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02.03.2020 | SSP News & Releases

Applications Now Open for Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellowship Program

February 3, 2020 – Mount Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) invites applications for the 2020 Annual Fellowship Program. Interested candidates can begin the application process on SSP’s website.

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 include their résumés along with responses to three questions posted on the Fellowship program site.

This experience 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 Boston, MA, May 27–May 29, 2020.

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 US applicants and up to $2,000 for those coming from overseas to attend the Annual Meeting.

The program pairs Fellows with an industry expert mentor, who 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, Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science and SSP Past-President, 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.”

Fellowship recipients are expected to report on sessions they observe at SSP – describing experiences and learning outcomes, 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 send in applications is March 6, 2020. If you have questions or need further information, please contact Kelly Denzer, co-chair of the SSP Career Development Committee, kedenzer@davidson.edu.


About the Society for Scholarly Publishing – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and regional events to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and to discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

For more information, contact: 
Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director | info@sspnet.org | 303-422-3914

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