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Fellowship Program

Each spring, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) awards 12 students and early-career professionals with a highly competitive Fellowship. Students of publishing, librarianship, and information science, together with early-career professionals in the first four years of employment in the scholarly communications industry, are invited to apply. 

The Fellowship lasts for one year and culminates at the SSP Annual Meeting. The Fellowship program supports and nurtures students and early-career professionals who are eager to develop their skills and learning experiences within the scholarly publishing community by attending informational sessions and networking with industry professionals.

Leading up to the Annual Meeting, the Fellowship program will provide many training and career development opportunities, including networking events, community forums, and individualized advice and guidance from an assigned mentor. These Fellowships are funded through corporate sponsorships and from the SSP operating budget.


2020 Fellowship Winners


Melissa Cantrell

University of Colorado Boulder, US

Hussein Fawzy

U. Journal of Exercise Science, Canada

Georgie Field


Ellen C. Fox

American Association of Immunologists, US

David Kim

Wiley, US

Christopher McKeen

Cambridge University Press, US

George Neame


Hannah Rahim

University of Calgary, Canada

Sneha K Rhode

Cabells International, UK

Michelle Urberg

ProQuest, US

Hannah Vinchur

University of Nebraska-Omaha, US

Jiayun Wang

Wuhan University, China



Supporting the SSP Fellowship Program

Organizations and individuals interested in supporting the SSP Fellowship Program with a tax-deductible donation should contact Natalie Zundel at nzundel@sspnet.org. The Fellowship Fund is undergoing a transition and will soon become the Generations Fund, an endowment providing sustainable, long-term support for SSP’s Fellowship and Mentorship programs. Donations will become part of the soon to be announced campaign goal of $500,000 by 2022. The Board is committed to this vision and has voted for SSP to seed the fund with $100,000 in support. The Generations Fund will ensure the next generation of scholarly communications professionals have the tools they need to succeed.



SSP Fellowship Benefits

The 2020 SSP Fellows will receive the following:

  • Complimentary SSP membership for the calendar year in which they become a Fellow;
  • Discounted SSP membership for two additional years;
  • Assignment of an industry expert Mentor, with opportunities to communicate via e-mail and telephone throughout the year, and in person at the Annual Meeting;
  • Facilitated quarterly teleconferences with other Fellowship recipients with current and past SSP presidents and board members on developing leadership skills, and path for career growth;
  • Free registration to the Annual Meeting;
  • Free registration to a pre-conference seminar;
  • Fellowship meet-up and networking event at the Annual Meeting for current and former Fellows and travel grant alumni;
  • Reimbursement of up to US $1,300 for travel and lodging expenses incurred to attend the meeting. Applications from beyond North America are especially encouraged; funding of up to US $2,000 for travel is available to support overseas Fellows;
  • Free registration to SSP webinars organized throughout the year;
  • Free registration to one regional networking event organized throughout the year;
  • Opportunity to participate in an SSP committee.

SSP Fellowship Obligations

All SSP Fellows will be ambassadors of the Society and are expected to undertake the following throughout their Fellowship year:

  • Submit a written report after attending the SSP Annual Meeting describing experiences and learning outcomes. Note: this report may be used as the basis for an article in the Scholarly Kitchen blog.
  • Be actively involved in an SSP committee;
  • Participate in a group Fellowship project to benefit other early-career professionals and students studying publishing and library and information science;
  • Participate in an annual Fellowship survey to provide feedback on the program;
  • Complete any feedback surveys for seminars, webinars, and networking events attended throughout the year;
  • Communicate and engage with their assigned Mentor throughout the year.

As an SSP ambassador, Fellows will work with committees to promote and highlight the program, signing a release that will allow SSP to use their images and text in publicity material.

SSP Fellowship Qualifications

Early-Career Fellowship applicant requirements: must be in their first four years of work in the publishing and information profession.

Student Fellowship applicant requirements: must be current students in a dedicated publishing or library and information science program, or in another program in which they take publishing, librarianship, or information science courses.

Fellows will be selected on the strength of their responses to the three questions listed below. Please include your résumé with your application.

  • Please describe why you merit this Fellowship. Which of your work/educational experiences and qualifications are especially relevant?
  • In addition to communicating what you’ve learned by attending SSP’s Annual Meeting to your colleagues/fellow students, how will you practically incorporate this new knowledge into your work/educational life?
  • The scholarly communications field is in a state of flux. Discuss how this industry could or should evolve over the next five years to meet the changing needs of scholars and researchers.

If you have questions about the fellowship program, please contact Jacklyn Lord at jlord@sspnet.org.