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. The mix­ture of expe­ri­ence lev­els amongst par­tic­i­pants is a large part of why PBI is such a rich and pro­duc­tive program.

There are two appli­ca­tions, one for gen­eral admis­sion, and one for schol­ar­ship attendees.

Gen­eral Application

The online appli­ca­tion for PBI 2015 will be avail­able on this web­page start­ing on Jan­u­ary 1, 2015. Accep­tance let­ters are sent out start­ing in early Feb­ru­ary 2015, so timely appli­ca­tion is encour­aged. The appli­ca­tion period remains open through April 15 or until all spots are con­firmed and filled. Once all spots are filled, remain­ing appli­cants will be put on a wait­ing list. Those placed on a wait­ing list will be noti­fied about open­ings as soon as one becomes avail­able. The wait­ing list will remain open until May 10.

Schol­ar­ship Application

The schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tion will be avail­able on this web­page on Decem­ber 1, 2014. The online schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tion period runs from Decem­ber 1 to Decem­ber 30, 2014, with accep­tance let­ters sent out in February.

Schol­ar­ship Information

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 afford to attend. Pref­er­ence is given to those who have never attended PBI.

Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents will 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. While at PBI, schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents live in charm­ing and com­fort­able but rus­tic hous­ing with nearby bath­room facil­i­ties. Oxbow pro­vides won­der­ful, healthy meals with diverse offer­ings and the kitchen staff is able to accom­mo­date many dietary needs.

Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents are expected to arrive to early to PBI, and should plan to get to Ox-Bow by 10 a.m. on Sat­ur­day, May 16, 2015. For those who are fly­ing, this will prob­a­bly make it nec­es­sary to arrive dur­ing the after­noon of Fri­day, May 15. Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents will depart PBI on Thurs­day, May 28 with the rest of the PBI participants.

Fee Struc­ture

Tuition for the PBI 2015 pro­gram is $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.


Once accepted to PBI, a deposit for half the tuition 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.