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 appli­ca­tion period begins on Jan­u­ary 1, 2016, via an online appli­ca­tion. You will find the link to the online appli­ca­tion on this page begin­ning on Jan­u­ary 1, 2016. Appli­ca­tions received within the first two weeks of the appli­ca­tion period will be given pri­or­ity. Timely appli­ca­tion is strongly encour­aged. We make an effort to accept an equi­table mix of alumni and new comers.

Appli­ca­tions are accepted through through April 15 or until all spots are con­firmed and filled. Once all spots are filled, remain­ing appli­cants are put on a wait­ing list. Those placed on the wait­ing list are noti­fied about open­ings as soon as one becomes avail­able. The wait­ing list remains open until May 1. Acceptance let­ters are sent out start­ing in early Feb­ru­ary every year.

Nell Mel­dahl Scholarships

The schol­ar­ship appli­ca­tion period will run from Decem­ber 1 to 31, 2015. You will find the link to the online appli­ca­tion on this page begin­ning on Decem­ber 1, 2015. Please read the text below to learn about the require­ments for schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents before you apply!

PBI offers sevcn to ten half-tuition work-study awards are based on finan­cial need, merit and moti­va­tion, intended for those indi­vid­u­als who could not oth­er­wise afford to attend. 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 but rus­tic group dor­mi­to­ries, with bath­room facil­i­ties in nearby build­ings. 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, by 10 a.m. on Sat­ur­day May 14. For those who are fly­ing, this will prob­a­bly make it nec­es­sary to arrive dur­ing the after­noon of Fri­day, May 13. Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents will depart PBI on Thurs­day, May 26, with the rest of the PBI participants.

Nell Mel­dahl

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.

Fee Struc­ture

Tuition for the PBI 2016 pro­gram is $1350. This includes room and board for a shared room, work­shop tuition, basic class sup­plies and mate­ri­als. A small course fee may be added to classes with excep­tion­ally high mate­ri­als costs. This cost is indi­cated in the course description.

Sin­gle Room Reservations

There are ten sin­gle occu­pancy dor­mi­tory rooms avail­able, which can be reserved for an addi­tional $300 fee, due upon arrival to PBI. You may request a sin­gle room on the online appli­ca­tion. These rooms will be assigned through a lot­tery sys­tem, with pri­or­ity given to indi­vid­u­als with spe­cial needs.

Tuition and Deposit

Once accepted to PBI, a non-refundable 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, in cash or check. PBI does not accept credit cards.

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.