Inks Editorial Fellowship Program

Inks Editorial Fellowship Program

Priority Deadline: May 12th, 2023

Applications are being accepted for the Inks Editorial Fellowship, a program designed to support the professional development of new scholars in comics studies and to provide administrative assistance to the editorial team of Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies SocietyThis is a paid fellowship that is open to members of the Graduate Student Caucus of the Comics Studies Society, which includes graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and CSS members within the three years following the receipt of their degree.

Program Details

As an editorial assistant, the fellowship recipient will learn about the procedures of a refereed scholarly journal from manuscript to publication. They will take part in collaborative decision-making at the journal and learn about the criteria that our editors use to evaluate submissions. They will also be encouraged to attend the CSS conference to help promote the journal. The fellowship term is for one academic year with an option to renew for a second year.

Starting in Fall 2023, the Inks fellow will work remotely for approximately 5 hours a week and receive a $6,000 stipend (from August 15 to May 15), as well as a CSS conference registration fee waiver. Responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring communications from authors and reviewers
  • Tracking article submissions and managing a manuscripts log
  • Building a pool of field-specific reviewers
  • Gathering pre-production materials and preparing manuscripts for copyediting
  • Managing the journal’s social media presence


Previous editorial experience is not required; however, the recipient must be a member of the CSS Graduate Student Caucus at the start of the fellowship. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. The selection will be based on the applicants’ strong academic standing, writing skills, and interest in the journal, with priority given to underrepresented and marginalized scholars. 

Application Process

To apply, please submit: 1) a cover letter that speaks to your interest in Inks and the skills that you bring to the role; 2) a CV with contact information for two professional references; and 3) a writing sample of no more than 25 pages to Finalists will also be asked to complete an editing exercise. The committee will begin reviewing applications on May 12, with the goal of announcing a decision during the second week of June.