Grants & Prizes

British Museum Reading Room, 2006, UK (Diliff)

SHARP supports book history with grants and awards covering the full range from early stages of research to published books. Please consult the individual pages linked below for details on eligibility and previous awardees.

SHARP 25th-Anniversary Fellowship

An annual fellowship of US$3,000 to support book history research

Göttweig Abbey library, 2019, Austria (Jorge Royan)

Research Development Grants for BIPOC scholars

Five annual grants of US$1,000 to support research by BIPOC scholars

Science library of Upper Lusatia in Görlitz, 2013, Germany (Ralf Roletschek)

Greenspan–Rose Book History Essay Prize

An annual award selected by the editors of Book History to recognize the best essay by a graduate student published that year in the journal

Islamic library, 2005, Delhi (Jorge Royan)

SHARP Book History Book Prize

An annual award to recognize the best new book about book history

Public library, 2013, Bhutan (Beyond Access Initiative)

Award for Distinguished Achievement

A periodic award to recognized outstanding work in the field of book history by an individual, organization, or project

Seattle Public Library, 2006, US (Eric Hunt)

Lightning Grants

Periodical small grants (US$50–150) awarded to encourage global book history studies. Contact the President ( for more information.

Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Rio de Janeiro, 2019, Brazil (Donatas Dabravolskas)