25th-Anniversary Fellowship

Established in 2019 to celebrate a quarter century of SHARP successes, this annual research fellowship is designed to enhance SHARP’s global scope as an academic society. The fellowship provides support for SHARP members to conduct research anywhere in the world, whether to visit archives or libraries, to interview authors or publishers, to collaborate on projects that cannot be managed digitally, or to collect oral histories.

The grant will be for up to US$3,000 and may be used for travel, accommodation and direct research costs, such as photography. While it is anticipated that the recipient will most likely be an individual scholar, proposals that share the grant among two or more scholars are also acceptable.

Awardees will be expected to provide a report of approximately 1,000 words within a month of completing their fellowship. The report will be published in SHARP News.


Applications are currently closed. The next cycle will begin in the fall of 2023 for awards to be used starting July 1, 2024.


Criteria for selection include:

  • relevance of the proposed research to the aims of SHARP
  • overall quality of the proposal
  • the contribution that the fellowship support will make to the project
  • current membership in SHARP

Priority will be given to applications for research at locations that do not offer other research grants, and, all other things being equal, for research outside the OECD, as part of SHARP’s aim of enhancing internationalization.

Application process

All applications should go through our online application form. In addition to supplying contact details and a research proposal, applicants will be asked to upload a CV and to procure a letter of reference; applicants are responsible for ensuring that referees email their reference to the Director of Awards before the closing date for applications. Applicants must be a current member of SHARP at the time of application.

The selection panel is chaired by the Director of Awards and two representatives from the Board of Directors (to be nominated annually by the Board). Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by the end of the calendar year.

The 2022 awardee

Chiara Betti (Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and the Bodleian Libraries)

This fellowship will support research on the manufacture and use of 17th- and 18th-century printing plates and the production of books during that time. The fellowship will allow Betti to conduct material analyses and high-resolution imaging at the Engineering Department at Oxford. Using the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Betti will map the crystallography of the plates (i.e., the structure of the metal), showing for the first time in print studies how the composition of copper plates changed throughout the centuries. By X-raying the plates, this project will also identify potential conservation issues such as crack and corrosion causes that might go otherwise unnoticed.

Previous awardees


Dipanjan Maitra (The State University of New York at Buffalo)

This award will support researching into the role of press-cutting agencies in building a transnational information network that contributed to the composition, production and distribution of literary modernism. Press-cutting agencies were private media-monitoring agencies that emerged in Paris in the late 1870s and rapidly spread to Britain, Europe, and the United States. They employed readers (mostly female clerks) to manually speed-read hundreds of newspapers for keywords (such as clients’ names) in order to identify valuable news and reviews for subscribers. This project argues that these agencies also acted as surveillance tools in the hands of colonial institutions, such as the India Office in London, or organizations like the British Sexological Society. Maitra will be examining various holdings at primarily three institutions: (1) the British Library, (2) University College London Special Collections, and (3) the National Library of Ireland.


Jane Raisch (University of York)

Raisch’s research project examines the pre-history of the facsimile during the letterpress period. Focusing on techniques for visual reproduction that predate the advent of lithography (facsimile types, woodblocks, engraving, and mezzotint), she will consider how and why early scholars and printers harnessed the technology of print to imitate the physical features of textual artifacts. Dr Raisch’s research will be undertaken primarily at the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Columbia University, where she will attempt to discern how methodologies of facsimile production were tied to particular printing techniques, how the limitations of pre-lithographic reproduction informed the principles which govern practice, and what purpose these expensive and time-consuming editions served in the wider print market.


Trude Dijkstra (University of Amsterdam)

Dijkstra’s research project examines the early modern medical contacts between China and Europe by way of print culture, in two complementary ways. The first is by analyzing the manner in which Dutch producers of printed materials facilitated and influenced the transmission of medical knowledge from China to Europe. The second is then by studying how early modern European readers received and applied this medical knowledge. The research will be undertaken at the Wellcome Collection and Library in London (UK).