The IBPA Publishing University Scholarship Program provides members of the independent book publishing community interested in advancing their publishing program the opportunity to apply for a complimentary ticket to IBPA Publishing University. IBPA awards one complimentary ticket to each IBPA affiliate association and a limited number of complimentary tickets to at-large IBPA members (i.e., members not associated with an IBPA affiliate). IBPA has full discretion over the awarding of a scholarship to IBPA Publishing University.
Scholarships awarded in 2020 will not rollover to 2021. 2020 scholarship winners must reapply for 2021.
The IBPA Publishing University 2021 scholarship application deadline was November 30, 2020.
The IBPA Publishing University Scholarship is intended for individuals working in the independent publishing industry who need assistance in growing their publishing program. When the conference is held in-person, IBPA encourages affiliate associations to provide a stipend to help cover their scholarship recipient’s travel and accommodation costs. Please check with your local affiliate association to see if this is being offered.
In evaluating applicants, IBPA considers how the scholarship will assist the individual to become a successful publisher. IBPA also requires that the recipient share what they learned at IBPA Publishing University through an article published on the IBPA website and, if applicable, with their affiliate association members.
Each applicant must be:
A current member of both the sponsoring affiliate association and IBPA.*
Actively participating in the publishing process as a publisher of their own or others work.
In a position to benefit immediately from the scholarship.
*A limited number of at-large scholarships are awarded to current members of IBPA who are not associated with any affiliate association (one scholarship awarded to each winner).
IBPA considers the following questions when reviewing each applicant:
How will attendance at IBPA Publishing University assist the individual in his/her publishing career?
How will attendance at IBPA Publishing University be translated into the day-to-day operations of the individual’s business?
How will the scholarship winner share the information learned at IBPA Publishing University with their affiliate association or the IBPA community at-large? This sharing may take various forms, such as a published blog post, presentations at meetings, and mentoring of others throughout the year.
Did the applicant win an IBPA Publishing University scholarship in 2019? To serve as many members as possible, a scholarship cannot be awarded to the same member two years in a row. After two years, scholarship winners are welcome to reapply. (Because IBPA Publishing University 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19, 2020 scholarship winners are welcome to reapply for 2021.)
The current scholarship includes:
Full conference ticket for IBPA Publishing University 2021, scheduled to be held online from April 7-10, 2021.
Networking opportunities with peers and mentors.
IBPA Publishing University 2021 Scholarship Winners