Application & Fees


PBI wel­comes appli­ca­tions from all indi­vid­u­als at all lev­els of expe­ri­ence who have a spe­cial inter­est in book arts, book­bind­ing, conservation, papermaking or asso­ci­ated areas. Those with exper­tise and those with less expe­ri­ence com­ing together are a large part of what makes PBI such a rich and pro­duc­tive program.

IMG_6969There are two appli­ca­tions, one for gen­eral admis­sion, and one for schol­ar­ship atten­dees. The appli­ca­tion period for admis­sion begins on Jan­u­ary 1, 2015.


Schol­ar­ship applications

Nell Mel­dahl was an inspir­ing PBI instruc­tor and con­ser­va­tor of Far-Eastern art who passed away far too early in her career. Her fam­ily and friends, with addi­tional funds raised each year from the PBI auc­tion and friends of PBI, have cre­ated a schol­ar­ship pro­gram in her honor to aid those who can­not afford PBI tuition. These half-tuition work-study awards are based on finan­cial need and merit/motivation, and are intended for those indi­vid­u­als who could not oth­er­wise attend. Recip­i­ents are expected to help with stu­dio set up and take down for each ses­sion, assist with var­i­ous mid-session tasks, and help to orga­nize and run the auc­tion and clos­ing banquet.

The schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tion period runs from Decem­ber 1 to Decem­ber 30, 2014.

Fee Struc­ture


Tuition for the PBI 2014 pro­gram was $1350. This includes room and board for a shared room, work­shop tuition, class sup­plies and mate­ri­als. A small course fee maybe added to classes with excep­tion­ally high mate­ri­als costs. This cost is indi­cated with the course description.

Sin­gle Room Reservations

Sin­gle occu­pancy dor­mi­tory rooms can be reserved for an addi­tional $200 fee. This request can be indi­cated in your online appli­ca­tion. The fee is due upon arrival to PBI. While we will make an effort to accom­mo­date all sin­gle room requests, if there are more requests than avail­able rooms, sin­gle rooms will be assigned through a lot­tery system.


PageDesigningOnce accepted to PBI, a deposit for half the tution is required within two weeks of accep­tance in order to reserve your place. The remain­ing bal­ance is due at reg­is­tra­tion upon arrival at Oxbow.

Insti­tu­tional sup­port for fund­ing or time off

A PBI Co-director will be happy to sup­ply a let­ter of sup­port to appli­cants seek­ing fund­ing or time away from their employers.