A new Gaelic publishing scholarship was launched today by the Gaelic Books Council and the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication at the University of Stirling.
The fully-funded scholarship is open to candidates with fluent written and spoken Scottish Gaelic, on Stirling’s industry-leading MLitt in Publishing Studies programme for session 2013-14.
Rosemary Ward, Director of the Gaelic Books Council said: “The Gaelic Books Council is delighted to be working in collaboration with Stirling to offer this exciting Gaelic scholarship opportunity.
“The demand for Gaelic publications continues to increase, as a result of the growing number of pupils attending Gaelic Medium Education and the ever increasing number of adult learners. Investment in this sector is essential if existing Gaelic publishers are to cope with growing demand.”
She added: “This scholarship will attract new talent into the sector and begin the process of increasing capacity and knowledge transfer.”
Professor Claire Squires, Director of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication said: “We’re very pleased to be working with the Gaelic Books Council to provide this opportunity for a Gaelic-language student on the MLitt in Publishing Studies at Stirling.
“We have always been closely connected to the Scottish publishing industry, and many of our students have gone on to develop successful careers within it. On the programme, students develop hands-on skills and business acumen, and also an understanding for the wider cultural and social contexts of publishing.”
She added: “We also strongly encourage our students to develop an entrepreneurial approach to publishing, and envisage that this partnership with the Gaelic Books Council will have a positive impact on the development and sustainability of the Gaelic publishing scene.”
The successful student will study at the University’s Stirling campus and the Gaelic Books Council will secure appropriate placements with Gaelic publisher(s). Additionally, the Gaelic Books Council will act as advisor for the student’s Publishing Project and Dissertation which is required to have a Gaelic focus.
Applications for the Gaelic scholarship should be submitted no later than 5.00pm on Friday 31 May 2013. Further details are available here.