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Fellowship Program 2022–2023

Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022

Download the application here. (Word version) Applicants, please submit your applications by email.
If you have questions, please contact Adrienne Gilg at 512.232.7603 or agilg@utpress.utexas.edu.

The University of Texas Press is offering two Publishing Fellowships for the 2022–2023 year, beginning September 1, 2022, and ending August 31, 2023.

  • The Fellowship program is designed to give one year of experience in book publishing to the most qualified applicants and to help prepare the recipients for a career in book publishing.
  • The Fellowships will consist of one year of intensive training in two departments, with exposure to the operations of the other departments at the Press. The primary departments for the 2022–2023 fellowships are 1) Marketing and EDP (editing, design, and production) and 2) Rights & Permissions and Acquisitions; see descriptions below.
  • The emphasis will be on scholarly publishing, although much of the training will apply equally well to trade publishing.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • The 2022-23 Fellowships are open only to alumni of the University of Texas at Austin (undergraduate or graduate).
  • The Fellowship will be in person.
  • Applicants must be able to meet the university requirements for employment at time of application. These requirements can be found at: https://hr.utexas.edu/current/services/employment-eligibility-verification-i9-docs.
  • Applicants must have a strong desire to pursue a career in publishing.
  • Before accepting the appointment, Fellows 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.

The Training:

The Fellowship provides opportunities for the successful candidates to gain in-depth experience in multiple departments, with opportunities to network across the Press and understand elements of the overall publishing process. The Fellowships will give the Fellows an understanding of how several departments fit into the overall publishing process. In addition to in-house training, Fellows will attend the virtual annual meeting of the Association of University Presses and will attend one additional scholarly conference.

Marketing and EDP Fellowship:

  • Marketing: Under the supervision of the Marketing and Sales Manager, the Fellow will become acquainted with sales tools; research media outlets with the publicity team; develop review lists and send out review copies of books; participate in the creation of seasonal catalogs; research and develop marketing plans for books using non-traditional marketing strategies; and assist with seasonal marketing correspondence with authors.
  • Editing, Design, and Production: Under the supervision of the EDP Manager, 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.

Rights & Permissions and Acquisitions Fellowship:

  • Rights and Permissions: 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; maintaining an up-to-date mailing list; and processing permission requests.
  • Acquisitions: 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.

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.

Stipend and Benefits:

The Fellows will receive $37,500 for the year, payable as $3,125 at the end of each month of completed training; the stipend will be prorated accordingly if the Fellow leaves before August 31, 2023. 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 Fellows 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, Fellows will be certified as having successfully completed the Fellowship. Press staff will advise Fellows on university press job opportunities and application materials. At the end of the Fellowship year, Fellows will be asked to provide a personal report evaluating the experience.

How to Apply:

Download the application here. (Word version) Applicants may also call to request an application by mail or email.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST INCLUDE:

  • Completed application form*
  • Résumé, maximum two pages
  • One-page personal statement*

*Make sure to specify the fellowship you are applying for. Please choose one of the two.

Decision Timeline:

The Director and members of the Press’s senior staff will review applications. The Press will invite finalists to interview in April 2022. The 2022-2023 Fellows will be announced by May 1, 2022.

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, gender, age, disability, or veteran status.

Electronic Submission Only:

Email Address: agilg@utpress.utexas.edu

If you have questions, please contact:

Adrienne Gilg: 512.232.7603 | agilg@utpress.utexas.edu

Deadline: April 1, 2022

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