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. You may only apply once to PBI 2014 (that is, you can not apply for both gen­eral admis­sion and a scholarship).

If you are encounter prob­lems with the online appli­ca­tion process, please con­tact Anna Embree at

Gen­eral admis­sion applications

PBI 2014 is full. If you would like to be placed on the wait­ing list, feel free to fill out the online appli­ca­tion. We will notify you by May 1 if a space is made avail­able. Oth­er­wise, make sure you apply sooner next year! 

Click here to fill out the online appli­ca­tion for gen­eral admission.

Be pre­pared to indi­cate first through last choices includ­ing ALL work­shops for each ses­sion in pri­or­ity order 1–5 (1 being high­est pri­or­ity). You will also be asked to indi­cate if you would like to request a sin­gle room for an addi­tional $200. For more infor­ma­tion, see below under “Fee Structure”

Accep­tance let­ters are sent out in early Feb­ru­ary 2014, 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, 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 applications

Sorry, we are no longer accept­ing schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tions. The dead­line for schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tions was Decem­ber 30, 2013.

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.

Fee Struc­ture


Tuition for the PBI 2014 pro­gram will be $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 $675.00 deposit is required within two weeks of accep­tance in order to reserve your place. The remain­ing bal­ance is due at reg­is­tra­tion upon arrival at Oxbow on May 11. Please note that this deposit is non-refundable after March 25, 2014.

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.