The scholarships are easy to apply for and provide a great opportunity to attend the course for free. You can choose to apply for as many scholarships as you wish – one, two or more. Please note the terms of individual scholarships as some cover the full cost of tuition and accommodation whilst others cover tuition only. We would like to say a big thank you to the scholarship providers both past and present for their generosity and support. Good luck!

Most of our 2019 scholarships are now open and ready for applications. If the scholarship you wish to apply for hasn’t yet been updated, please bear with us! We aim to have everything updated by the first week in April.


ABA Educational Trust

Applications for the 2019 ABA Educational Trust Scholarship are now closed.

The ABA Educational Trust works to support a continued awareness of the heritage of the book and the printed word. It aims to promote and support education and research across the wide field of rare book studies and antiquarian bookselling and to foster the entry of younger booksellers into the trade. The ABA Educational Trust is delighted then to provide a scholarship to the York Antiquarian Book Seminar 2019. The Trust scholarship includes the full course fee and four nights accommodation, which will be booked and paid for on your behalf.

Applications are to be made by emailing ABA secretary Camilla Szymanowska at secretary@aba.org.uk no later than Friday 31st May 2018. The Educational Trust committee will award the scholarship to the candidate that best demonstrates a combination of enthusiasm, potential and need.



Entries for the 2019 Abebooks Scholarship prize draw have now closed.

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectable books? The York Antiquarian Book Seminar is an educational event held over three days in York in September 2019 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books.

This is your opportunity to enter for a chance to win admission to attend the event. There will be two lucky winners. Each prize package is worth £525.

Click on this link for 2019 scholarship prize draw details:

The closing date for entry is Friday 31st May 2019.

Launched in 1996, AbeBooks is the online marketplace where you can buy new, used, rare and out-of-print books, as well as textbooks. It connects buyers with thousands of professional booksellers around the world and millions of books are listed for sale.


Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities

Applications for the 2019 Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities Diversity Scholarship remain open as the deadline has been extended to Sunday 30th June.

Jonathan Kearns Rare Books & Curiosities Diversity Scholarship

In the interests of promoting diversity across all fields of the rare book trade this scholarship, comprising tuition fees and 4 nights accommodation in a hotel close to the seminar, is offered to a Person Of Colour with an interest in rare books themselves and the wider related field. Bookseller, collector, librarian, any and all are most welcome to apply. The accommodation will be booked and paid for on your behalf.

To apply for the scholarship, please send a brief personal background and a covering letter expressing why you believe you would benefit from the scholarship. They should be emailed to jonathan@kearnsrarebooks.com with York Antiquarian Book Seminar as the email subject.

Applications to arrive no later than Friday 31st May 2019, with winners notified as soon after Monday 17th June 2019 as possible.


Bella de Costa Greene Scholarship

Applications for the 2019 Bella de Costa Greene Scholarship are now closed.

With the goal of actively working to achieve a more diverse and inclusive community of booksellers and librarians, YABS is pleased invite applicants for a 2019 scholarship. The winner will have their full course fees paid (worth £525) plus four nights accommodation (at a hotel close to the seminar venue) booked and paid for on their behalf. The scholarship is intended for a bookseller or a librarian from an historically underrepresented community and is generously sponsored by Lisa Unger Baskin, our 2018 Keynote Speaker.

Applications are encouraged from booksellers and librarians who identify as BAME, LGBTQ+, working class, persons with disabilities, or other self-identified communities of booksellers or librarians who might benefit from this scholarship.

Applicants should submit a short essay on why they want to attend YABS. They should include in the essay a brief personal and professional history, and something about their relationship to books and the book trade. We also ask for a CV and/or one letter or email of support from a member of the book trade, a professional librarian, or another member of the antiquarian book world.

This scholarship is named after Belle da Costa Greene, the African-American librarian, bibliographer and director of the Morgan Library.

The deadline to submit your application is Friday 31st May, 2019. The winner will be notified by Friday 14th June 2019.

Applications are being handled by YABS organisers Anthony Smithson and Alice Laverty. Applications either can be emailed, posted or delivered in person at Keel Row Books.

Keel Row Bookshop, 11 Fenwick Terrace, Preston Road, North Shields, NE29 0LU

or mail@keelrowbooks.com

Please include "Belle da Costa Greene Scholarship" in your email subject line.



Applications for the 2019 Bibliopolis Scholarship are now closed.

Bibliopolis provides complete e-commerce website design development, technical support and hosting as well as database services for the used, out-of-print and antiquarian bookseller. We are devoted to connecting discerning buyers to professional booksellers online without middlemen crashing the party.

Bibliopolis is pleased to offer a full scholarship for the 2019 York Antiquarian Book Seminar. In addition to the full tuition fees (worth £525) the winner will receive a downloadable version of the inventory management software, BookHound 8. Applicants should submit essays stating their reasons for wishing to attend. Entries must be received no later than midnight, Friday 31st May, 2019. The winner will be notified as soon after Monday 17th June as possible. This year, Bibliopolis scholarship applications will be handled by the YABS organisers Anthony and Alice of Keel Row Books. Kindly send essays via email with the subject line "Bibliopolis Scholarship" to: mail@keelrowbooks.com.

P.S. All YABS graduates have access to this great software, website design and host deal from Bibliopolis - you don't need to win a scholarship to qualify for this offer. https://www.bibliopolis.com/yabs-offer


Swedish Association of Antiquarian Booksellers

Entries for the 2019 Swedish Association of Antiquarian Booksellers Scholarship are now closed.

The scholarship of the Swedish Association of Antiquarian Booksellers covers the course fee, travel, and accommodation for one recipient.

The Swedish Association, being comparably small, is unable to arrange an event such as this, and therefore views it as a great privilege to be able in this way to give young and prospective Swedish booksellers the opportunity to take part of the knowledge and perspectives provided by the York Antiquarian Book Seminar. We consider this an investment in the future of our trade in Sweden.

Candidates are nominated by members of the Swedish Association of Antiquarian Booksellers before Friday 31st May. The winner is selected from these candidates by the committee of the association.

For any questions, please contact the Swedish Association of Antiquarian Booksellers at main@svaf.se.


The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA)

Applications for the 2019 PBFA Scholarships are now closed.

The PBFA is delighted to support the sixth York Antiquarian Book Seminar. The applicants for the two scholarships may either be current PBFA members, or a would-be PBFA members who potentially fulfil the requirements for PBFA membership. 

(Any bookseller may apply to the PBFA if they have been trading for two years and can provide the names of two existing Full Members of the orginisation who know them, have traded with them for at least two years, and are willing to sponsor their application).

The PBFA scholarships to aspiring booksellers will be to the value of £525 and will cover the seminar course fees. Applicants should submit essays stating their reasons for wishing to attend YABS to arrive no later than Friday 31st May, with winners notified as soon after Monday 17th June as possible. Letters of support from PBFA members are welcome but not required.

Apply to: The Administrator, PBFA, The Old Coach House, 16 Melbourn Street, Royston, Herts. SG8 7BZ.


The Second Shelf Scholarship for Women

Applications for the 2019 Second Shelf Scholarship are now closed.

The Second Shelf is dedicated to selling and championing rare books, first editions, and rediscovered work by women. In consideration of the historic imbalance and inequality of women in the book trade, and also in the interest of providing access to women who might otherwise not be able to afford to attend York Antiquarian Book Seminar, The Second Shelf will provide full tuition fees and four nights accommodation to a woman wishing to pursue her personal or professional interest in rare books. The accommodation will be booked and paid for on your behalf.

To apply please send a brief cover letter to info@thesecondshelf.com with personal background and a statement of interest in rare books (CV optional) and how a scholarship would assist in your pursuits.

Applications to arrive no later than Friday 31st May 2019 – the recipient will be notified by June 14th, 2019.