Christ is betrayed with a kiss: woodcut (greatly enlarged) from an edition of Hortulus animae (1529).


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The Oxford Bibliographical Society is offering an annual series of grants to help in defraying the costs of holding conferences, exhibitions and workshops; to support small projects such as the web-publication of unpublished catalogues of manuscripts and printed books; and to provide assistance to scholars in obtaining reproductions or undertaking essential travel (including accommodation costs) as part of projects whose aims are in line with those of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.

Applications should comprise: a brief outline of the project, conference or work (no more than 200 words); its overall cost with a break-down of how the grant would be used; the name, address and e-mail address of one referee; and the applicant’s contact details (including a postal address). Applications should be submitted to the Grants Officer by 31 March in each year and will be evaluated by Council at its Spring meeting. Applications received after 31 March will be considered in the following year’s round of grants. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after the spring meeting. The results will be announced at the Society’s AGM and on its website.

The applicant does not have to be a member of the Society. If the applicant is a Council member, he/she will of course be excluded from the decision-making process. Applications need not relate to Oxford, however Oxford-based or Oxford-related submissions may be prioritised. The Society will not usually give grants to fund summer schools, but encourages those attending summer schools to apply for funding to cover their travel, accommodation and fees. Those seeking funding for accommodation in Oxford are advised to contact the Grants Officer before submitting their applications, as the Society can sometimes provide rooms in the City at a reduced price. Funding levels may vary from year to year, but it is anticipated that Council will make awards of not more than £1,500 in total in each year.

Successful applicants will be required to mention the contribution of the Society in any written, printed, on-line or other visual material relating to the event, work or research, and to submit for Council and for publication via the website and other appropriate means a brief report (300–500 words) on the use to which the grant was put (reports may be edited for publication).