I’ve learned so much that’s been useful in my current role), getting career/industry insights from a mentor, and making connections through joining a committee etc are all part of the deal, it’s been the unexpected things that have really made it. I have to say I simply had no idea that there was such a warm and open community out there until being lucky enough to go to the Annual Meeting, and I’ve made some wonderful friends through the experience who have inspired and supported me in all sorts of opportunities since. The program is a great springboard – you have the chance to broaden your perspective, learn new skills, meet some amazing people, and be inspired by new ideas. Lastly, it’s a great opportunity to become part of a community that really wants to make things better. If you’re even considering applying, you’re probably the sort of person who would get a huge amount from the experience, so just go for it! See you in Boston this summer?”

For more information on the program and application process, visit The deadline to send in your applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.


Photo caption: SSP 2016 Class of Fellows and Mentors together at the SSP Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

About SSP – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a non-profit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field.

Adrian Stanley is Vice President of Publisher Business Development at Digital Science, as well as being on SSP’s Professional Development Committee, and Co-Chair of SSP’s local Philadelphia Chapter meetings.


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