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Conference Funding

You can find scholarships, awards, and grants to attend local and national conferences. For additional opportunities, check the web pages of the associations and subgroups of which you are a member. 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 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. Also check every official conference website; often limited-term scholarship opportunities are posted there.

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Conference Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants

ALA

  • 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant - Helps finance attendance at ALA Annual. It covers round trip airfare, lodging, conference registration fees and some incidental expenses. Must be a personal ALA/NMRT member working within the territorial U.S.
  • AASL Frances Henne Award - This $1,250 award recognizes a school library media specialist with five years or less experience who demonstrates leadership qualities with students, teachers and administrators, to attend an AASL conference or ALA Annual Conference for the first time. Applicants must be AASL personal members. 
  • ACRL/DLS Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award provides $1200 to help defray the costs of travel to and participation in the ALA Annual Meeting and a plaque sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Baker & Taylor/YALSA Conference Grants - $1,000 grants to public and school librarians to attend their first ALA conference.
  • The Diana V. Braddom FRFDS Scholarship offers $1,000 stipend towards attending the Fundraising and Financial Development programs at the annual ALA conference.
  • EBSCO Conference Sponsorship - This annual award consisting of $1,000 for actual reimbursed expenses is designed to allow librarians to attend the ALA's Annual Conference.
  • The Federal Librarians Adelaide Del Frate Conference Sponsorship Award of $1,000 is given to a library school student who has an interest in working in a Federal Library for ALA Annual conference attendance.
  • First Step Award/Wiley Professional Development Grant is intended to provide librarians new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspective and to encourage professional development in ALA Conference and participation in Serials Section activities. The $1,500, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., cash award is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc.
  • The Gordon M. Conable conference scholarship provides for ALA Annual conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights, and per diem expenses. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and programs at conference, consult with a mentor/board member, and present a report about their experiences and thoughts.
  • Penguin Young Readers Group Award gives $600 toward attendance at a first ALA conference.
  • The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award gives $1,000 to an ALA/NMRT member for ALA Annual conference attendance.
  • YALSA Supporting Diversity Conference Stipend offers two YALSA members with a diverse background up to $1,000 for ALA Annual conference expenses.

ASIS&T

  • ASIS&T SIG/STI Student Travel Award - A $1000 grant to a library and information science student with an interest or background in chemistry or chemical engineering to defray the cost of attending the ASIST national meeting.
  • ASIS&T SIG USE Interdisciplinary Conference Award - $200 awards for attending non-LIS-specific conferences.
  • ASIS&T SIG USE Masters Student Travel Award - Information and To Apply. $500 to attend the ASIS&T Annual Conference. Please note that attendance at the SIG USE symposium in addition to the ASIS&T Annual Conference is required in order to receive student travel awards.
  • ASIS&T SIG USE PhD Student Travel Award - Information and To Apply. $500 to attend the ASIS&T Annual Conference. Please note that attendance at the SIG USE symposium in addition to the ASIS&T Annual Conference is required in order to receive student travel awards.

MLA

NASIG

  • Horizon Award - Awards for promising new serials professionals, covering cost of NASIG conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.  Recipients will also be invited to serve on a NASIG committee.
  • NASIG Conference Mexican Student Grant / Concesión Mexicana del Estudiante de la Conferencia NASIG - A grant for one qualifying Mexican student to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, lodging, and travel to the annual conference.
  • NASIG Conference Student Grant - Grants for qualifying students to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America
  • Serials Specialist Award - Awards for promising paraprofessionals, covering cost of NASIG conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.

SLA

Other

  • AALL Annual Meeting and workshop grants -- from AALL itself, as well as grants from various chapters for AALL or local conference attendance.
  • The Bogle Pratt International Travel Fund gives $1, 000 to an ALA personal member to attend their first international conference.
  • The Digital Humanities Summer Institute offers conference scholarships.
  • Electronic Resources & Libraries conference attendance grants and awards.
  • Guadalajara Book Fair-Free Pass Program provides: * 3 nights at the Hotel Victoria Express (six nights if you share a room with a colleague who is also part of the program) * 3 continental breakfast * FIL 2007 Registration, courtesy of FIL * $100 toward the cost of airfare, courtesy of ALA FREE PASSES will be awarded to 150 librarians who work in the area of Spanish language acquisitions and/or are working to build their Spanish language collection to better serve their community and users. Applicants must be ALA Personal Members.
  • Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award offers financial support for a minority student enrolled in a post-secondary institution to attend the SAA annual meeting.
  • Hong Kong Book Fair - Free Pass Program for Librarians - The Fair will provide selected librarians from the U.S. and Canada who collect Chinese language materials 4 nights of hotel accommodation, free book fair registration, and invitation to cocktail reception. Those eligible to participate in the program must be personal members of ALA who work in the area of Chinese language acquisitions or are working to build their Chinese language collections to better serve their community of users.
  • $1500 scholarships to attend RAILS (the Research Applications in Information and Library Studies Conference).

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