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Continuing Education Funding

You can find funding for research, travel, continuing education, and other professional activities. (For MLIS/PhD/LTA scholarships, see degree-focused scholarship opportunities.) Also visit the awards, grants, fellowships, and scholarships categories at Beyond the Job for announcements of new opportunities.

Please note that many of these awards, grants, and scholarships have limited annual application periods, and applications may be closed at the time you click on a link. Bookmark to try back later during the formal application period.

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CE Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

  • AALL Scholarships -- The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) offers scholarships each year to students interested in law librarianship. Applications are accepted in several categories –- getting an MLS; MLD for people with a JD; JD for people with an MLS and another appropriate graduate degree for librarians (MBA, computer science, international studies, etc).
  • The ALA Annual Diversity Research Grant Program consists of a one-time $2000 annual award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at ALA Annual Conference.  T
  • David A. Kronick Traveling Fellowship awards one $2,000 fellowship to cover the expenses involved in traveling to three or more medical libraries in the United States or Canada, for the purpose of studying a specific aspect of health information management.
  • The Donald A. B. Lindberg Research Fellowship will provide a $9,945 grant, awarded annually by MLA through a competitive grant process. The purpose of this fellowship is to fund research aimed at expanding the research knowledgebase, linking the information services provided by librarians to improved health care and advances in biomedical research.
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award - Information and To Apply.
  • The Fullbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
  • Hospital Libraries Section/MLA Professional Development Grants provide librarians working in hospital and similar clinical settings with the support needed for educational or research activities.
  • The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a $4,000 grant to a qualified children’s librarian to spend a month or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville.
  • Marcia Tuttle International Award - A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the serials information chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education.
  • Medical Informatics Section/ MLA Career Development Grant - $1500 to support a career development activity that will contribute to advancement in the field of medical informatics.
  • MLA Continuing Education awards of $100-$500 for MLA members to o develop their knowledge of the theoretical, administrative, or technical aspects of librarianship.
  • MLA Research, Development, and Demonstration Project Grant - $100-$1000 grants to provide support for research, development, or demonstration projects that will help to promote excellence in the field of health sciences librarianship and information sciences.
  • MLA/ARL Leadership and Career Development Program is a jointly-sponsored MLA/ARL grant. In addition to ARL's contribution, MLA contributes $4,500 to support advancement and leadership opportunities for one minority, mid-career librarian in academic and research libraries.
  • The Samuel Lazerow Fellowship awards $1,000 for travel or writing in collections or technical services.
  • WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship, or the book trade. Maximum $3,000 award for travel to Europe.

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