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02.08.2019 | SSP News & Releases

Applications now open for the Annual SSP Fellowship Program

The Career Development Committee of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) invites applications for the 2019 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 are eligible to apply. Applicants should send their résumés along with responses to three questions posted on the Fellowship program website.

Why apply? The Fellowship Program offers a wide range of career development, training, and networking opportunities for students and early-career professionals in the scholarly publishing industry. SSP will award up to 12 Fellowships at the Annual Meeting in San Diego, May 29 – May 31, 2019.

“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 $1,300 for North America 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 an industry expert mentor.  The mentors and mentees meet via quarterly webinars, in addition to communicating via email and telephone throughout the year. 

“As an SSP Fellow, I have had the opportunity to connect with professionals in different segments of the publishing ecosystem. As a result, I feel more connected to the broader issues facing the industry and am better equipped to help researchers at my institution make educated choices,” says 2018 Early Career Fellow Stephanie Savage. ” I’ve also used the fellowship as an opportunity to get involved in SSP committees and have enjoyed working with new colleagues to move initiatives forward and shape the future of SSP.”

Adrian Stanley, SSP President and Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science, adds, “the SSP Fellowship Program helps identify a diverse range of ambitious rising stars within the scholarly communications ecosystem. Competition is always strong but the benefits to the winners, and SSP, are invaluable, and have many positive long-term effects. I strongly encourage applications and participation in this important program.”

In order to promote engaged and active members, the SSP Fellowship recipients are expected to report on sessions they observe at SSP, join and actively participate in an SSP committee, contribute to a Fellowship project and surveys, and work with committees to promote and highlight the Fellowship program. Because of these expectations, 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 submit applications is Friday, March 7, 2019. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Emilie Delquié, co-chair of the SSP Career Development Committee, edelquie@copyright.com.



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