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Mon, Mar 04


ILAB Scholarships

Three scholarships for the 2024 ILAB Congress in Amsterdam (October 14 - 17, 2024)

Are you an antiquarian bookseller at the early stage of your career? Would you like to join ILAB booksellers from all over the world at the next ILAB Congress in the beautiful city of Amsterdam? Apply for one of the congress scholarships no later than 30 April 2024!

Three scholarships for the 2024 ILAB Congress in Amsterdam (October 14 - 17, 2024)
Three scholarships for the 2024 ILAB Congress in Amsterdam (October 14 - 17, 2024)

Time & Location

Mar 04, 2024, 7:00 PM – Apr 30, 2024, 12:00 AM

ILAB Scholarships, Amsterdam, Netherlands

About the Event

ILAB - The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers 

An ILAB Congress in Amsterdam was originally planned four years ago but then the pandemic caused the first ever cancellation of a congress. However, the Amsterdam ILAB Congress can now finally take place and is nearly fully booked out. The Dutch Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (or, more accurately, the Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren) has - as in 2020 - generously offered three scholarships for booksellers in the early stages of their careers to attend the events of the 2024 ILAB Congress in Amsterdam free of charge. The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) will supplement the three scholarships with a grant of EUR 500 each to cover part of the booksellers' travel and hotel expenses.   Details of the congress events, which include library and museum visits and meals are available at   Who can apply?

Scholarship applications are open to full-time antiquarian booksellers, at the early stages of their career, whether as independent dealers or employees. Applications should consist of an essay in one of ILAB's two official languages, French or English, of no more than 300 words describing the applicant's background, current (and, where appropriate, previous) employment, particular interests or specialisms, and motivation for applying. A curriculum vitae may be attached, but is not required, and links to the applicant's bookselling presence on the internet are welcome.   The Judging Committee would like to know how applicants believe attending the Congress could further their business and personal goals, and where they see their careers going in the next five to ten years. Finalists may be asked to provide two or three names of booksellers whom the committee could contact for references, as well as proof of their business incorporation, such as VAT or other tax registration.   Dates & Contact details: Applications, which can be emailed to, must be submitted by 30 April 2024. 

The three awards will be announced no later than 1 June.

The congress is followed by the 42nd Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book Fair on 19-20 October 2024 with a Preview in the evening of the 18th of October.

Join the Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA) and ILAB at the 45th ILAB Congress in Amsterdam, a city filled with art, literature and so many other cultural delights! We look forward to receiving your applications!

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Note:  These events are listed as a courtesy to members and friends of IOBA.  Every effort is made to post accurate information, but that the most reliable information will be found at the link the promoters website:  ILAB Website: 

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