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Printing Historical Society Grants

Awards are announced at the Society’s Annual General Meeting which is usually held between May and July.

How to apply
Each application should preferably be made by email and should consist of:
a covering letter of up to 500 words, containing a brief curriculum vitae and the name, address and e-mail address of one referee (who has already agreed to serve as referee), and
a description of the project and budget, of up to 1,000 words.
The project description should state its purpose clearly, and succinctly. Please also state whether your project is part of a larger one, and whether you are applying elsewhere for funding. You will be expected to submit a written report one year after the award of your grant.

Submit your application to the Chairman of the PHS Grants and Prizes Sub-Committee, Giles Mandelbrote, at If unable to use email for your submission, please mail to the Society, marked for the attention of the Grants and Prizes Chairman, at the address shown on the Contact us page, to arrive no later than 31 March 2022.

About our grants programme
The Printing Historical Society operates a programme of awards for work including:

Research on topics relating to the history of printing
Publishable reports on archives relating to the history of printing
Grants are limited to supporting historical research in printing technology, the printing and related industries, printed materials and artefacts, type and typefounding, print culture, and the history of printing processes and design. Applications for research funding may be for up to £1,000; applications for publishable reports on archives, up to £500. In both cases grants may be used to cover material or other expenses, including travel, accommodation, photography etc., but excluding basic subsistence expenses such as food. Training and employment (such as research assistance or salary replacement) costs will not be eligible for funding.

Applications will be assessed on the viability of the project, the effectiveness of the proposed use of funding and the relevance of the proposed research to the aims of the Society. Applications should specify the amount requested and offer a budget for the envisaged use of the funds; applications for projects that are deemed to be primarily bibliographical, or for conference funding, are unlikely to be successful. Students, academics and independent researchers may apply; some preference will be given to independent researchers. All applicants are strongly encouraged to consider submitting the outcome of their research for publication in the Journal of the Printing Historical Society.

An announcement is generally made in Printing History News when a new grant application period opens, but the Society also advertises its grants programme through a variety of public channels, including on this page of the Society’s website.

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