Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
The University of Texas Press is offering a Publishing Fellowship for the 2020–2021 year, beginning September 1, 2020, and ending August 31, 2021.
- The Fellowship program is designed to give one year of experience in book publishing to the most qualified applicants and help prepare the recipient for a career in book publishing.
- The Fellowship will consist of one year of intensive training in at least two departments, with exposure to and instruction in the operations of the other departments at the Press. The primary departments are described below. Applicants should rank these departments in their personal statement to indicate their primary areas of interest.
- 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 Fellowship is open to all humanities graduates.
- 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 of the program’s purpose and procedures, which include the intent to complete the Fellowship year and to pursue a career in publishing.
The Fellowship will give the Fellow an understanding of how several departments fit into the overall publishing process.
- Under the supervision of the Editor in Chief, the Fellow will learn how manuscripts are evaluated and guided through peer review, presented at a variety of in-house meetings, and revised and transmitted for copyediting, in addition to gaining familiarity with the basics of book budgets and traveling to an academic conference.
- Under the supervision of the Rights and Permissions Manager, the Fellow will assist in preparing marketing materials to promote Press books in translation at international book fairs; researching foreign publishers to send targeted book pitches; sending out requested review materials following book fairs; and maintaining an up-to-date mailing list.
- Under the supervision of the Managing Editor, the Fellow will focus on manuscript preparation, file clean-up and coding, editing, proofreading, indexing, and project management in collaboration with Press staff. Finalists with an interest in copyediting 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, 17th edition.
Fellows work primarily with their department managers, but throughout the year they will be exposed to all departments of the Press. Fellows 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:
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:
- Completed application form
- Résumé, maximum two pages
- One-page personal statement
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 2020. The 2020-2021 Fellow will be announced by May 31, 2020. Fellowships typically start on September 1, but that date may be flexible, depending on the needs of the departments.
The Fellow will receive $30,000 for the year, payable as $2,500 at the end of each month of completed training; the stipend will be prorated accordingly if the Fellow leaves before August 31, 2021. 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 their 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.
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, gender, age, disability, or veteran status.
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Postmark Deadline: March 31, 2020