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 general application period for PBI 2019 is closed. There are no available spots for PBI 2019, and the waiting list is full.

The general application period begins on January 1 of each year. A link to an online application will be posted here. Applications received within the first two weeks are given priority. Applications are accepted through through April 15 or until all spots are filled and confirmed. We make an effort to accept an equitable mix of alumni and newcomers. Acceptance letters are sent out starting in early February every year.

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.

Application for The Nell Meldahl Work-Study Scholarships

The application period for scholarships for PBI 2019 is closed.

The application period for scholarships began on Decem­ber 1 and closed on December 31, 2018 at 5 p.m. Acceptance letters were mailed starting in early February.

PBI offers several half-tuition work-study awards. These 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.

Nell Meldahl

Nell Mel­dahl was an inspir­ing PBI instruc­tor and con­ser­va­tor of East Asian 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.


Tuition for the PBI 2019 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.

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.

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.

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.