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SSP 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 Career Development Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 SSP Fellowships.

Early Career Fellows:
Willa Camille Liburd Tavernier, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
Emma DiPasquale, Michigan Publishing, USA
Kasia Repeta, Duke University Press, USA
Sarah Muncy, University of Cincinnati Press, USA
Ryan Farrell, American Gastroenterological Association

Student Fellows:
Philips Oluwaseun Ayeni, McGill University, Canada
Monica Hoh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Lynnee Argabright, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

International Fellows:
Ruth Tunn, Edanz Group, Japan
Izzy Hancock, Elsevier, UK
Basiru Adetomiwa, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria
Bo Liu, SpringerNature, China

The Fellowship lasts for one year and begins at the SSP Annual Meeting – to be held in San Diego, CA, May 29-31, 2019. 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.

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

SSP Fellowship Benefits

The 2019 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 and Fellowship Mentors;
  • 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 will be 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. Résumés should also be included 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 5 years to meet the changing needs of scholars and researchers.

Applicants are asked to limit their responses to 300 words per question.
Deadline: March 7, 2019

Please click below to begin the application, enter your responses to the questions above, and to submit your résumé. No references are required.

If you have questions about the fellowship program, please contact info@sspnet.org.


Supporting the SSP Fellowship Program

For organizations interested in supporting the SSP Fellowship Program and for more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina DeRose at parnterships@sspnet.org.

  • Individual donations can be made online – from $25-$1000.
  • $2500 fellowship sponsorship packages are also available.





Early Career Fellows

  • Alexa Masi, The MIT Press, USA
  • Alexandra Vieux Frankel, American Anthropological Association, USA
  • Frances Chang Andreu, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mariya Maistrovskaya, University of Toronto Libraries, Canada
  • Megan McCarty, J&J Editorial, LLC, USA
  • Stephanie Savage, University of British Columbia, Canada

Student Fellows

  • Ewa Zegler-Poleska, Indiana University Bloomington, USA
  • Norman Rusin, George Washington University, USA
  • Saba Vatanpour, STEM Fellowship Journal, Canada

International Fellows

  • Laura Simonite, Publons, United Kingdom
  • Monica Moniz, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom
  • Victoria Zea Truter, Taylor & Francis, South Africa


Early Career Awards

  • Lois Jones, American Psychological Association
  • Christen Pruitt, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Jennifer Lee, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Sai Konda, American Chemical Society
  • Maggie Grossman, Northwestern University Press

Student Awards

  • Ian Harmon, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Information Sciences
  • Jessica Kirschner, University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences
  • Jerry Liu, University of Waterloo

International Awardees

  • Max Mosterd, Knowledge Unlatched
  • Franca Driessen, Oxford University Press
  • Lucy Lambe, London School of Economics
  • Lindsey Irish, Oxford Brookes University


Early Career Awards

  • Jennifer Geyer, University of Michigan Press, MI
  • Sarah Melton, Emory University Center for Digital Scholarship, GA
  • Nick Michal, Cambridge University Press, NY
  • Jenna Pope, John Wiley & Sons, NJ
  • Ali Versluis, University of Guelph, Canada

Student Awards

  • Erica Hayes, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Carl Haynes, Syracuse University, NY
  • Mohammed Hossein Asadi Lari, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Charles Lilly, University of Texas, Dallas, TX

International Awardees

  • Marcel Knöchelmann, University College, London, UK
  • Cherry-Ann Smart, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Isabel Thompson, Oxford University Press, UK

Travel Grant Winners


Early Career Awards

  • Amy Laurent, Cambridge University Press
  • Carrie Macmillan, University of Toronto Press
  • Julie Markowitz, Wayne State University Press
  • Kathryn Osterndorff, Ooligan Press at Portland State University
  • Shayna Pekala, Indiana University Libraries
  • Xin Su, John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Student Awards

  • Rob Anderson, University of Tennessee, School of Information Science
  • Kelly Denzer, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Dept. of Library and Information Studies
  • Ana Ndumu, Florida State University, School of Information
  • Anna Newman, Simmons College, School of Library and Information Science

International Awardees

  • Madina Assangaliyeva, Nazarbayev University Library, Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Joanne Hilliar, University of Sheffield, Information School, United Kingdom
  • Kathleen McGarry, Macquarie University, ACT, Australia


Early Career Awards

  • Emma Brink, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Francesca Giannetti, Rutgers University Alexander Library
  • Elizabeth Gibson, Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Maeg Keane, BioOne
  • Katy Meert, Elsevier, Inc.

Student Awards

  • Emily Besich, University of Arizona
  • Alexandra Haehnert, Portland State University
  • Ashley Parker, George Washington University
  • Gedi Tang, University of Michigan
  • Mei Zhang, University of Wisconsin–Madison

International Awardees

  • Devasena Kanthi, Cactus Communications, India
  • Nadja Neumann, Karlstad University Library, Sweden
  • Emma Watkins, IOP Publishing, UK


Early Career Awards

  • Genevieve Allison, Museum of Modern Art
  • Antonia Pop, University of Toronto Press
  • Laurie Miller, Western National Parks Association
  • Sarah Lippincott, Educopia Institute/Library Publishing Coalition
  • Stacey Lutkoski, Duke University Press

Student Awards

  • Dana Crudo, George Washington University, College of Professional Studies
  • Peter Froehlich, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
  • Ashley Downs, Syracuse University, School of Information
  • Irina Zeylikovich, University of Michigan, School of Information
  • Maryam Ronagh, Drexel University, Dept. of Culture and Communication
  • Barnaby Hughes, San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science

International Awardees

  • Marisha Fonseca, Cactus Communications, Mumbai, India
  • Gabriela Olaru, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey


Early Career Awards

  • Katherine Bridgewater, Wiley-Blackwell
  • Lauren Crocker, Wayne State University Press
  • Dawn Durante, University of Illinois Press
  • Korey Jackson, MPublishing – University of Michigan
  • Crystal Thompson, Families in Society, Alliance for Children and Families

Student Awards

  • Joana Costa Knufinke, New York University
  • Anamika Dasgupta, Long Island University
  • Emily McHugh, McGill University
  • Erich Purpur, University of North Carolina
  • Nicholas Weber, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign


Early Career Awards

  • Elizabeth Andersen, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Alaina Cauchie, Senator John Heinz History Center Library and Archives, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jamie Jones, Wayne State University Press
  • Elizabeth Smart, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
  • Gwenan Spearing, CABI, UK

Student Awards

  • Andrea Alexander, University of Michigan School of Information
  • Peter Devereaux, University of Maryland College of Information Studies
  • Alex Garnett, University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
  • Timothy McCormick, Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science
  • Shirley Zhao, Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science