Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera 2020/21

The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition, now in its thirteenth year, is open to any interested individual or organization for the study of any aspect of ephemera.

Ephemera includes a vast amount of paper material such as advertisements, airsickness bags, baseball cards, billheads, bookmarks, bookplates, broadsides, cigar box labels and bands, cigarette cards, clipper ship cards, board and card games, greeting cards, sheet music, maps, calendars, blotters, invitations, luggage labels, menus, paper dolls, postcards, posters, puzzles and puzzle cards, stock certificates, tickets, timetables, trade cards, valentines, watch papers, and wrapper

The Ephemera Society of America, Inc. , founded in 1980, is a non-profit organization to cultivate and encourage interest in ephemera and the history identified with it.


Application Deadline: December 1, 2019

Programme: Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera

Value: The $2,000 stipend can be applied to travel and/or study expenses, but cannot be used to purchase ephemera. How the stipend will be used; the expected form and outcome of the project and its relationship to ephemera; when and how the outcome will be disseminated; and its benefit to furthering the goals of the ESA should be clearly stated in the application.

Place of Study: USA

Nationality: International students

Number of Scholarships: Not known


Eligible Countries: International applicants

Eligibility Criteria: The fellowship selection criteria include:

  1. The significance of the project;
  2. The project’s relationship to ephemera and the mission of the Ephemera Society of America;
  3. How the project will be shared with ESA members and the general public;
  4. Evidence of the applicant’s ability to disseminate the results of the project effectively through scholarly or other articles, presentations, exhibitions, etc.; and
  5. How the applicant will use the stipend.


The applicant’s resume, submitted as part of the application, should include the applicant’s experience and proven ability to carry out this project and disseminate its results. The completed application should be sent electronically to:

Decisions will be reported to the successful individual or organization by March 3, 2020, and will be announced at the Society’s annual meeting and conference, March 27-29, 2020 in Old Greenwich, Connecticut.

The successful candidate will have one year to complete the project, and will be required to submit two written reports to the Board of the Ephemera Society: an interim progress report due August 15, 2020, and a final report due February 1, 2021. The winner may also be invited to write an article about the project for an issue of the Society’s The Ephemera Journal, and/or prepare a presentation about the project for the following year’s annual conference.


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