Scholarship Information

A limited number of scholarship awards are available to librarians, archivists, scholars, booksellers, collectors, graduate students, and others. All course applicants are eligible to apply. A scholarship award provides a tuition waiver for one CalRBS course. The recipient is responsible for any other expenses related to the acceptance of the scholarship and attendance at CalRBS. Select CalRBS scholarships offer support to help cover the cost of attendance (lodging, airfare, meals, etc.). The deadline for scholarship applicants for the 2023 year is MAY 1 for priority consideration, with rolling applications open until all scholarships are awarded.

Since its founding, the CalRBS scholarship fund has received support from the Ahmanson Foundation, the Book Club of California, the Gladys Krieble Delmas FoundationGolden Legend, Inc., the Institute for Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the William Reese CompanySHARP, the Southern California Chapter of the ABAA, the UCLA Breslauer Professor Fund, the Zamorano Club, the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Kenneth Karmiole, and donors to the CalRBS Annual Fund.

Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit the course application and a statement of financial need. Explain why receiving this scholarship is necessary for you. If you are currently employed, please explain the likelihood of receiving institutional support for tuition, travel, housing, etc., or the circumstances that might preclude such support.

If you receive a scholarship, you will be required to attend the program lecture scheduled the week your course takes place.

Scholarships for Specific Fields
The Samuel H. Kress Foundation-Dr. Franklin D. Murphy Scholarship is available for art librarians, art historians, and students studying to enter these professions. The scholarship provides a tuition waiver for any one course offered by CalRBS.  Students should indicate their interest in this scholarship in their statement of need.

ABAA Scholarships

For all individuals attending, or even thinking of attending, CalRBS this summer, the Trustees of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund [ABBF] remind all of the scholarships available through the Elisabeth Woodburn Educational Fund.

Questions regarding applying for the Woodburn Scholarship may be directed to the ABAA Executive Director, Ms Susan Benne, at (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

To reiterate, we encourage all interested bibliophiles to apply, especially the budding booksellers reading this, for please know there are two primary factors that contribute significantly to your potential success in the antiquarian book trade: what you know & who you know.  As one who has attended multiple CalRBS courses, I can personally attest that such a class will contribute positively towards furthering your career.

For the ABBF Trustees,

Vic Zoschak
Tavistock Books
Est 1989