Fellowship Program 2014–2015

Application Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2014

The University of Texas Press is offering the James A. Michener Fellowship in Publishing for the 2014–2015 year, beginning September 1, 2014, and ending August 31, 2015.

  • The Fellowship program is designed to give one year of experience in book publishing to the most qualified applicants.
  • The 2014–2015 Fellowship is being offered in Marketing.
  • The Fellowship will consist of one year of intensive training in the Marketing department, 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 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, although degrees outside Humanities can be considered.
  • Applicants must have a strong desire to pursue a career in publishing.
  • 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.
  • Fellows are not enrolled in academic courses, and will not receive academic credit.

The Training:

  • Under the supervision of the Marketing and Communications Manager, the Marketing Fellow will work with each member of the department to gain a broad overview of all key marketing functions including: book publicity and advertising; exhibits planning; seasonal catalog preparation; and digital publishing and social media. The Fellow will also gain experience in research and outreach to potential markets (both traditional and online), graphic design assignments, and author relations, as well as growing and developing online audiences through a variety of digital platforms.
  • The Marketing Fellow must be a good communicator, detail-oriented, reliable, and someone who can manage multiple tasks. Preferred qualifications include graphic design experience and working with digital platforms—social media and audio and video software.

In addition to working with members of the Marketing department, the Fellow will have the opportunity to gain a holistic view of university publishing by visiting with other departments at the Press and will attend appropriate meetings of the staff and the Faculty Advisory Committee.

How to Apply:

Download the application here. Applicants may also call to request an application by mail.


  • Completed application form
  • Résumé, max. two 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 2014. The 2014–2015 Fellow will be announced by May 31, 2014. 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.

Mailing Addresses:

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 St., STOP E4800
Austin, TX 78712-1303

Email Address:


If you have questions, please contact:

Allison Faust: (512) 232-7603 afaust@utpress.utexas.edu

Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2014

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