February 1, 2018 – The Career Development Committee of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) invites applications for the 2018 Annual Fellowship Program. Interested candidates can begin the application process here.
Early-career professionals in the first four years of their employment in the scholarly communications industry and students enrolled in publishing or library and information science programs and are eligible to apply. Applicants need to send their résumés along with responses to three questions posted on the Fellowship program site.
The Fellowship Program offers a wide range of career development and nurturing opportunities for students and early-career professionals in the scholarly publishing industry. SSP will award up to 12 fellowships at the Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 30 – June 1, 2018.
“The Fellowship Program continues to attract high-quality applicants and has become increasingly competitive,” notes SSP Executive Director, Melanie Dolechek. “The fellows have become an integral part of our committees and task forces—helping keep SSP’s programming fresh and relevant. The program is a great way for them to get involved, expand their network and learn additional skills that will help them excel in their future careers.”
The fellowship provides a year-long program with training opportunities, complimentary SSP membership, registrations for selected SSP events, and travel reimbursement of up to US $1,300 for domestic applicants and up to $2,000 for those coming from abroad to attend the Annual Meeting.
A notable aspect of the program is the pairing of fellows with a mentor from the publishing and library fields. The mentors and mentees meet via quarterly webinars.
“The SSP Fellowship was a game-changer for me, not only was I able to attend the SSP annual meeting, but I had the incredible experience of being mentored by Adrian [Stanley], who has spared no effort in bringing me into various circles in the field.,” says current fellow Mohammad Hossein Asadi Lari. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the amazing opportunities that this fellowship has made possible!”
His mentor, Adrian Stanley, Vice President Publisher Business Development at Digital Science and SSP President-Elect, adds, “Being able to put my experience and SSP network to good use to support, advise and interact with Mohammad was wonderfully rewarding. Mentoring is definitely a win-win, and a two-way street. I strongly encourage more SSP members to get involved with our programs.”
In order to promote engaged active members, the SSP Fellowship recipients are expected to report on sessions they observe at SSP, join and be actively involved in an SSP committee, participate in a fellowship project and surveys, and work with committees to promote and highlight the Fellowship program. Thus, starting this year, applicants will be asked to discuss how they intend to apply the Fellowship to their life after the conference.
For more information on the program and application process, click here. The deadline to send in applications is Thursday, March 1, 2018. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Emilie Delquié, co-chair of the SSP Career Development Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org.