Fellowship Program 2016–2017

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016

The University of Texas Press is offering two Fellowships in Publishing for the 2016–2017 year, beginning September 1, 2016, and ending August 31, 2017.

  • The Fellowship program is designed to give one year of experience in book publishing to the most qualified applicants.
  • The 2016–2017 Fellowships are being offered in two areas of concentration, Sales and Marketing and Editorial. Applicants must indicate on their application which area they are applying for. The Fellowships 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 trade publishing.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • The University of Texas Press Publishing Fellowships are open only to alumni of the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Applicants must have a strong desire to pursue a career in publishing.
  • The Fellows, before accepting the appointment, will be asked to sign a statement of understanding of the program’s purpose and procedures, which include the intent to complete the Fellowship year and to pursue a career in publishing.

The Training:

The training will focus on either the Sales and Marketing or the Editorial Production side of publishing:

  • The Sales and Marketing Fellowship will be shared between two departments and will give the Fellow an understanding of how both departments fit into the overall publishing process. Under the supervision of the Sales Director, the Sales and Marketing Fellow will learn how to pitch and sell a list of books to an independent bookstore; become acquainted with sales tools such as Edelweiss; and work on special projects.
  • Under the supervision of the Marketing and Communications Manager, the Sales and Marketing Fellow will research media outlets with the publicity team; develop review lists and send out review copies of books; assist with marketing flyers and other collateral by drawing on some previous design experience; research and develop marketing plans for books using non-traditional marketing strategies; and assist with seasonal marketing correspondence with authors and other administrative tasks as needed.
  • Under the supervision of the Managing Editor, the Editorial Fellow will focus on manuscript preparation, file clean-up and coding, editing, proofreading, indexing, and project management in collaboration with Press staff.
  • Finalists for the Editorial Fellowship will be asked to take a copyediting test. Applicants are advised to read The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller and should be familiar with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

The Fellows will work primarily with their department managers, but throughout the year they will be exposed to 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:

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


  • Completed application form
  • Résumé, maximum 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 2016. The names of the 2016–2017 Fellows will be announced by May 31, 2016. 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
3001 Lake Austin Blvd., STOP E4800
Austin, TX 78703-4206

Email Address: afaust@utpress.utexas.edu

If you have questions, please contact:

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

Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2016

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